Kennewick, WAKEPR

Kennewick family changes stance on vaccine after getting Covid-19

KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A Kennewick family is sharing their story, hoping it can help save at least one life. The Johnsons considered themselves anti-vaxxers until the young, healthy family came down with Covid-19. The family is now celebrating what they’re calling a second chance at life and want to share how...
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Tri-cities, WAKEPR

Water Follies event is back for a weekend of racing

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Water Follies event is back for the first time since 2019. Organizers cancelled last year's event due to COVID-19, leaving the river looking empty on a weekend that is normally packed with action. "It felt a little out of place, it felt like something was missing,...
Tri-cities, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tri-Cities more than doubles in a week

The number of people hospitalized locally for treatment of COVID-19 has doubled in a week, according to data from the Benton Franklin Health District. It is the highest number of hospitalized COVID patients reported by the local health district in more than five months. Public health officials are blaming the...
Hermiston, ORHerald and News

07/24 NW brfs

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s top epidemiologist is recommending that everyone wear a mask or face covering in crowded indoor places because of the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant — even if they have been vaccinated. Dr. Scott Lindquist said Friday the state is seeing a “fifth wave” of...
Richland, WAKEPR

DOH still considering guidance for masks in school

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — As kids soak up their last couple weeks of summer, the future of masks in the classroom is still unclear. According to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teachers and students who are fully vaccinated don't need to wear a mask, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is strongly encouraging masking up regardless of vaccination status.