It’s time for another installment of of our special series COVID-19 Update, bringing you the latest developments on the novel coronavirus outbreak that public health authorities here and across the country are working to mitigate.
On Tuesday, June 23th, in response to the increase in cases of COVID-19 within multiple counties within the state of Washington, Governor Jay Inslee declared that, as of Friday, June 26th, a statewide mandatory face mask order will be in effect. This will apply to all public indoor and outdoor spaces.
The new directive comes in the wake of Governor Inslee’s order on June 22nd, which was specific to hard-hit Yakima County.
Later that same day, Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza, while addressing a group of residents in Napavine gathered against a protest against the nearby Uncle Sam sign adjacent to Interstate 5 (which didn’t materialize), stated that if Governor Inslee decided that all citizens in Washington state should wear face masks, “Don’t be a sheep.” Sheriff Snaza has since allegedly walked back his remarks, saying that he didn’t say not to wear face masks.
On Tuesday, June 23rd, the Oregon Health Authority reported that thirty-seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 could be traced to Lamb Weston’s food processing facility in Hermiston. The company had closed the facility on June 15th for cleaning, and the OHA started its investigation on June 16th.
On Wednesday, June 24th, the Oregon Health Authority’s set of face covering rules for people within indoor public spaces took effect in seven counties: Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Washington. Updated guidance by the Oregon Health Authority for all other counties regarding face covering took place on Thursday, June 25th.
Also on June 24th, the state legislature went into a special session requested by Governor Kate Brown. Legislators were asked to extend residential and commercial evictions resulting from the pandemic, initially declared via executive orders by Governor Brown, for an additional ninety days. Legislators were also asked to weigh potential modifications to the state’s budget.
By the time the session had adjourned, some progress had been made.
On Wednesday, June 24th, the Idaho Department of Correction announced its first case of COVID-19 at the Idaho State Correctional Center, a men’s prison in Kuna.
A number of tourism-related business, entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and the local film industry, under the guidance of the provincial health office and WorkSafeBC, will be allowed to reopen.
Washington state has had 33,391 cases and 1,320 attributable deaths.
548,222 people have been tested.
Oregon has had 8,485 cases and 204 attributable deaths.
235,133 people have been tested.
Idaho has had 5,752 cases and 91 attributable deaths.
88,763 people have been tested.
British Columbia has had 2,904 cases and 174 attributable deaths.
192,432 people have been tested.