10/12: Indigenous Peoples Day

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY KTQA acknowledges that we are broadcasting from the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. Our region is covered by the Treaty of Medicine Creek, signed under duress in 1854. According to the National Museum of the American Indian, the treaty was interpreted into the 500-word Chinook Trade Jargon, which lacked words […]

10/7: Lots of new state updates!

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STATE The governor has confirmed that all of Washington’s 39 counties will remain until further notice in their current phases of reopening, but that adjusted guidelines for various sectors of the economy and community are effective immediately: Libraries in phase 2 counties may open for indoor activity up to 25% capacity, bringing them into alignment […]

10/5: Monday Briefing

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STATE 26 different proclamations related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended until November 9th. The full list is available in the news section at coronavirus.wa.gov, but the proclamations cover issues related to drivers licenses, public meetings, telemedicine, nursing homes and longterm care facilities, orders of protection, wage garnishments, licensing of recent dental and health […]

9/30: Wednesday Update

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STATE Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or “WIC”, will continue to offer enrollment, health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and food benefit interviews remotely via phone or videochat for as long as the declared national public health emergency goes on. To find WIC services in your area, text “WIC” to 96859, […]

9/28: Monday Briefing

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STATE The Department of Social and Health Services, or DSHS, is expected to provide extra food benefits up to the maximum allowed for each household for October 2020. Those who normally receive food benefits on October 1 or 2 will see the additional benefits on their EBT card October 2nd. Those who normally receive food […]

9/25: Friday Briefing

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STATE The governor has extended a legislature-approved residency waiver for graduate students studying at state institutions. Due to COVID, students may not be able to travel to campus but are still continuing their studies remotely. The waiver exempts these students from residing in Washington during their fall quarter studies. The insurance commissioner’s emergency order that […]

9/18: Friday Briefing

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BORDER Canada has extended its border closure with the United States through at least October 21. STATE The State Health department is imploring Washingtonian to answer phone calls or return voicemails from state contact tracers in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The governor has issued updated guidance for weddings and funerals, which may […]

9/16: Wednesday Briefing

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STATE The Washington Emergency Management Division is hosting an emergency preparedness webinar on Thursday, September 17th, at 11:30am Links to the online event can be found at Facebook.com/WashEMD in the “events” section, or by going to bit.ly/re-prepare2. PIERCE COUNTY The Pierce County Council has made more money available for rent and mortgage assistance to small […]

9/14: Monday Briefing

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STATE The Washington State Dept of Health notes that air pollution due to wildfire smoke can provoke symptoms that can look a lot like COVID-19: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. Serious wheezing and shortness of breath are always worth a call to your health care provider — or 911 if you are really struggling to […]

9/9: Wednesday Briefing

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STATE The state health department’s agency operations were severely impacted by wind storm damage on Monday and Tuesday this week, with several services temporarily unavailable The department was forced to delay updates to COVID-19 data on Tuesday, so numbers may appear skewed this week. FIRES & AIR As of Wednesday morning, September 9, wildfire smoke […]