11/17: Tuesday Briefing

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We started KTQA Daily Briefing back in March of this year, when our school closures and stay-home orders began. As the spring progressed to summer, so too did our work to “flatten the curve of infection” progress. As Pierce County moved into Phase 2 of reopening, and Sam and Becky went back to work (he […]

11/16: Monday Briefing

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State-level updates on COVID-19 can be found online in multiple languages at coronavirus.wa.gov. Dialing 311 will get you to the City of Tacoma’s non-emergency information line. The state’s Coronavirus Q&A line is staffed 7 days a week, 6am-10pm, at 1-800-525-0127. For interpreters in other languages, press # when they answer and say your language. You […]

11/13: Friday Briefing

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STATE The Washington state Department of Health reported 2,142 new cases of COVID-19 today, which represents a record high for our state. The previous record was from just last week, when 1,770 cases were reported on November 7th. Last week and this week, the state had 6 straight days of more than 1,000 new Covid-19 […]

11/9: Monday Briefing

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STATE The Washington State Department of Health has reported that today is the 6th consecutive day with more than new 1,000 new COVID-19 cases across the state. Officials have scheduled an “urgent COVID-19 response media briefing” for 2:30pm Tuesday afternoon. In the meantime, Washingtonians are strongly urged to commit to fewer, shorter, smaller social gatherings, […]

11/3: Monday Briefing

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STATE The governor issued an emergency rule on Friday requiring the state Department of Retirement Systems to maintain continuity of pension benefits for school district employees who are experiencing work disruption due to remote instruction in the wake of COVID-19. Also on Friday of last week, Washington reported [https://coronavirus.wa.gov/news/state-reports-more-1000-cases-day-first-time-summer|more than 1000 new COVID-19 infections]], the […]

10/26: Monday Briefing & Phil Gets Out The Vote

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Today’s briefing precedes a 1952 episode of the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show called “Get out the vote!” You can check your ballot status and get voter info at votewa.gov. 

10/23: Friday Briefing

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STATE The Washington State Department of Health plans to release a monthly report on the number of cases of a rare and serious syndrome linked to COVID-19 infection in children Since the start of the pandemic, 15 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome have been recorded in Washington. Parents and other caregivers to children are urged […]

10/21: Wednesday Briefing

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STATE Due to the pandemic, the Department of Licensing is temporarily allowing even residents over age 70 to renew their driver license or ID card online at dol.wa.gov. The governor issued further rules relating to institutions of higher education to address significant increases in COVID-19 infections occurring on or near college campuses in places like […]

10/19: Monday Briefing

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STATE The border between Canada and the US will remain closed for at least another month for most individuals who aren’t essential workers or those with immediate relatives on either side of the border. The U.S. Embassy in Canada stated that the border policy applies to automotive, commuter rail and ferry travel but not air, […]

10/16: Friday Briefing

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STATE Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Douglas and Chelan Counties have entered Phase 2 of reopening. The Washington State Department of Health released the latest COVID-19 transmission report, with the following findings: Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern Washington, but the eastern Washington situation is unstable and efforts to control the spread […]