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Morning Press: Camas High COVID; Navigation Center; Woody’s Tacos; Clark College baseball; Tower Mall vaccines

By The Columbian
Published: March 13, 2021, 6:01am

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

In-person classes canceled at Camas High after COVID spreads at party

Camas High School will pause in-person instruction Thursday and Friday following an off-site party attended by students who have since tested positive for COVID-19 or came within close contact of someone who did.

The party took place the night of March 5, said district spokeswoman Doreen McKercher, and was attended by several of the high school’s football players. Superintendent Jeff Snell said Wednesday the district is working with Clark County Public Health and contract tracing measures already are underway. McKercher said the students who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 are in isolation, and those who were identified as close contacts are under quarantine.

Camas High School COVID-19 case count grows

The Camas School District announced Thursday it now has 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases involving students who attend Camas High School and an additional 33 Camas students who are identified as close contacts.

Vancouver weighs selling Navigation Center

Vancouver leaders are considering selling the Navigation Center, the beleaguered day shelter for the homeless temporarily closed by COVID-19, so it can serve as a new library headquarters.

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Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle told The Columbian on Wednesday that the city council still needs to discuss the proposition at Monday’s meeting. But on her end, selling is something she would “absolutely” support.

Sewage floods new location of Woody’s Tacos

After a week and a half of the new Woody’s Tacos downtown being open, a sewage line burst, forcing owner Scott “Woody” Holzinger to close for an indefinite amount of time while he seeks repairs.

The bill is estimated to be $40,000 to $50,000, and Holzinger said he’s unsure how he’ll pay it. But he expects to reopen eventually at that location, 809 Washington St.

“I’m really bummed right now,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “A week and a half of business. All the money I dumped into this, it would be horrible walking away.”

Clark College baseball players plan their own season

RIDGEFIELD – At the end of a recent practice, baseball players from Clark College simulated a game-winning hit.

The runner tore around the bases, slid into home plate and was mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.

It didn’t matter that the jerseys they wore didn’t represent their school, but rather the club team NW Star.

It didn’t matter that the field wasn’t on Clark College’s campus, where the team hasn’t been able to use the baseball facilities ever since the school announced two weeks ago it was canceling spring sports due to COVID-19.

Clark College calls off spring sports for second year due to COVID-19

Clark College has announced it will not allow any spring sports this season, a move that puts it at odds with most other community colleges in the Northwest.

The decision affects baseball, softball and track and field. 

Tower Mall COVID-19 vaccine appointments open to eligible public

COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the Tower Mall site in Vancouver are now available for anyone who is eligible in Phase 1a or Phase 1b Tier 1.

Visit the Safeway/Alberstons website to schedule an appointment: https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/VancouverTM.

Clark County continues to see vaccine boost

Clark County continues to see a greater COVID-19 vaccine allocation two weeks after legislators, county councilors and Clark County Public Health pressed the state on the county’s small weekly allocations.