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April 4, 2020

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Des Moines high school track coach inappropriately touched, made sexual comments to female athletes, prosecutors say

April 1, 2020, 8:38am Northwest

SEATTLE — A 66-year-old teacher and track coach at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines was charged last week with four counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, accused of inappropriately touching and making sexual comments to three girls who were members of the school’s track team in 2018 and 2019, according to King County prosecutors. Read story

Bellevue dentist accused of setting fire to medical gowns and masks in attempt to burn down his office

April 1, 2020, 8:37am Northwest

A Bellevue dentist who was being evicted from his office for failing to pay rent is accused of dousing medical gowns and masks with lighter fluid or some other accelerant and setting fires in his exam and X-ray rooms, according to King County prosecutors. Read story

North Spokane hit-and-run collision sends car into house, setting both ablaze

April 1, 2020, 8:35am Northwest

SPOKANE — A two-car hit-and-run collision on North Freya Street in north Spokane Tuesday evening sent one car into a house, setting both ablaze and closing down a major intersection. Read story

Bankruptcy court declares ‘easy call’ in approving lease of Astria Regional for state COVID-19 efforts

April 1, 2020, 8:34am Northwest

YAKIMA — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved Astria Health’s motion to lease the closed Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima to the state of Washington as part of its coronavirus response. Read story

Model shows April 19 peak for virus in Washington

April 1, 2020, 8:33am Health

SEATTLE -- Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer with the Washington Department of Health, said on Tuesday that a University of Washington data model estimates that the state COVID-19 outbreak will peak around April 19. Read story

Decision on extending stay home order in Washington, activating National Guard expected ‘in day or so’

April 1, 2020, 8:26am Editor's Choice

OLYMPIA — A decision on whether to extend Washington’s stay-home order and closure of nonessential businesses is likely soon, and with it could come activation of some National Guard units. Read story

Flood of coronavirus data overwhelms state’s disease-reporting system, leading to lag in data

April 1, 2020, 8:25am Latest News

Even as the novel coronavirus has spread from Washington’s cities to its small towns and rural communities, Department of Health (DOH) officials acknowledged Tuesday they’re wrestling with another thorny problem from the pandemic: A flood of case data is overwhelming the disease-reporting system. Read story

State may get only fraction of ventilators it requested

March 31, 2020, 6:48pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington may get only a fraction of the ventilators it requested from the federal government’s national stockpile of medical supplies, Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief of staff said Tuesday. Read story

National Guard likely to be deployed in state

March 31, 2020, 6:33pm Northwest

OLYMPIA — The Washington National Guard is expected to be deployed soon to respond to the new coronavirus outbreak by assisting local food banks, state officials said Tuesday. Read story

Small tornado touches down in southeastern Washington

March 31, 2020, 5:59pm Northwest

RICHLAND — A small tornado appeared to touch down just north of Richland on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Read story