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Today, Gov. Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 4. The governor says the fastest way to economic recovery is the recovery of our health. Stay home. Stay healthy. Save lives. The order continues to require everyone to stay at home unless they are pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment or going to work at an essential business. This is unprecedented times and the sacrifice residents have made are clear. But we will get through this together. #WeGotThisWA

All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains, and other things necessary for continued operations will continue to remain open. https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed

Employment Security phone lines continue to be overwhelmed. Keep trying or try filing online. https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/retroactive-payments

The order means that the eviction moratorium continues. If you are having problems with a landlord, let the state know: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx

Our team at our state Emergency Operations Center has processed thousands of inquiries looking to be an essential business. If you have more questions, let them know https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d4c155fa930f4b848f95774d610c9708

There are so many businesses and people staying home and we appreciate everyone’s help. But if you see a business willfully violating the order, report suspected violators at the link. Don’t call 911. https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/09349a1c56844b539fea1c2cabd16d56

Have questions? Visit http://coronavirus.wa.gov or call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

East Wenatchee, WA – Many people are curious about the positive COVID-19 cases confirmed so far in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Chelan-Douglas Health District was not releasing details on individual cases to protect patient confidentiality. Unfortunately, because we now have enough cases, we will release grouped information.

One caution. You may live in a town with no lab confirmed cases so far. That does not mean the virus is not there. Recent studies make it very clear that there are many mild or non-symptomatic cases, that is, people don’t know they have coronavirus, and that they can infect others. Most people who get this infection will recover and be fine, but the measures we take now will save the lives of vulnerable people. You must do the same things – stay home, wash hands, etc. – whether or not there happen to be known cases in your town. The infection is there, and there will be more. STAY HOME – STAY HEALTHY – STAY SAFE.

The following information represents confirmed cases in Chelan and Douglas Counties as of April 1, 2020:

Confirmed Cases by Age

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Confirmed Cases by Sex at Birth

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Confirmed Cases by City

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Statement on Deaths:

There have been two (2) deaths among those who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Both were more than 80 years old and had coexisting medical conditions.

COVID-19 Resources:

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Chelan-Douglas Emergency Operation Center

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The body of 18-year-old Hannia “Paulina” Mosqueda Rodriguez of Waterville was discovered near Horse Lake Road on March 17th (see our previous story).

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses incurred during this difficult time.

Please help by donating at: gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-paulina.

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On March 30th at 4:13 PM crews from Chelan Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a reported illegal burn in the 400 block of Tennant Lane off Washington Creek. 

Arriving crews found an unattended 10’ X 50’burn pile that had reignited due to windy conditions that was slowly spreading. 

Crews were able to quickly control and extinguish the fire in an hour. 

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone to please call Chelan Fire & Rescue at (509)682-4476 or check the Department of Ecology website for daily updated burning information. 

dougcountysherlogoDouglas County officially combined with the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Chelan County, City of Wenatchee, and City of East Wenatchee to form a Unified Emergency Operations Center in response to the COVID-19 Virus.

Unification of response efforts will result in increased efficiency and resource availability during this situation.

All official emergency response information regarding COVID-19 will be coming from this newly formed group.

More information and all future communication can be found at www.cdeoc.org.

colville 12 tribes logoOMAK, WASH. April 1, 2020— Following guidance from the Colville Business Council, 12 Tribes Casinos has extended closures for all three casino properties- 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak, 12 Tribes Mill Bay Casino in Manson, and 12 Tribes Coulee Dam Casino in Coulee Dam.

The closure has been in effect since March 17, 2020 and will last through April 30, 2020, in accordance with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

“These measures are necessary to ensure the safety of our patrons, employees, and communities, and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 to allow everyone to resume their normal lives as soon as possible,” said Colville Tribal Federal Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Kary Nichols.

Updates will be made available on 12 Tribes Colville Casino’s website at www.colvillecasinos.com/covid-19-prevention.

douglascountysheriff148On March 31, 2020 at approximately 5:33 PM a Douglas County Deputy heard a broadcast from Rivercom with an attempt to locate for a subject with a confirmed Department of Correction’s felony warrant for escape.

The subject with the warrant was Victor J. Stevenson, a 31 year-of-age male out of Wenatchee.

The Deputy, familiar with Stevenson from prior contacts, went to the 400 block of Parkway in Rock Island to attempt to locate. The Deputy saw Stevenson enter a motor home in the 400 block of Parkway, but was told he was not there when he tried to make contact.

With the assistance of Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee P.D and Wenatchee P.D. units, the area was secured and a search warrant was obtained. Utilizing phone conversations, Stevenson ultimately surrendered without incident before the search warrant was served.

Stevenson was booked into CCRJ on his felony warrant.

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The Chelan-Douglas Regional EOC reports that the Washington National Guard will be deploying to communities around the state to assist with food distribution at local food banks.

Starting tomorrow, April 2nd, the National Guard will be sending 10 guardsmen to Wenatchee to assist with food distribution at the Town Toyota Center. The National Guard will be assisting our local food banks, churches and community groups as they combine resources to better serve our community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The request for the National Guard was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The National Guard will only be assisting with food distribution. They will not be utilized in any law enforcement capacity or to enforce any restrictions put in place by Governor Inslee.

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Yakima, WA— March 27, 2020 — This week has proven to be a most challenging of time for the country, state, and now -- the building industry.

On Wednesday evening, Gov. Jay Inslee issued clarification on construction in which he significantly narrowed the original order which allowed for “housing construction.” His new order does allow for continued construction, under limited circumstances:
a) Construction related to essential activities as described in the order;
b) To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing; or
c) To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.

To that end, it is permissible for workers who are building, construction superintendents, tradesmen, or tradeswomen, or other trades including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, laborers, sheet metal, iron workers, masonry, pipe trades, fabricators, heavy equipment and crane operators, finishers, exterminators, pesticide applicators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC technicians, painting, moving and relocation services, forestry and arborists, and other service providers to provide services consistent with this guidance. All construction activity must meet social distancing and appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding.

(Gov. Inslee’s March 25, 2020 Memo: Construction Guidance – Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25)

Contractors are required by local 2 jurisdictions to have strict safety plans, various licenses and certifications that ensure safety not only for their crews, but for the safety and well-being of homeowners.

Residents and community members may continue to see construction still occurring, but must understand that CWHBA is not providing direct or legal interpretation of the order, enforcing or enquiring regarding specific job sites, and trusts that builders are moving in a direction that is safe and in compliance with the order.

Visit CWHBA.org for more information to stay informed.