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Confirmed case count rises to five in Whitman County

Confirmed case count rises to five in Whitman County

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 28, 2020

The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Whitman County rose to five this morning, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. The two newest patients are both 50 to 59-year-old males, according to the press release. They are both stable and quarantin...

Book delivery service suspended

Book delivery service suspended

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 28, 2020

The Neill Public Library has halted all onsite operations, as well as the home book delivery service due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay at home order. Joanna Bailey, Neill Public Library director, said Pullman community members with library cards still have access to more than 100,000 books and movie...

WSU Greek members talk about changes in Greek life due to COVID-19

WSU Greek members talk about changes in Greek life due to COVID-19

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

March 27, 2020

Normally, when students return from spring break they expect to return to university life and for new Greek recruits, to be initiated into their house. This year was different because WSU Greek chapters have been ordered to cancel all events and maintain social distancing practices in order to pr...

Pot shop still open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Pot shop still open amid COVID-19 pandemic

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

March 27, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay-at-home” order exempts essential businesses and workers, one of which includes cannabis retailers such as MJ’s Pot Shop on Southeast Bishop Boulevard. Jenn Augenstein, general manager at MJ’s Pot Shop, said the shop is running normally on top of all the additional safety precautio...

Pullman first responders prepare for COVID-19

Pullman first responders prepare for COVID-19

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Pullman Fire, Pullman Police and WSU Police are practicing new protocols and following guidelines that include social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Pullman Fire Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said firefighters are carrying gloves, masks and eye protection. They also sometimes carry...

Cab drivers reflect on uncertainty of business

Cab drivers reflect on uncertainty of business

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

As the fear of the coronavirus spreads, gig economy workers ruminate in the uncertainty of the future.  Rob Borden, owner of College Cabs and Auto Repair at the Hive, said he has seen over an 80 percent reduction in revenue for College Cabs. The company combined its drivers into fewer vehi...

Police confirm death of WSU football player

Police confirm death of WSU football player

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

The death of Bryce Beekman, WSU student and redshirt senior, was confirmed Wednesday morning by the Pullman Police Department.  Pullman PD Cmdr. Jake Opgenorth said Beekman, 22, passed away in Pullman. Beekman is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to the WSU Athletics website.  ...

Washington defines ‘essential workforce’ for stay-at-home order

Washington defines ‘essential workforce’ for stay-at-home order

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home order on Monday for all Washington residents in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases statewide. Among those exempt from the order are members of the "essential workforce" in various critical areas such as healthcare, energy and communication. Inslee's ...

Several Pullman bars switch to delivery, to-go only systems

Several Pullman bars switch to delivery, to-go only systems

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

Local restaurants and bars in Pullman have had to look for ways to deal with COVID-19 after the governor ordered that restaurants no longer serve customers in-store. Many of them are switching to to-go only or delivery-only service. Travis O’Dell, owner of The Land, said they were closed all of last ...

Public services change in wake of COVID-19

Public services change in wake of COVID-19

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2020

Many public organizations in Pullman changed how they operate in the wake of multiple positive COVID-19 cases in the county. Neill Public Library Joanna Bailey, Neill Public Library director, said the library building is closed to the public and all online services remain available. People can also reg...

Hospital begins to test patients for COVID-19

Hospital begins to test patients for COVID-19

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

To combat the growing threat of COVID-19, Pullman Regional Hospital (PRH) opened a Triage and Testing Center for patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 on Monday. According to a press release by Megan Guido, chief marketing & community relations officer, PRH’s new testing center will be run...

County temporarily closes certain offices to public

County temporarily closes certain offices to public

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

Several Whitman County offices have closed for public availability due to COVID-19 precautions.  The offices that are closed until further notice include the Auditor’s Office, the Elections Office, the Assessor’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office, according to a press release from March ...

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