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Statewide pause to Phase 4 transition will not change much for Whitman County

Whitman County will remain in Phase 3 indefinitely.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 3, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced that counties in Washington will not be allowed to move to Phase 4. However, the decision will not change much for Whitman County. Statewide, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases, said Troy Henderson, Whitman County Public Healt...

School district creates task force to manage fall reopening

Shannon Focht, Pullman Public Schools communication coordinator, said the task force is split into nine committees, each with a different focus.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

June 19, 2020

Pullman Public Schools created a task force to ensure fall reopening goes smoothly and meets all state guidelines.  The task force is made up of nine committees, each with a different focus, said Shannon Focht, Pullman Public Schools communication coordinator.  These focuses include finance ...

University outdoor recreation shop reopens for Phase 3

The WSU Outdoor Recreation Rental Shop partially reopened on Monday. Employees are required to wear face masks and rentals are disinfected after every use.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

The WSU Outdoor Recreation Rental Shop partially reopened on Monday, following Whitman County’s approval for Phase 3 of reopening.  Donald Schmit, Rental Shop and Coug Bikes coordinator, said they have employed safety measures to limit the possible spread of disease. Equipment is cleaned and disi...

‘We find ourselves needing to essentially reinvent ourselves’

The Neill Public Library will have books available for curbside pickup starting June 15. Library materials will be disinfected and placed in Ziploc bags.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

Neill Public Library will begin its curbside pick-up service June 15, which will be available 1-6 p.m. Monday to Friday. “It's been really interesting for public libraries because we have spent a lifetime positioning ourselves as community-gathering spaces,” said NPL Director Joanna Bailey. “We find ou...

University Recreation plans for Phase 3 reopening

WSU's Student Recreation Center on August 2019. University Recreation facilities are planning to open at 50 percent capacity as Whitman County enters Phase 3.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

Recreational facilities can operate at 50 percent capacity in Phase 3. However, Gov. Jay Inslee has not provided specific requirements for how fitness centers can open safely. WSU's University Recreation staff does not know when facilities like the Student Recreation Center or Chinook Student Cente...

Most remaining businesses now open in Phase 3

Whitman County entered Phase 3 on June 6. Several business are still closed, awaiting opening guidelines from the governor's office.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

John Wiesman, Washington's Secretary of Health, approved Whitman County to enter Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan on June 6. Phase 3 allows most remaining closed businesses to reopen once they can meet safety guidelines from the governor’s office.  Whitman County has ...

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