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Healthcare providers reporting higher than normal number of flu cases in Grant County

Healthcare providers reporting higher than normal number of flu cases in Grant County

The Grant County Health District (GCHD) reported that they have received over 200 positive influenza lab reports in Grant County. Most of the cases are from the past two weeks, and were located in Moses Lake, Quincy, and Mattawa. Additionally, several Moses Lake schools are reporting 10% absenteeism.

 

Since early December, GCHD has been in communication with healthcare providers and schools as the reports are positive flu cases began to increase.

 

With the higher than normal number of flu cases, Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny wants residents to know that the flu vaccine is still their best protection.

 

“The flu is in our communities year-long but is now increasing at significant numbers which tells us the seasonal epidemic of influenza has started,” states Dr. Brzezny.

 

With holiday travel quickly approaching GCHD urges all residents 6 months and older to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Currently, there is no shortage of flu vaccine and it is widely available through clinics and pharmacies.

 

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Judge rules Nathan Brooks trial will take place in Grant County

Nathan Brooks, the 16-year-old Moses Like Boy will face his two counts of attempted murder in Grant County Superior Court. The news comes after Brooks' defense attorney, Brain Gwinn, argued that the news coverage surrounding the allegations tainted the potential jury pool.

Public asked to weigh in on six shoreline programs designed to protect water's edges in Grant County

Public asked to weigh in on six shoreline programs designed to protect water's edges in Grant County

Programs to manage shorelines in six cities and towns within Grant County are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

 

Coulee City, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Krupp, Soap Lake, and Wilson Creek joined Grant County in 2011 in a regional planning process to update each community’s shoreline program.

 

Grant County’s program received final approval in September 2014. Each of the cities and towns share environmental studies and an inventory of current shoreline conditions with the county. The communities’ then tailored portions of individual shoreline programs to meet local needs.

 

Shoreline programs are designed to help protect the shoreline environment, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and allow people access to public land and waters.

 

After approval from Ecology, the shoreline programs will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

 

Meeting regarding the Connell Rail Interchange held in Moses Lake

Meeting regarding the Connell Rail Interchange held in Moses Lake

Approximately 30 people attended an important meeting on December 15th in Moses Lake  to discuss the Connell Rail Interchange, a key rail interchange in Eastern Washington where the Columbia Basin Railroad line intersects with BNSF Railway’s Lakeside Subdivision line which runs between Spokane and Pasco, Washington.    

WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County

WDFW feeding deer to protect orchards near Pateros in Okanogan County

State wildlife officials are temporarily feeding deer to protect orchards in the Pateros area, but say widespread feeding of Okanogan County mule deer is not needed at this time.

 

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) northcentral regional director Jim Brown said most deer are faring well thanks to mild weather and below-average snow cover in the wake of the largest wildfire in state history in July.

 

The Carlton Complex fire scorched tens of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, including some traditional mule deer winter range. But a mild, rainy fall has produced some of the best forage for deer in recent years, both inside and outside of the burn area, Brown said.

 

“Deer often concentrate during the winter near Pateros’ fruit tree orchards – independent of the effects of fire – and cause damage,” Brown said. “Until more deer fence is repaired, we are using feed to draw deer away from the orchards.”

 

Jaywalker struck by car in Ephrata, Basin Street closed for investigation

Jaywalker struck by car in Ephrata, Basin Street closed for investigation

Update: Basin Street reopened following the investigation at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday.

 

A jaywalker in Ephrata was struck by a northbound car on Basin Street near the intersection of Basin and 13th SW. at approximately 6:48 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Ephrata Police responded to the incident at 6:49 a.m. and performed CPR on the pedestrian before
EMS arrived. American Medical Response transported the pedestrian to Columbia Basin Hospital.
The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was crossing the highway while not in a crosswalk.
There is no other information on the pedestrian at this time.


The city of Ephrata asks citizens to exercise great caution while walking and driving, especially during the dark when it is snowing.


Ephrata Police were assisted by the Ephrata Fire Department, Ephrata Public Works, and deputies
from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Ephrata pedestrian hit by car while jaywalking

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after being hit by a car near the intersection of Basin and 13th SW.�

Ephrata police say Basin will be closed into early Tuesday afternoon.�

Police responded to the scene just before 7 a.m. and performed CPR on the pedestrian.�

Police say the person was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk. There is no word on that person's condition.�