Updated at 15:40
The Pac-12 conference announced Tuesday that it will allow voluntary sports training for all sports to begin June 15, “subject to the decision on each campus and where permitted by relevant state entities.”
Last week, the NCAA announced it would allow conferences and schools to reopen for voluntary sports-related activities on campus on June 1. The conference then decided to update its COVID-19 pandemic policy during a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group earlier on Tuesday.
“Since states have either already opened or begun to open access to parks, gyms and other fitness facilities, student-athletes should have the opportunity to be in this, which, for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can access the best available support for health, well-being and education. “
According to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan uses the state of Washington’s staged strategy to reopen. Small gatherings of no more than five persons are allowed in phase 2 while gatherings of no more than 50 persons are allowed in phase 3. Collections with 50 or more persons are not allowed until phase 4.
While some counties in the state have moved to phase 2, King County – home to the University of Washington – currently remains in phase 1. Unless a county has been approved to move to the next phase early, phases should be at least three weeks. According to the current plan, King County would not reach Phase 4 until July.
In a release, Pac-12 said its decision “was informed by a comprehensive set of best practice guidelines and protocols set up by the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee.” The committee includes specialists in infectious diseases, doctors, researchers and educators affiliated with conference universities.
Pierce County reports 3 new cases from COVID-19
Updated at 15:15
Pierce County on Tuesday reported three new COVID-19 cases with a new death.
The county’s total number now amounts to 1,877 cases and 75 deaths, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
The Health Department noted that the low number of Tuesdays may be a result of delays in data processing during Memorial Day.
Daily cases can be changed when the county receives new information about cases, finds duplicate information or is assigned cases that are originally attributed to other counties.
The recent death involved a Tacoma woman in the 1980s with underlying health conditions.
The county’s COVID-19 tracking page estimated the number of still active confirmed cases to be 494, with 1,383 calculated as assumed recovered.
23,972 coronavirus tests have been conducted on Pierce County residents with 7.4 percent of them positive as of May 24, according to State Department of Health data. This sum does not include negative tests from long-term care facilities or tests that have not yet been assigned to a county, according to the county’s health department.
Tuesday’s total geographical case is listed below with the previous day’s total brackets:
▪ Bonney Lake: 47 (no change)
▪ Central Pierce County: 136 (no change)
▪ East Pierce County: 51 (no change)
▪ Edgewood / Fife / Milton: 87 (no change)
▪ Frederickson: 65 (64)
▪ Gig Harbor area: 52 (no change)
▪ Graham: 55 (no change)
▪ JBLM: no longer reported
▪ Key Peninsula: 7 (no change)
▪ Lake Tapps / Sumner area: 46 (no change)
▪ Lakewood: 195 (194)
▪ Parkland: 104 (no change)
▪ Puyallup: 135 (no change)
▪ South Hill: 103 (no change)
▪ South Pierce County: 38 (no change)
▪ Southwest Pierce County: 21 (no change)
▪ Spanaway: 65 (no change)
▪ Tacoma: 600 (599)
▪ University location: 62 (no change)
▪ Unknown: 8 (no change)
Companies that ignore closing orders can be cited and fined
Updated at 15:15
Washington companies that decide to open or pursue in direct violation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order can be cited and fined for unpleasant workplace conditions according to emergency rules filed today by the State Department of Labor & Industries.
The emergency rules, adopted by the governor’s leadership, take effect immediately. They give the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) the power to quote companies for being open or functioning in a way that deliberately defies the phased method and as a result puts their workers at risk.
“We are all in this together, and most companies do the right thing for our state and our communities. Unfortunately, there are some who choose not to,” says L&I Director Joel Sacks. “Coronavirus is a known workplace risk and companies must comply with the requirements to keep their workers and the public safe. “
L&I will work with the State Emergency Operations Center to address and respond to complaints about companies operating illegally. If it turns out that employers defy the governor’s order, they will be informed of and immediately close or adjust the business. If they fail to do so, they will face a workplace security quote that could result in a fine of nearly $ 10,000 or more.
Along with contacting companies by telephone and in writing, L&I will conduct personal site checks on some of the companies to ensure that they comply and comply with the Safe Start requirements. L & I’s role will complement the efforts of the Liquor and Cannabis Board and other state licensing and licensing agencies.
The USDA approves programs to feed children in Washington
Updated at 15:15
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that Washington has been approved to run Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program approved by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides support to families of children eligible for free or reduced rates meals that deal with school closures.
Washington will be able to run Pandemic EBT, an additional cost for food purchases for current SNAP participants and as a new EBT benefit for other eligible households to offset the costs of meals that would otherwise have been consumed in school.
For the academic year 2019-2020, Washington had approximately 511,000 children eligible for free and cheaper lunch, or approximately 43% of children in participating schools.
According to the JRC, states have the option of submitting a plan to the Secretary of Agriculture to provide these benefits to SNAP and non-SNAP households with children who have temporarily lost access to school meals for free or at reduced prices due to pandemic-related school closures.
State authorities can run Pandemic EBT when a school is closed for at least five consecutive days under a general health designation during which the school would otherwise be in session.
Washington colleges, universities are preparing for budget cuts
Updated at 8:30.
Washington’s public colleges and universities are preparing for major budget cuts due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Seattle Times reports that the state is expected to cut funding, as dollars for higher education are not protected by the state constitution in the same way as K-12 dollars.
With the coronavirus pandemic that expanded in the spring, universities lost hundreds of millions in renters, meal plans, parking fees and sports tickets as schools closed their campuses. Many practical vocational programs were interrupted at community colleges.
When – or if – students return to campus life is likely to be different, with many lectures being taught online and dormitories reconfigured to keep people apart.
“I’m a little worried that people don’t really understand how bad this is going to be,” said Western Washington University English Professor Bill Lyne, president of the United Faculty of Washington State, a faculty association for four public schools in Washington.
Higher education can be reduced because it is considered discretionary. While Washington’s constitution provides for education as the state’s most important duty, few believe it includes learning beyond the 12th grade.
During the current fiscal year, the state granted $ 2.2 billion for higher education, including $ 377 million in student financial aid. Colleges and universities collected $ 1.5 billion in tuition and fees.
During the recession in 2008, the colleges were among the hardest hit government agencies. State funding per student decreased by about 35 percent in Washington between 2007 and 2012. Only five other states lowered funding for higher education by a higher percentage than Washington during the recession.
Colleges and universities laid off workers, eliminated academic programs, limited admissions, increased class sizes, reduced the number of advisors, and froze faculty recruits and salaries.
Washington State reaches 20,000 falls
Updated at 20:35.
The Washington State Health Department on Monday reported 237 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths from midnight on Sunday.
Pierce County reported seven new cases and no new deaths on Monday.
In total, the sum of the disease caused by the corona virus amounts to 20,065 cases and 1,070 deaths, up from 19,828 cases and 1,061 deaths on Sunday.
The total number of people who have been hospitalized in Washington state with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is 3,290. Thirteen people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were admitted to state hospitals in Washington on May 17, the latest date with full details. On March 23, 88 took office, the highest number so far during the pandemic.
Washington State has conducted 330,588 coronavirus tests, with 6.1 percent returning positive. The test numbers reflect only PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which are given to patients while the virus is probably still active in the body.
There have been more than 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 98,034 virus deaths in the United States as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 344,000 people have died from the disease worldwide.
King County continues to have the highest number, with 7,826 cases and 550 deaths. Snohomish County has 2,904 cases and 136 deaths.
Washington’s least populated county, Garfield, remains the only one in the state without a fall. There are 62 cases that have not been assigned to a county.
A total of 21 counties have been approved for the second phase of the Jay Inslee Intergovernmental Conference: Opening Plan: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Iceland, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pend Orielle , San Juan, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, Wahkiakum and Whitman. Clallam, Kitsap and Thurston counties are eligible to apply for a variance.
Countries must “have, on average, fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period,” according to DOH.
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino opens to the public on Thursday
Updated at 20:35.
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino near Ocean Shores has announced it will reopen in phases starting Tuesday.
At noon Tuesday, the resort will only open tribal members in Quinault Nation. Since 10 o’clock on Wednesday, it will also open to Grays Harbor residents.
The public will be adopted starting at 10am Thursday.
“Quinault Indian Nation is committed to following the best available science to safely open our businesses and the local economy,” Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp said in a news release. “New and new science will be our guide to ensure that we are constantly updating best practices to protect the health of our employees and guests.”
The property opens again with limited capacity and security protocols due to the coronavirus outbreak. The casino only opens for slot play. All employees in the casino are tested for COVID-19 before opening, the news release says.
The facility will ask guests to wear masks and take temperatures at the door. No smoking will be allowed, the news release says.
Ocean Lounge and Bistro will be open for dinners and take out with limited capacity. The Ocean Lounge and Circle Bar are open for food and drinks. Emily’s restaurant and buffet will remain closed according to the news release.
Allison Needles, Debbie Cockrell, The Olympian staff and the Associated Press contributed to this report.