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Thurston County Public Health and Social Services on Monday reported 21 new diagnoses of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by novel coronavirus. The number of confirmed cases made since the … more
Rebecca Walcker felt nothing. And everything. It was about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, a day the 28-year-old receptionist at Yelm Family Medicine may never forget. Walcker had just … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services on Thursday announced 64 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths in the county. The most current deaths were a woman in her 90s and a man in his 80s, … more
Thurston County’s unemployment rate rose in November to 6.3 percent, up 0.8 percent from October’s rate of 5.5 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department. A total of … more
The Rainier School District will be participating in a state-funded pilot program on COVID-19 testing and screening that is expected to expand testing capacities locally while also helping the state … more
The new COVID-19 stimulus package passed by Congress this week includes a provision authored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, addressing the fact that the original CARES Act’s Paycheck … more
The Yelm ZIP code added 44 new cases of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the novel coronavirus, during the week of Dec. 14-20, according to new numbers available Tuesday by Thurston … more
A variety of Thurston County organizations that provide emergency food and shelter could receive funding from grants to help supplement and expand their available resources. The United Way of … more
Yelm and Rainier school districts for months have seemed to be at the starting line of the metaphorical race to reopen schools, ready at moment’s notice to take off.  With news last week that … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported a total of 330 new cases of COVID-19 the week of Dec. 14 through Dec. 20. This comes just days before people are expected to gather for the … more
The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department (PHSS) launched a face covering campaign over the last two months by making posters, window clings and stickers available to … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services on Monday reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 as well as the first new death from the virus in more than two weeks. The 50th person to die from … more
Washington residents coming back from countries including the United Kingdom and South Africa are required to self-quarantine for two weeks following arrival back in the state, Gov. Jay Inslee … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services on Friday reported a single-day record 120 new cases of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services on Thursday reported 37 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of virus diagnoses made since the start of the pandemic up to 4,104. So … more
New guidance on reopening in-person instruction in K-12 schools in Washington intends to implement recent data that shows transmission of COVID-19 in school buildings is limited as long as health and … more
After informal talks in recent weeks, on Tuesday night the Yelm City Council passed a resolution asking Gov. Jay Inslee to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on local businesses. The resolution … more
It’s December, but it might as well be a toasty August day for some Yelm restaurateurs.  New coronavirus-related mandates ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee in mid-November have forced bars and … more
Initial claims for unemployment rose the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5 by about 10 percent in both Thurston County and around the state, according to new numbers published Thursday by the state Employment … more
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services on Sunday capped a record-breaking week of new COVID-19 diagnoses, with the county department having reported a total 435 cases between Dec. 7 and … more
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