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Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced that people attending outdoor events with 500 or more attendees will have to wear a mask, whether vaccinated or not. The new, expanded mask mandate goes into effect on Monday.

Inslee’s order comes on the heels of similar requirements that took effect this week in King and Pierce Counties.

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Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to wildfires.

According to a press release, Inslee’s proclamation bans most outdoor and agricultural burning until the end of September.


As Washington State braces for a fourth wave of coronavirus and spread from a more infectious variant, Governor Jay Inslee is urging residents to continue to follow health rules, and take the vaccine.

Inslee noted that half of virus cases now are more infectious variants of COVID-19.

“This is bad news for us because these are more transmittable. Each person with the same disease can transmit it more easily. The science is highly suggestive that this is a significant reason the virus is now increasing in our state.”

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Monday that Whitman, Cowlitz, and Pierce counties have failed to meet the state’s re-opening metrics and will face more restrictions.

Those counties will go from Phase 3 of the governor’s re-opening plan to Phase 2, which means businesses must operate at reduced capacity and both indoor, and outdoor gatherings must be smaller.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that counties now must fail in two metrics to be moved back a phase in their reopening – and some counties may have if the guidance had stayed the same.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that counties now must fail in two metrics to be moved back a phase in their reopening. The governor says the state won't act unless counties have both a high hospitalization and case rate.

Previously, a county could be forced to regress to more restrictions if they had more than 200 cases per 100,000 people. Now they also must have more than five hospitalizations per 100,000 cases for the state to regress a county to a more restrictive phase.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is urging schools to return to in-person instruction as soon as it is safe for them to do so. Inslee made the point during a visit to a Spokane school on Tuesday.

Inslee met with students and teachers at Stevens Elementary, and participated in a roundtable with Spokane Public School District staff and city officials.

He said other schools across the state should be looking at Spokane as an example.

Eastern Washington to move to Phase 2 of re-opening

Feb 11, 2021

The door has opened a little wider for Spokane and eastern Washington counties as they emerge from the pandemic. 

Governor Jay Inslee announced during a press conference Thursday that the East region of the state, which includes Spokane and eight other counties have met the metrics to move to Phase 2. The criteria the region had to meet included a flat or declining hospitalization, positivity and new cases rate. 

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster relief requests for nine eastern Washington counties and two Native tribes impacted by summer wildfires.

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Washington state officials say they’re updating the guidance they offer school districts looking to reopen classrooms. Spokane school administrators say they're ready to consider it.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Trudi Inslee are scheduled to address Washingtonians with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Watch the Live video via TVW here.

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Several eastern Washington mayors met virtually today [Tuesday] with Governor Jay Inslee. It’s part of their quest to convince him to allow their counties to move more quickly in reopening their local businesses and economies.

Spokane COVID Response

Idaho and Washington are each moving into new phases in their quests to recover from the coronavirus.

Idaho entered its first phase yesterday [Monday] and Washington enters its first phase today.

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Spokane County has sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee asking him to allow certain businesses to immediately reopen.

The letter from the Spokane County commissioners cites the progress Spokane has made in reducing the rate of increase of confirmed Covid cases.

Spokane Leaders Look For More Clarity From Governor

Apr 22, 2020
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Spokane elected leaders say they’re looking for more clarity from Governor Jay Inslee as they move forward with plans to rebuild the county’s economy.

The governor on Tuesday night announced the state is slowly working its way toward loosening restrictions.

Spokane COVID Response

Spokane elected officials say they support Governor Jay Inslee's decision to require Washington residents to stay at home as much as possible.

Inslee issued a stay-at-home order Monday evening, requiring people to hunker down at home for at least the next two weeks.

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Spokane activists joined their peers around the world today [Friday] in conducting a climate strike. Several hundred people began with a brief rally at the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park, snaked their way through downtown and convened again at City Hall.

Inslee, WSU Celebrate Expansion Of Medical School

Jun 7, 2019
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee today [Friday] celebrated an expansion of WSU’s medical school during a ceremony on the university’s downtown Spokane campus.

The legislature this year approved funding to allow the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to increase its annual class from 60 to 80.

Washington Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Bill

Jul 5, 2017

Washington Governor Jay Inslee today signed into law a bill that creates a state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program.

The family leave program will allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave during a 12-month period to take care of a newborn or a newly-adopted child. They can be granted leave to care for a sick child or parent or take care of their own health.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a new two-year state budget that promises significantly more money for public schools. The governor’s action capped a remarkable final day of the 2015-17 biennium.

Legislative budget writers announced mid-week that they’d come to agreement on a state operating budget and an education budget. It didn’t leave them much time to move the budget through the required process before the end of the fiscal year at midnight Saturday.

And so Friday was a busy day.

Inland Journal, April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

This week on the Inland Journal, thousands of boat owners in Washington and Idaho will have to take an extra step this year as they relicense their watercraft. For some it won’t be easy. Washington’s governor is in bill signing mode. We’ll tell you about a few of the state’s new laws. The head of the Public Broadcasting System stops in Spokane to talk about preserving federal funding for public broadcasting. And we’ll learn more about how so-called ‘adventure travel’ is changing to become more accessible to older travelers.

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Spokane River advocates are asking Governor Inslee to weigh in on establishing new minimum flow for the waterway.

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Opponents to a proposed expansion of the Mt. Spokane ski area are appealing to Governor Inslee for help in stopping the project.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited Spokane on Tuesday to meet with local officials dealing with the aftermath of a major windstorm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of area residents.

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The Spokane Tribe has decided on a brand name for their casino project on Spokane’s west plains. The name is likely to help the project, if the casino gets approval form the Washington governor's office.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will sign a new two-year budget into law Tuesday, just in time to avert a partial government shutdown.

If you have plans to visit a Washington State Park over the Fourth of July, Washington Gov. Inslee has a message for you.

“You’ll be able to go that park next weekend,” Inslee said. “I wouldn’t tell you that if I didn’t believe it was going to happen.”

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

A wide majority of the Washington Legislature voted to raise the maximum speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn’t approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over pay raises and class size.