It was a tearful farewell as WSP sergeant was called up to help with coronavirus fight

Photo provided by the Washington State Patrol.

Here’s some leftover COVID-19-related news from this week.

WSP sergeant deployed with Army Reserves

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Kristopher Orlowski, based in Bremerton, was given less than 24-hours-notice before being activated in the U.S Army Reserves and sent to Wisconsin to help with national COVID-19 efforts.

From there, he will be assigned elsewhere in the country.

He walked hand-in-hand through Sea-Tac Airport with his 4-year-old daughter Friday.

“She was crying and begged me not to leave her,” Orlowski said. “Talk about ripping your heart out.”

He is a medic with the Army Reserves and returned last June after an eight-month deployment to the Middle East.

More closures extended to May 4

When Gov. Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order until May 4, others quickly followed suit and even more closures are likely to follow.

Wenatchee Valley College extended the closure of its campuses to students and the public until May 4.

The Department of Natural Resources extended its closure of state lands and parks until May 4.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, however, is holding off until Monday to make announcements about fishing and hunting seasons.

Grant money awarded for law enforcement

Washington state, counties and communities will receive $16.6 million in law enforcement grants from the COVID-19 bill passed by Congress last week.

The state will get about $10.89 million.

Sen. Maria Cantwell sent a list of cities and counties that will receive money.

Grant County will receive $58,008 and Moses Lake $36,908. Why their grants ended with $8 is not explained.

Chelan and Okanogan counties and none of their cities were on the list.

Here come the facts

Washington state is launching a “Spread the Facts” public awareness campaign about coronavirus.

Ads will soon start appearing on websites, streaming services, broadcast and print media and elsewhere.

The ads encourage people to follow the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order while also suggesting resources for staying connected with loved ones and managing stress and anxiety.