NCWLIFE Evening News March 23rd, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Washington state has had just under 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 95 deaths from the virus including the first positive case in Douglas County. Dr. Jason Lake will take on his new job as Confluence Health’s chief medical officer at the most challenging possible time. With coronavirus infections rising now to 23 in Grant County, its health district is asking vulnerable residents to shelter in place, and, Coronavirus spreads by in-person contact, that’s why Confluence Health has now started virtual visits with its practitioners.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One man is dead and another has been arrested for first-degree murder after an altercation at a Tonasket residence Saturday night.

Okanogan County deputies responded about 5:39 p.m. to 319 South Whitcomb Avenue on a call of a man who had been assaulted and was covered with blood. The man was dead when they arrived. Just before 10:00 Saturday night they arrested Anthony Mateo, 34, of Tonasket in the Loomis area. The 57-year-old man who was killed has not yet been identified.

Washington state has had just under 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 95 deaths from the virus, according to figures released by the state Department of Health late Sunday afternoon.

The vast majority of both positive tests and deaths remain in King County, though the virus has reached almost every corner of the state. Hardest hit in North Central Washington has been Grant County with 23 positive tests and one death. 14 of those cases have been in Quincy and another 6 in Mattawa. Chelan has had three confirmed cases. Statewide, nobody under age 40 has yet been killed by the coronavirus and half the total deaths have been people 80 or older.

Dr. Jason Lake will take on his new job as Confluence Health’s chief medical officer at the most challenging possible time. Lake is transitioning into that role as Dr. Stu Freed prepares to retire later this year. He talked with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins about the resources Confluence Health can bring to bear on the coronavirus pandemic. . .

With coronavirus infections rising now to 23 in Grant County, its health district is asking vulnerable residents to shelter in place. That means people 60 or older, people with compromised immune systems, and people with underlying like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. They’re asked to stay home, limit their visitors, use mouth and nose protection if they must go out, and closely monitor their own health.

Grant County has the most COVID-19 cases of any county in central Washington, including two Catholic priests in the Mattawa parish. The second of those two infections were reported on Sunday.

Coronavirus spreads by in-person contact, and your doctors doesn’t want to spread it. That’s why Confluence Health has now started virtual visits with its practitioners.

Patients can phone in or video-conference with their primary or specialty care providers. The video conference option requires a mobile device or computer with a camera and microphone. Get information about the service at confluencehealth.org/virtualvisits.

Coming up next, After two debris piles in Okanogan County burned out of control in the past week, fire officials have issued a warning to landowners about using more care with controlled burns. A Friday morning rollover accident spared a semi driver, but spilled its load of furniture along McNeil Canyon Road in Douglas County. A Wenatchee felon allegedly forged $5,900 worth of checks on a Cashmere man’s bank account, and, Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee closed its main concourse to the public Sunday until at least April 1st in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

After two debris piles in Okanogan County burned out of control in the past week, fire officials have issued a warning to landowners about using more care with controlled burns. Saturday, Twisp, Carlton and Winthrop fire units had to dig a line around a field fire south of Twisp.

Last Thursday, Winthrop and Twisp firefighters were able to hold a wildfire near Winthrop to less than an acre after winds spread a small debris fire into dry grass.

Okanogan County Fire District 6 advised anyone planning to burn to be prepared for spring winds, clear around a pile before you burn and have a shovel and water handy.

A Friday morning rollover accident spared a semi driver, but spilled its load of furniture along McNeil Canyon Road in Douglas County.

Orondo Fire Chief Jim Oatey says the semi cab was crushed in the 11:30 a.m. accident, but the driver was able to exit and was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The truck was traveling down the canyon road when the driver lost control on one of the final S-curves. Oatey says the brakes were smoking when firefighters arrived.

A Wenatchee felon allegedly forged $5,900 worth of checks on a Cashmere man’s bank account. Michael D. McGuire, who’s 29, faces possible charges of forgery, theft and identity theft.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say he wrote the six fraudulent checks in November, and deposited them to his own accounts. McGuire has past convictions for theft, forgery, assault and burglary in Pierce County. He’s been jailed in Wenatchee since March 12th.

Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee closed its main concourse to the public Sunday until at least April 1st in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But Executive Director Leslie Freytag said food-related businesses will remain open and serve customers through their exterior doors.

Freytag said because Pybus is such a popular gathering place it was time to take the next step to best protect employees and customers at the market.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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A new group called Together Wenatchee is taking proactive steps to help businesses and nonprofits being hit by the fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak. In tonight’s feature story, two of the people behind the effort, Beth Stipe, executive director of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and Peter Spadoni, a lawyer with JDSA Law in Wenatchee, talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about what they’re trying to accomplish. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

It’s official, the summer Olympics will be postponed.  USA Today is reporting in an unprecedented move, the 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed, according to Dick Pound, a veteran member of the International Olympic Committee.

This news comes after several prominent organizations spoke out against a plan to hold the games in Tokyo as scheduled July 24th through August 9th.  USA Swimming and USA Track and Field have sent formal letters to the US Olympic Committee to delay the games.  Canada also said it would not send its athletes unless the Summer games are delayed a year, according to ESPN.

Pound, a Canadian who has been one of the most influential members of the IOC for decades, said the Games will likely be moved to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks. He said he expects the IOC to announce its next steps soon.

With a global health crisis taking its toll on the Puget Sound Region, Vulcan Incorporated, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Seattle Seahawks are doing their part to make a difference in the community.

The support efforts include monetary donations to a number of local causes, a commitment to pay part-time employees affected by event cancellations at CenturyLink Field, food donations, and support of local blood drives with Bloodworks Northwest. The Seahawks and CenturyLink Field have committed more than $700,000 to pay part-time employees affected by canceled events.

The Seahawks continued adding depth on the offensive line during free agency…

According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, offensive lineman Chance Warmack becomes the 4th free agent oh-lineman to sign with the Hawks.  Warmack last played for the Eagles in 2018 and took 2019 off to reportedly, “get healthy.”

The No. 10 overall pick in 2013, Warmack didn’t miss a game through his first two seasons with Tennessee.  Over the next four years, he missed a combined 28-games.

Seattle is trying to bolster and offensive line that ranked 24th in the NFL in sacks allowed last season.

Coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule this week…

Tune in tomorrow night at 7 for a Big-9 baseball game from last April between the Eastmont Wildcats and Eisenhower Cadets.  Joel Norman has the play-by-play.

Thursday night features boys soccer as Eastmont hosts Moses Lake from a game last April.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the play-by-play.

Then Friday begins a Wild weekend of hockey with the Wenatchee Wild.  We’ll broadcast five games from the Wild’s just-completed BCHL season, starting with Merritt and Wenatchee Friday night at 7. 

Saturday features both games of a back-to-back series against the Penticton Vees at 2 o’clock and 7pm.  Then on Sunday, it’s Prince George at Wenatchee at 2pm followed by Nanaimo and the Wild at 7pm.

Finally, I thought we’d take a look at others in the sports broadcast business who have nothing to do right now.  Nick Heath is a freelance rugby commentator has gone to his Twitter page to cover everyday life events in London…

Thanks Eric.

Before we leave you tonight, there is one more victim of the Coronavirus as the state announced Sunday it is closing all state campgrounds through April 30th to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The closure also includes roofed accommodations like cabins and yurts.

No new campers will be allowed into campgrounds operated by Washington State Parks, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. Day use areas and trails remain open, though the state urged people to practice social distancing. Anyone who has a reservation through April 30th will be contacted and offered a refund.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.