NCWLIFE Evening News November 19th, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away tonight, I’m Jefferson Robbins. 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: Eastmont School District puts the brakes on a return to classes for its middle grade levels. The mayor of Moses Lake pleads for pandemic safety during the upcoming holiday. And Eastern Washington legislators return to key leadership spots among Republicans in the State House.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported a single-day record for new COVID-19 cases Thursday, with 105 people testing positive in the two counties. It’s the first triple-digit day since the pandemic began. That comes on the heels of 92 new positive tests reported Wednesday.

In response to the surge in cases, the health district has expanded its drive-through testing to ease the burden on Confluence Health and Cascade Medical Center, who have seen the demand for testing soar. In addition to free drive-through testing already scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at Wenatchee High School, there will be testing offered November 25th and November 27th through 30th, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, testing is going on today and Friday in Cashmere, and additional days may be added.

The weekly thermographic chart put out by the Chelan-Douglas Health District, showing the status of COVID-19 transmission in our valley, took another disturbing jump yesterday.

The district says the two counties now show a rate of 632 new cases for every 100,000 members of the population. That’s a measure to express how fast and wide the virus is spreading. Facial masking, socially distancing, and avoiding large gatherings are considered key to stopping the spread until a vaccine is obtained.

Eastmont has joined the Wenatchee School District in putting a hold on students returning to classrooms as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the community. Superintendent Garn Christensen said Wednesday a hybrid model of half classroom instruction and half online will continue for grades preschool through 4th but plans for a similar return for grades 5th through 7th have been paused. Christensen said no dates have been set for bringing those students back to school.

The mayor of Moses Lake is among those calling for Thanksgiving celebrations without large gatherings. Health experts say COVID-19 is spreading easily in social gatherings, and group events like Thanksgiving could be a prime vector for transmission.

In a letter to his city Wednesday, Mayor David Curnel said QUOTE, On Thanksgiving, please keep your holiday gathering to a minimum by gathering only with people who live with you. I know this is a hard request because Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with extended family and friends. … Making difficult choices now will help save lives. Thank you for making this sacrifice. Curnel has been mayor since January and a city council member since 2010. He also happens to be a physician with Confluence Health.

Coming up next, one inmate pleads guilty to a jailhouse assault while his alleged accomplice faces a federal trial; and a local charity steps up to coordinate food relief for coronavirus patients in Douglas County. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

One of two men charged with beating a fellow inmate in the Chelan County Jail has now pleaded guilty. 34-year-old Joshua James Cornwell was jailed on drug charges last May when he attacked the inmate, leaving him with a fractured orbital bone around his right eye. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and possession of meth, and received a one-year sentence.

The second suspect in the assault, 40-year-old Rafael Lima of Wenatchee, was indicted last month on a federal charge of possessing a firearm despite a felony conviction. He faces trial in Spokane federal court in December. 

Serve Wenatchee Valley is managing food distribution for Douglas County residents who must isolate due to coronavirus. The aid group has been contracted by the county to bring food to residents who do not have secure access to food during quarantine. Qualifying coronavirus patients will be referred to the program by their medical provider. Under the program, Douglas County has funding to provide food for 400 families of four per month.

Eastern Washington legislators have earned leadership spots among Republicans in the State House.

When the House reconvenes in January, Wauconda representative Joel Kretz will return as deputy party leader, a position he’s held for the last 14 years. Kretz, a rancher, has been known as an opponent of policies preserving Washington’s gray wolves. His fellow representative, Jacquelin Maycumber of Republic, was named floor leader for the second time.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, meet a very special girl who experienced a very special day, courtesy of local volunteers. Dan Kuntz will be along with the weather and sports. That and more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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Wenatchee police, sheriff’s deputies and Chelan County firefighters showed up in force Sunday to participate in a special day for a girl who has been battling cancer most of her young life. 4-year-old Danica, known as Danica the Brave, has had numerous surgeries and extended hospital stays during her cancer fight. Wellness Place produced this video to capture the special day.

Now with this evening’s weather outlook we turn to Dan Kuntz. Dan?

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.

The NFL has somehow been able to play over half its season under the cloud of COVID-19.  The Seahawks have taken pride in the team’s diligence and to this point haven’t had a single positive test.  Yesterday, the NFL came out with a ramped-up approach for teams next week with what they call an “intensive COVID protocol.”  Pete Carroll says that means a minor shift in Seattle’s preparations…

Seattle has had just four days to turn around from Sunday’s loss in Los Angeles to face another NFC West opponent in the Arizona Cardinals tonight.  Carroll says they present challenges in all phases of the game…

Some good news out of camp is the potential return of running back Carlos Hyde for tonight’s game as well as Chris Carson.  Seattle’s lack of a running game without the duo has put more pressure on the Seahawk’s passing attack.  Carroll says they hope to keep Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf involved…

You have to go back to Carroll’s first two seasons in Seattle to find a stretch of three consecutive losses.  The Seahawks have never lost three straight games with Russell Wilson at quarterback.  Seattle will try to avoid such a stretch tonight against Arizona at CenturyLink Field on Thursday Night Football at 5:20 on FOX and the NFL Network.

In Washington’s opener against Oregon State, Beaver running back Jermar Jefferson carried 23-times for 133-yards and a touchdown.  Husky coach Jimmy Lake says they have another running back to deal with in Arizona this week out of a totally different looking offense…

Washington and Arizona kick off Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX.

Washington State is traveling to California to take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday night at 8 o’clock.  You can watch that game on FS1 as the Cougars try to bounce back from a loss to Oregon a week ago.

It’s Thursday so that means its Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Following the COVID press conference tonight at 6, the Wenatchee Wild take on the Powell River Kings at 7.  And for those who miss hockey and want a reminder of what Thanksgiving is really like with family…

Watch the entire game tonight at 7 with Arch Ecker on the play-by-play. 

Tomorrow is about broadening your cultural pallet with Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra’s second concert of the season at 7.

Then we’re back to sports on Saturday with wrestling at 2 o’clock followed by racing at the Super Oval at 7.

With westbound I-90 closed near Ritzville Wednesday afternoon as crews did repairs on an overpass, one semi driver went a little too fast on the detour. The Washington State Department of Transportation says the semi flipped over the ramp on the Schoessler Road exit, landing on its side. Neither the driver nor the WASH-DOT crews in the work zone were injured.*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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great night.