NCWLIFE Evening News October 21st, 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, We will have highlights from Governor Jay Inslee’s press conference yesterday regarding COVID-19. The Grant County Health District says its tracking of COVID-19 cases shows most of the county’s new positive tests are coming from people who got it from someone in the same household, and, Residents of the Wenatchee Valley can now receive COVID-19 news straight to their inbox.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee woman was bitten by a dog Monday while hiking the Dry Gulch Trail in Wenatchee.

Wenatchee Animal Care and Control says the attack happened around 9:30 a.m. when the woman says a large, black and silver long, wire-haired dog approached her, then proceeded to bite her on the back of the arm. The woman reported that after the incident, the dog returned to a medium build Caucasian male in his 50s or 60s, with grey hair, who then leashed the dog, got into an older royal blue Chevy Suburban, and left the trailhead. If you have any possible information to help identify the dog, or its owner, please contact Animal Care & Control at 509-662-9577.

With COVID-19 hotspots breaking out at the University of Washington and other state college campuses, Governor Jay Inslee took steps yesterday to increase social distancing in dormitories and off-campus housing. In a press conference Tuesday, Inslee said he’ll limit the number of residents in sleeping areas and common areas. . .

The Grant County Health District says its tracking of COVID-19 cases shows most of the county’s new positive tests are coming from people who got it from someone in the same household.

But the second-most new cases are showing up in people with no links to confirmed cases. The district’s data is from September 15th to October 16th, when the county was in the midst of a significant outbreak. During that 32-day period the county reported 614 new cases, or just over 19 new positive tests per day.

The district said most of the people who have tested positive have shown symptoms, with only 17 percent asymptomatic.

Grant County is currently at 277 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days, by far the highest rate of new cases in North Central Washington and one of the highest in the state.

Residents of the Wenatchee Valley can now receive COVID-19 news straight to their inbox. The Chelan-Douglas Health District has launched a weekly community newsletter, aimed at keeping people up to date and prepared during the pandemic.

The second edition of the email newsletter went out yesterday. It features links, tips, and the latest informational video from Dr. Malcolm Butler, the district’s chief health officer. The newsletter goes out in both English and Spanish. You can subscribe through the district’s website, cdhd.wa.gov.

Coming up next, Confluence Health is opening a new emergency department at its Mares Campus on Chelan Avenue in Wenatchee. Apple Blossom Festival organizers are already kicking off the 2021 version of the community celebration with a call for girls interested in running for royalty, and, One thing the COVID-19 pandemic can’t stop is the Wenatchee Valley’s annual day of good deeds. . .more on that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Confluence Health is opening a new emergency department at its Mares Campus on Chelan Avenue in Wenatchee.

The new 9,500-square-foot emergency facility will be in the space currently occupied by Confluence’s walk-in clinic. The clinic will remain in the same building but be moved to the east end.

Confluence says the new emergency department will have an on-site CT scanner, ultrasound, X-ray and laboratory services. The new emergency department is expected to serve up to 50 patients per day. The opening of the facility is planned for November 2nd.

Apple Blossom Festival organizers are already kicking off the 2021 version of the community celebration with a call for girls interested in running for royalty.

There will be a mandatory meeting November 10th of candidates with participants required to go to apple-blossom-dot-org to sign up. Parents and senior girls can call for more information at 662-3616.

One thing the COVID-19 pandemic can’t stop is the Wenatchee Valley’s annual day of good deeds. The 30th edition of Make a Difference Day is Saturday with worthwhile projects planned throughout the region.

Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz has been interviewing organizers and participants all week, including Lynda Schlosser adviser of the Rainbow Assembly for Girls, which is leading an effort to help the children of fire victims. . .

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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In tonight’s feature story, after its major remodel, the Wenatchee Public Library at 310 Douglas Street is now reopened, at least symbolically. Local officials cut the ribbon on the new building, and hosted a virtual tour of the interior yesterday. Only limited occupancy is allowed right now due to the COVID-19 crisis. The facelift was largely funded by $1.5 million in donations raised by the Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library.

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 Dodgers are up 1-nothing in the World Series after handling Tampa Bay last night 8-to-3 in Game 1 in Arlington, Texas…

Cody Bellinger gave Los Angeles the early lead with a 2-run home run in the 4th.  The Dodgers added 4-more in the 5th, bringing 9-men to the plate and chasing Ray’s starter Tyler Glasnow from the game.

Mookie Betts finished the game 2-for-4 with at home run, 2-runs and an RBI.  Betts also stole 2-bases in the 4-run 5th for L-A and says he does what he can to help his team win…

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Betts was the sparkplug that fired up the offense…

Max Muncy was also 2-for-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s.  Former Mariner Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with an RBI as well for Los Angeles.

Clayton Kershaw was dominant on the mound to earn the victory, going 6-innings and allowing just 1-run on 2-hits with 8-strikeouts and a walk.  He says he was happy to get over his first-inning struggles…

Game 2 is today at 5:08 on FOX as Los Angeles will start Tony Gonsolin while Tampa Bay throws Blake Snell.

The Seahawks have made some moves on its roster and practice squad as it prepares for the Arizona Cardinals this weekend…

Damarious Randall has officially been moved to the 53-man roster from the practice squad after Lano Hill was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. 

In addition, Seattle also added a pair of veteran linebackers to the practice squad, signing Mychal Kendricks (a 14-game starter from a year ago) and Ray-Ray Armstrong, a former Cowboy, 49er, Giant, Raider, Ram and Brown.

You can always find some fun stuff on the Seahawk’s website.  Besides player and coach interviews from the current team as well as highlights from games, fans can find videos like this one, highlighting a former player who became a Hall of Famer…

We’ll have more from Coach Carroll and players tomorrow as practice continues at the V-Mac in Renton as Seattle prepares to travel to Arizona for a 1:05 game Sunday.

The Wenatchee Wild still don’t know if they’ll be able to drop the puck in the British Columbia Hockey League this year.  In fact, they’ll be heading out-of-state this week just to scrimmage…

After two weeks of practice here in Wenatchee, the Wild will head for Coeur d’Alene, Idaho tomorrow and Friday in order to scrimmage.  The Wild-vs.-Wild games will be played at the Frontier Ice Arena Thursday at 12:15 and Friday at 7:15.

Even though the Safe Start plan has allowed Chelan County to enter into Phase 2, restrictions will not allow for actual hockey to be played at the Town Toyota Center.  Phase 3 is necessary to face-off and fans won’t be allowed until Phase 4.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson and Officer Miguel Valdez stopped by Eastmont High School on Tuesday to show off the police department’s newest vehicle.

The cruiser is a 2020 Ford Utility Hybrid and features a large scenic photo of East Wenatchee, as well as the Eastmont Wildcat logo.

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.