This is a COVID-19 news digest report from today:

  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today it will reopen some recreational fishing and hunting in a phased approach. The department wants hunters and anglers to enjoy their respective sports only if they can do so locally, while also practicing physical distancing. Effective May 5.
  • Golfing and public access to state parks will also open up May 5.
  • Lauren Jenks from the Washington Department of Health: “Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. None of us are as healthy as we could be unless all of us have the opportunity to be healthy.”
  • The Port of Camas-Washougal announced today the cancellation of all spring and summer community events hosted by the Port. “We did not come to this decision lightly, as these events represent some of our favorite days each year at the Port.”
  • The canceled events include: 1) National Trails Day and Eegah’s Birthday event on June 5th; 2) 4th of July Concert & Fireworks event at Washougal Waterfront Park; and 3) Wheels & Wings Community Appreciation event at Grove Field on August 29.
  • This fits a growing trend that governments and municipalities are essentially cancelling large summer events.
  • The state of Washington received $2.1 billion in federal COVID-19 stimulus money, which is being distributed to counties and cities over the next 10 days. Today, Governor Inslee announced that of the state’s $2.1 B, he would be sending $297 million to local governments that did not receive any direct allocations. The appropriations reflect a $55 per capita allocation for county governments and $30 for city governments, with each county guaranteed at least $250,000 and each city at least $25,000.
  • COVID-19 positive tests statewide: 13,686 (+1,401 over 5 days).
  • COVID-19 negative tests statewide: 175,477 (+42,477 over 5 days).
  • COVID-19 deaths statewide: 765 (+83 over 5 days).
  • Clark County COVID-19 deaths: 21 (+5 over 5 days).
  • Clark County positive COVID-19 tests: 339 (+26 over 5 days).
  • Clark County COVID-19 cases hospitalized (ICU): 4 (unchanged over 5 days).
  • Clark County COVID-19 cases hospitalized, total: 16 (-3 over 5 days).

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