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Morning Press: Inslee issues stay-at-home order; Clark County cases at 76; Jail releases inmates

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Inslee issues two-week stay-at-home order

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The stay-at-home order will remain in place through April 6. It expands previous actions taken by Inslee last week that ordered the statewide closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment and recreation facilities and banned large gatherings. Several other states had already issued similar orders, including California and New York.

Clark County coronavirus cases jump to 76, with one new death reported

Clark County Public Health reported 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 76 cases in the county. The total number of deaths increased to six.

Clark County also received 219 more negative tests, for a total of 653.

Clark County Jail releases nearly 200 inmates due to COVID-19

Criminal justice officials met last week to discuss ways to reduce the Clark County Jail population in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Friday, there were nearly 200 fewer inmates in the facility.

The jail population went from 601 on March 17 to 417 three days later, according to numbers provided by Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop.

Vancouver Kaiser clinic to allow protective equipment from home after assistants raise alarm

As personal protective equipment shortages surface across the country, three medical assistants with Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek in Vancouver expressed frustration with what they considered to be a lack of protective measures at the clinic Tuesday morning.

By Tuesday afternoon, Kaiser changed its policy to attempt to address the medical assistants’ concerns, but worries still linger.

Clark County law enforcement: Rumors of strict stay-home policing false

Local officials are speaking out to combat rumors of strict policing in enforcing Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order to combat COVID-19 that have been circulating widely on social media.

“It has come to our attention that rumors are circulating stating that law enforcement is pulling drivers over and requiring them to provide ‘permission slips’ or letters authorizing them to be out on the road or in public. THIS IS NOT TRUE,” Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle wrote on Facebook. “Some employers are even issuing these letters to their employees, which is feeding the unnecessary panic.”


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