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Morning Press: Inslee’s new restrictions; high school football moves to spring; Clark County’s COVID-19 response

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

Inslee shuts indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining

SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he is tightening restrictions throughout the state in restaurants and bars, for weddings and funerals, and at gyms in a further effort to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“I care about businesses opening and people getting back to work, but public health and economic activity go hand in hand,” Inslee said. “Our suppression of this virus is not at the level it needs to be to continue allowing for more activity. If we let this virus get even more out of control, it will have devastating effects on our health and on our economy.”

WIAA moves high school football, volleyball and girls soccer to the spring of 2021

High school football in Washington will have to wait until spring.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced radical changes to its 2020-21 sports calendar on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CytoDyn touts ‘impressive’ early results for virus drug

Vancouver-based biotechnology company CytoDyn Inc. on Tuesday detailed what it characterized as an “impressive” set of initial results from a recent clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the company’s signature drug as a treatment for COVID-19 symptoms.

CytoDyn began developing the drug, Leronlimab, as an HIV treatment, but the company has also been testing it for several other potential applications, most recently as an anti-inflammatory agent to prevent some of the more life-threatening symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

Pressure builds as Clark County school districts consider safety, needs of students

As coronavirus cases in Clark County and across the state rise, pressure is mounting for school districts to issue a decision about how — and if — students can safely return to the classroom in the fall.

A growing number of districts across the state announced this week that they’d continue online education at the start of the school year. Clark County’s chief health officer, Dr. Alan Melnick, warns that the same could happen here unless cases start to drop.

Clark County’s COVID-19 response hits snags

This month’s resurgence in COVID-19 cases is beginning to scramble Clark County’s outbreak response.

At Wednesday’s Clark County Board of Health meeting, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick outlined problem areas that have manifested with contact notification and testing.


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