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WASHINGTON-KING COUNTY VIRUS OUTBREAK
King County: COVID mask term ends June 29
SEATTLE (AP) – Health officials say 70% of eligible people in Washington state’s most populous county received either the single-dose Johnson and Johnson COIVD vaccine, or both doses of Pfizer vaccines or Moderna. That means 70% of people 16 and over in the county will be fully vaccinated on June 29, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the county’s mask tenure will end on that day. The total population of King County, which includes Seattle, is approximately 2.2 million. Gov. Jay Inslee has said Washington state will reopen fully, with no restrictions, at the end of June or when 70% of state residents 16 and older have a dose of the vaccine, whichever comes first. .
OREGON VIRUS OUTBREAK
Oregon moves closer to lifting COVID restrictions
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – As Oregon moves closer to the statewide vaccination target, at least 22 of the state’s 36 counties have moved to “low risk” levels. Counties in the “low risk” category can increase the capacity of restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums and other indoor entertainment spaces to 50%. The risk level also makes it possible to expand indoor gatherings to 10 people and increase the capacity of retail stores to 75%. As more counties are approved to ease restrictions, many continue to aim for the statewide goal – of 70% of adults in the state having received at least their first dose – which would lift many COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, 68% of people aged 18 or older in the state have been vaccinated.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE SHOOTING VICTIM
Police release name of man killed near recreational trail
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Police have released the name of a man who was shot on June 5 near the entrance to a bike and pedestrian path called the Springwater Corridor in Sellwood. The Oregonian / OregonLive reports that police said Gary O’Connor, 45, died at the scene. Police have not publicly identified any suspects in the shooting, have not disclosed any information about the circumstances, or announced any arrests. O’Connor’s death marked the 38th homicide in Portland this year. Since then, six more homicides have been recorded, bringing the city’s total this year to 44. There were 55 homicides in Portland in 2020, the most murders in the city in 26 years.
HIT AND RUN DEATH
Police: woman killed in hit and run accident in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a woman was killed in a hit and run crash in northeast Portland. The Oregonian / OregonLive reports that police said officers on patrol came across the victim, who has not been publicly identified, lying in the street at around 11:40 p.m. Investigators believe she was struck by a vehicle. Police said his death marks the 28th road fatality in Portland this year.
STATE-DOMAIN EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
Ministry of Employment domain registration expires
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Employment’s website for publishing economic data went down over the weekend, apparently because the state failed to renew the registration of his domain name. The Oregonian / OregonLive reports that the loss of Oregon’s qualityinfo.org page did not affect unemployment claims, which are managed on a separate website. After an investigation by the newspaper, the department said it had renewed the domain name and indicated that the site would return on Monday evening. But the blackout is another embarrassing tech flaw for the department, which has repeatedly stumbled over the past year amid a flood of jobless claims triggered by the pandemic.
TEACHER SEXUAL ABUSE
Teacher accused of sexually abusing another teacher
DALLAS, Ore. (AP) – A Dallas high school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting another teacher at the school and has been placed on administrative leave. The Statesman Journal reports that Polk County Court records show Matthew Lenoue of Dallas facing charges for inappropriately touching another teacher at the school on Friday. Dallas Police said officers were called to Dallas High School and questioned Lenoue before arresting him. Lenoue was a high school special education teacher, according to the Dallas School District website. Superintendent Andy Bellando says Lenoue was put on leave after the district learned of the allegation. It was not immediately clear whether Lenoue had a lawyer to comment.
Winfrey’s new book pick is the novel “The Sweetness of the Water”
NEW YORK (AP) – Oprah Winfrey’s Next Book Club Pick is a first novel set in Georgia at the end of the Civil War. Nathan Harris’ “The Softness of the Water” comes out Tuesday. Harris said he wanted to show what it was for newly emancipated slaves. “The Softness of the Water” takes place in the imaginary town of Old Ox, Georgia. It tells the story of two recently released brothers who find work on a nearby farm run by a man who believes his son was killed in the war. A Chat Between Winfrey and Harris airs July 23 on Apple TV +.
FOUR IDENTITY SHOTS KILLED
4 dead in Portland, Oregon last week identified
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) – The names of the four people killed last week in a shooting in Portland, Ore. Have been released. Portland Police said Monday that Mitchell Nacoste, 31, Kendall Gragg, 27, Donovan Lenford, 24, and Eyion Willis, 23, were found dead in a house on June 6. four died of gunshot wounds. The investigation into their deaths continues. Information on the men’s relationship and what led to the shooting was not disclosed. Police spokesman Lt. Greg Pashley said investigators did not believe the shootings were murders and suicide. He said last week that no one was in custody, but police did not believe there was a risk to the public.