Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Thursday news conference here

He is expected to discuss the state’s ongoing response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Jay Inslee is to hold a news conference Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to give an update on the state’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

He will be joined by Sec. John Wiesman, Washington State Department of Health. This feed is from TVW.

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Since Washington state passed Initiative 502 to legalize recreational marijuana, rates of drivers under the influence of cannabis and involved in fatal collisions have risen at an alarming rate. (Pixabay.com)
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The Cold Springs Fire in Omak. (Okanogan County Fire District 6)
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2020 was one of worst years on record, with 10 million acres scorched and 18,000 structures destroyed.

Washington schools to open full time in fall, masks required

Officials are recommending COVID-19 vaccinations but are not requiring them for in-person instruction.

New state law makes drug possession a misdemeanor

Gov Jay Inslee says the measure will “help reduce the disparate impact of the previous drug possession statute on people of color.”

A ferry was in Everett for repair in November 2020. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Ferry fire will cause Puget Sound summer travel delays

A reduced number of boats, crew shortages and quarantines related to COVID-19 will limit capacity.

Juneteenth to be a state holiday in Washington state in 2022

The day commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free on June 19, 1865.

Douglas Ryner, 8, brushes twin cows Thelma and Louise at the Evergreen State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
11 days of glee: Evergreen State Fair ‘Back in the Saddle’

The fair was called off in 2020 due to COVID-19. Organizers are planning a revised event this year.

An abandoned face mask rests on the sidewalk along Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on April 15. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Inslee sets June 30 target for Washington to fully reopen

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places, the federal CDC said.

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo tugboats help the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy icebreaker into her homeport of Seattle, as a Washington state ferry passes in the background following a four-month deployment to the Arctic Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing a renovation and expansion of its Seattle waterfront base that during the next decade will be home to three new icebreakers, and probably other vessels. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warre, File)
Coast Guard looks to expand Seattle base

Port officials are wary the move would end an ongoing effort to expand bulk cargo operations there.

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