Washington Department of Ecology: State reviews record amount of water quality data in effort to prioritize improvements

Washington Department of Ecology: State reviews record amount of water quality data in effort to prioritize improvements. “With 65 million data points analyzed and loaded into an online database, the Washington Department of Ecology is now sharing the state’s draft Water Quality Assessment. Taking the form of an interactive online tool, the Assessment pulls together existing data for fresh and marine water.”

State of Washington: Inslee announces vaccine eligibility expansion to all adults April 15

State of Washington: Inslee announces vaccine eligibility expansion to all adults April 15. “Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Over the past four months since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death.”

Washington State Department of Health: New interactive mapping tool can pinpoint pollution hotspots in effort to improve health equity

Washington State Department of Health: New interactive mapping tool can pinpoint pollution hotspots in effort to improve health equity. “The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the University of Washington, announces new interactive mapping tools to help utilities improve environmental health equity as they transition to cleaner energy generation. These tools identify communities in Washington that are disproportionately impacted by fossil fuel pollution and vulnerable to climate change impacts so that these inequities can be addressed.”

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a campaign finance lawsuit [Wednesday] against Google for unlawfully failing to maintain key information regarding state political ads that it sold, and failing to provide that information to individuals who requested it.”

KREM: Can you get the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington? Online tool determines eligibility

KREM: Can you get the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington? Online tool determines eligibility. “The Washington State Department of Health is launching a new tool that will allow residents to determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. PhaseFinder allows users to take a survey to determine when they will be eligible to get the vaccine, according to a presentation given by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in December.”

Seattle PI: Over 1.5 million Washington residents activate coronavirus exposure notification tool

Seattle PI: Over 1.5 million Washington residents activate coronavirus exposure notification tool. “More than 1.5 million people across Washington have activated the tool on their phones that helps notify people if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The tool, WA Notify, was launched in Washington less than a month ago and now, more than 25% of adults across the state are using it.”

State of Washington: Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

State of Washington: Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool. “Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), today announced the launch of WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19. ”

The Spokesman-Review: Eat Local First Collaborative launches Washington Food & Farm Finder

The Spokesman-Review: Eat Local First Collaborative launches Washington Food & Farm Finder. “The Eat Local First Collaborative recently launched a mobile-friendly searchable database of more than 1,700 organic farms, food businesses and farmers markets in the state. The Washington Food & Farm Finder allows customers to search for markets based on location, product type and whether purveyors offer online ordering, curbside service or home delivery, among other things.”

Seattle Times: Washington state officials are considering loosening guidelines to reopen schools

Seattle Times: Washington state officials are considering loosening guidelines to reopen schools. “Washington state health officials are considering changing the disease metrics that guide school district reopening decisions during the pandemic. If adopted, up to half the state’s 300 school districts would meet the benchmark to start educating their youngest learners in person at least part time.”