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Why didn’t Governor Jay Inslee look at our South Central data for new hospitalizations and think something was wrong: the Washington State Department of Health didn’t review the information and see any discrepancy, which prevented the only state region from moving to Phase 2 Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Yakima County is now in Phase 1B Tier 1 of Vaccine Distribution following the state’s decision last week to expand vaccine eligibility – those age 65 and those 50 years or older who live in multi-generational households are eligible to receive the vaccine, alongside healthcare workers, first responders and residents and staff in long term care facilities.

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As Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross and Deputy Auditor Vince Malzahn opened up the Election Ballot Box at the U.S. Post Office parking lot in Sunnyside, Tuesday morning, the number of returned ballots was an impressive reminder of how we cherish our democracy, along with the men and women of the armed forces who safeguard those freedoms.

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The rate of speed digital information is being transmitted to and from personal devices and the ability to create and forward materials to others for connected engagement is being accessed and relied upon with great importance as a result of the ever changing COVID-19 environment.

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As we observe National Newspaper Week – October 4-10 this year – it is time to pause for a moment and reflect on the global and national issues which have shaped and added character to our local stories with relevance and importance, making the Sunnyside Sun Newspaper a real news source of community information and trusted journalism.

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The much anticipated announcement by the Yakima Health District for local school officials to proceed with in-person, hybrid learning on Monday afternoon, September 28, is a positive step for students to begin transitioning back into the classroom within the next three weeks and moving beyond the limiting confines of distance instruction.