Zach Jablonski

No peak yet for new virus cases

Clallam County COVID-19 infections continue to skyrocket, with 161 new cases confirmed over the weekend, while Jefferson County added 17. “It’s a lot,” said Dr.… Continue reading

More health mandates likely

Hospitals are full. Health care possibly could be delayed for such injuries as car wrecks and illnesses such as strokes. Yet many are carrying on… Continue reading

COVID, staffing burden Olympic Peninsula hospitals

The hospital system on the North Olympic Peninsula is strained by the increase of COVID-19 patients and staffing shortages. Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles… Continue reading

COVID-19 case rates skyrocket on Olympic Peninsula

The North Olympic Peninsula public health officer continues to urge residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as case numbers and case rates soar higher than… Continue reading

Clallam County adds 107 COVID cases, one death over weekend

The federal Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, and Peninsula health officials hope the move will help those… Continue reading

Health officer: All indoor spaces high risk for unprotected

COVID-19 cases are being confirmed in all indoor spaces across the North Olympic Peninsula as case numbers continue to climb during the fifth wave of… Continue reading

Health officer: 6,000 people in Clallam, Jefferson in quarantine

Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered all public, private and charter school teachers, staff, contractors and other employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be required… Continue reading

Third doses of COVID vaccine for those at risk in works

Health officials hope to finalize plans by next week for providing third doses of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines to residents with suppressed and/or compromised… Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula man in 80s dies of COVID-19

A Clallam County man in his 80s died Sunday from COVID-19, raising the total number of deaths caused by the virus to 23 on the… Continue reading

Tsunami sirens added to Peninsula

A total of eight new tsunami sirens have been added during the past two years to the coastlines of the North Olympic Peninsula — seven… Continue reading

Masks required indoors in Clallam, Jefferson counties starting Monday

Everyone 5-years-old and older will be required to wear masks inside businesses, restaurants and government buildings starting Monday in Jefferson and Clallam counties. The requirement… Continue reading

Woman’s COVID death is 18th in Clallam County

A woman in her 60s has died of COVID-19, raising the total number of deaths in Clallam County to 18 and 22 for the North… Continue reading

Berry: ‘It feels like the dam is breaking’

The current COVID-19 infection rates on the North Olympic Peninsula are mirroring the surge seen during the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday season, and officials are struggling… Continue reading

Peninsula College requiring COVID-19 vaccinations

Peninsula College announced July 29 that it is requiring all student and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campuses in Port… Continue reading

COVID case numbers increasing in both Peninsula counties

Both North Olympic Peninsula counties have reached some of the highest COVID-19 case rates they have seen since November. Clallam County reached 189 cases per… Continue reading


Protection Island fire fills bay with smoke; cause of blaze unknown

A fire on Protection Island spewed smoke into the Discovery Bay and Cape George area on Tuesday. The blaze encompassed about 10 acres of tall… Continue reading


Berry named health officer for both Clallam, Jefferson counties

Dr. Allison Berry is now the public health officer for both Clallam and Jefferson counties. Former Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke will continue… Continue reading


Health officer recommends wearing masks indoor

Health officials are recommending a return to wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for both Clallam and Jefferson counties,… Continue reading


Snowpack depleted in Olympics: No water shortage now, but situation could change

The snow has melted from the Olympic Mountains. That’s normal for this time of year, but officials are starting to eye water conservation where possible… Continue reading


Clallam County man in 70s dies of COVID-19

A Clallam County man in his 70s has died from COVID-19 after he had been hospitalized due to complications from the virus, a health official… Continue reading