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Inslee outlines monkeypox strategy; I-5 lane closures this weekend; Home prices fall in some counties; Washington hospital crowding; Western pond turtle conservation

These two counties in Washington state have seen home prices drop

The door is opening to more homebuyers in Island County.

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service states Island and Ferry counties are the only ones in the state to see their home prices drop between July of 2021 and this July.

One home in Oak Harbor is a prime example. The fully remodeled house with a water view was originally listed for $785,000. The sellers dropped the price 20% to $650,000 after an unheard-of 80 days on the market. Read more

Inslee: Monkeypox is a 'serious public health concern'

In a directive to the Washington State Department of Health, Gov. Jay Inslee called the monkeypox virus a "serious public health concern" in the state.

Inslee also outlined additional steps to address the rise in monkeypox (MPV) cases. 

There are 265 confirmed MPV cases in Washington state as of Friday, according to the DOH. King County reported 225 cases in the latest update, an increase of nearly 100 cases since the state's Aug. 3 update.

Other cases were reported in Whatcom, Spokane, Snohomish, Pierce, Lewis, Yakima, Benton, Cowlitz, Clark, Mason and Kitsap counties. Read more

Crews will start to pave over 'infamous bumps' on SB I-5 near Spokane Street in Seattle this weekend

Crews will start to pave over the "infamous bumps" along a portion of southbound I-5 in Seattle as Revive I-5 work continues this weekend.

The paving will occur near Spokane Street, where new expansion joints replaced old ones that were placed about three-quarters of an inch below the surface of the new road.

"We've been working on a solution ever since and now we're ready to start," a post from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reads. Read more

Problems persist at Washington hospitals due to lack of long-term care options

Harborview Medical Center reported Thursday it will temporarily accept only patients that are in urgent need of their specialized care.

The hospital said it had 560 patients in a hospital set up for 413, and that 100 of those patients are medically stable and in need of long-term, post-acute care, but have not yet been able to be transferred. 

Hospitals statewide warned about this problem in July. Hospital leaders said it persists today. Read more

How the Woodland Park Zoo helped bring the western pond turtle back from the brink of extinction

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Woodland Park Zoo are fighting for the future of a local animal many people probably didn’t realize was approaching extinction just a few decades ago. 

The western pond turtle is the only native turtle to Western Washington. In 1990 the population declined to a point where only about 150 western pond turtles remained in the state.

The turtles were once harvested and other predators, including invasive bullfrogs, led to the decline of the western pond turtle. Read more

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