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Posted: Jul 7, 2020

80 new COVID-19 cases reported in Yakima County; 4 virus deaths

The Yakima Health District reported 80 new COVID-19 cases and four more virus death cases in Yakima County. As of Monday evening, YHD says there are at least 7,935 confirmed cases and a total of 150 deaths. They say 146 people died with underlying conditions. 43 people are hospitalized, with 7 people intubated, and 4,798 have recovered, according to the health district.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
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Posted: Jul 6, 2020

Two die during Fourth of July celebrations in Skagit County

Two fatalities and a house fire were among the emergencies first responders were called to during the Fourth of July holiday. One death was caused by a firework and another by an accidental gunshot wound. A house in Mount Vernon caught fire after fireworks set some nearby trees ablaze. On the afternoon of July 4, a Camano Island man died at Skagit Valley Hospital after sustaining what was reportedly an accidental gunshot wound in the woods south of Hamilton.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 5:41:12 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (
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Posted: Jul 6, 2020

Yakima firefighters believe fireworks caused 250 acre wildfire near White Swan

Yakima County firefighters believe a wildfire that was started over the weekend just north of White Swan was caused by fireworks. According to Yakima County Fire District #5, the fire was contained at 250 acres. Their crews worked alongside Yakama Nation Fire Management with air resources and dozers.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 10:19:04 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
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Posted: Jul 6, 2020

With hundreds of firefighters in quarantine, Houston Fire Department is running on empty as pandemic surge continues

The Houston Fire Department said its firefighters are running on empty as they try to keep up with the city’s pandemic surge. HFD Chief Sam Pena said about 300 firefighters are in quarantine. Pena said the ones not in quarantine are overworked and there is no end in sight. “Yes, they’re being stretched thin, and yes, they’re being overworked and it is stressful for them,” Pena said.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
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Posted: Jul 6, 2020

Unruly July 4th Crowd in California Slowed Fire Response To Emergency Call

VIDEO: An Oakland fire crew was delayed on making an emergency medical call July 4th evening when an unruly mob near Lake Merritt blocked its path and climbed onto the engine. The incident was captured on a video released Sunday night on the Oakland Firefighters Facebook page. The video showed a crowd gathered around an Oakland fire truck at the intersection of Lakeshore and Brooklyn Avenues on the east side of Lake Merritt.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
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