Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Roger Harnack
Gazette Publisher 

Define Voluntary


Voluntary must have a different meaning inside state government offices.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee and other participants in his coronavirus press conference said participation in a statewide contact tracing program would be voluntary.

Under the program, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus would be contacted by the Washington National Guard, state Department of Licensing employees or other so-called “health professionals” to determine an infected person’s whereabouts and ascertain their personal interactions.

Those who test positive would also be quarantined in their homes, al...

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