Inslee admonishes some; Franklin issues ‘stay home’ directive

The governor isn’t ready to order residents to shelter in place, but Everett’s mayor pretty much did.

Tulips bloom in the fields at Tulip Town on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Wa. The Skagit Valley’s tulip festival ends Sunday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Tulip Festival still a go, but questions remain

By Jacqueline Allison / Skagit Valley Herald Tulips are on schedule to bloom in several weeks, and at the moment that’s about the only certainty… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2020
Tulips bloom in the fields at Tulip Town on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Wa. The Skagit Valley’s tulip festival ends Sunday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Watch a replay of Gov. Inslee’s Friday news conference here

He discussed new protections for at-risk employees during the coronavirus outbreak.

We’re still allowed to leave our homes, at least for now

The governor’s office says there are no immediate plans to impose stricter limits on movement.

Workers building Shoreline field hospital as virus spreads

The facility is expected to provide up to 200 beds. King County anticipates needing 3,000 more.

State Supreme Court pauses almost all cases in Washington

Judges will focus on bail hearings under emergency COVID-19 rules proposed by Prosecutor Adam Cornell.

Washington’s lieutenant governor leaving for the priesthood

Cyrus Habib’s decision to forgo re-election creates a rare opening this year for a statewide office.

  • Mar 19, 2020

Patient at Western State psychiatric hospital has COVID-19

“It’s haphazard and reckless. It’s causing a lot of anxiety,” said one social worker at the facility.

Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak

The governor announced the order Wednesday, along with other relief efforts for people and businesses.

Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April

Amounts would depend on income and family size. The first checks would be issued starting April 6.

Watch the governor’s Wednesday news conference here

Jay Inslee and other officials spoke about issues surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

Sick staff fueled outbreaks at Kirkland, other care centers

Public health authorities found facilities didn’t have enough protective equipment or hand sanitizer.

Trump: US, Canada to close border to nonessential travel

The president made the announcement on Twitter, saying the decision would not affect the flow of trade.

Can he do that? How governor can close schools, businesses

State law also enables him to limit gatherings and impose curfews. It’s a misdemeanor to defy him.

Idaho wildlife agency kills 17 wolves in Lolo Zone

Officials say it will help restore the elk population.

  • Mar 17, 2020

Watch a replay of the governor’s Monday news conference here

Jay Inslee and other officials spoke at 11 a.m. about the coronavirus outbreak.

Inslee to order all bars and restaurants to close Tuesday

The governor said the ban won’t apply to grocery stores or pharmacies. And takeout food is OK.

Starbucks to close some cafes, move to to-go model in rest

Will also temporary close stores in what it calls “high social-gathering locations.”

  • Mar 15, 2020

‘He’s an inmate’: Anguish mounts over virus-hit nursing home

The inability to comfort confused parents at Life Care Center in Kirkland has been especially painful.

Governor closes every school in the state; death toll is 36

Snohomish County health officials reported a fourth death. There are 133 confirmed cases in the county.