Coronavirus outbreak

Inslee: Trump threats on reopening schools ‘hogwash’

The president said he’d hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring students back in the fall.

 

State: Held up jobless claims to be resolved by end of month

Just under 35,000 people are still waiting for resolution of their claims for unemployment benefits.

 

Commentary: COVID has made working moms’ struggle clear

The difficulties and inequities for working moms haven’t changed. What has is the urgency for change.

Governor’s no-mask, no-service order begins across Washington

“Just do not ring up the sale,” Gov. Jay Inslee said about customers who do not don the proper masks.

Buffets and salad bars back on the menu in Snohomish County

Gov. Jay Inslee has revised rules to allow self-serve food areas in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening.

Comment: Our leaders squandered our efforts to control Covid

While we sheltered in place, federal and state leaders wasted their chance to develop a response.

Community Transit drivers: Too soon to open the front doors

The agency gives drivers masks, but a union calls that insufficient and asks for more protections.

Commentary: Small towns’ nimbleness useful in fighting COVID

Rural areas can draw on creative solutions and less regulation to meet the needs of residents.

Mental health providers brace for forecasted spike in demand

Some fear the local behavioral health system, which has bled revenue, isn’t ready for the onslaught.

Volunteers prove vital to county’s fight against COVID-19

Snohomish County’s Medical Reserve Corps provides a chance to help during the pandemic.

Surge in state COVID-19 cases driven by Eastern Washington

While the coronavirus at first pounded the Seattle area, the epicenter is now east of the Cascade Range.

Spokane health officer orders COVID-19-positive man jailed

The person was homeless, suffered from mental health problems and refused all other isolation options.

At earlier-defiant Flower World, workers now wear masks

The owner, however, has said he will legally challenge the governor’s order requiring face coverings.

‘Not a safe situation’: County is evicting homeless campers

Residents of the Everett tent city aren’t sure what’s next. Operations at local shelters have been curtailed.

Inslee: Businesses do not serve those who do not wear a mask

As COVID-19 cases surge in several counties, governor also pauses reopening to fend off a relapse.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Thursday news conference here

He is expected to discuss the state’s ongoing response to the coronavirus outbreak.

80 UW students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus

Public health officials have noticed a spike in cases among people ages 18 to 20.

Happy four-hour ferry wait on the Fourth!

With service reduced around Puget Sound due to the pandemic, it will not be the fun ferry ride of yore.

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