Coronavirus outbreak

New self-swab COVID-19 test is just as accurate, study finds

The study, under peer review, was led by an Everett Clinic doctor. It could speed up testing nationwide.

What’s essential? Cannabis, and sales are brisk in Washington

Pot shops stay open amid COVID-19, with curbside pickup. And stimulus checks are coming soon.

Snohomish County inmate positive for COVID-19; still jailed

A new screening process led medical staff to quarantine and test the man before he entered the jail.

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

The governor said Wednesday that the state must become self-reliant in the fight against COVID-19.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Wednesday news conference here

He is expected to discuss the need for manufacturers to provide personal protective equipment.

Flood of coronavirus data overwhelms state reporting system

Public reporting of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Washington ground to a halt on Sunday.

Everett hockey arena opens as COVID-19 quarantine center

Meanwhile, at least two dozen care homes in Snohomish County have cases — a huge jump since Friday.

Final farewells continue, but few are allowed to say goodbye

Rules for funerals limit attendees to immediate family. In Darrington, a memorial tradition is on hold.

Ferguson calls out price gouging by online sellers

A Mill Creek woman was selling N95 masks at six times regular price, says a cease-and-desist letter.

Commentary: Save small businesses with your small gesture

The shops that make your town yours need patronage to make it through the coronavirus shutdown.

Commentary: Act like your kids are watching; because they are

Young minds are like sponges, absorbing how we handle uncertainty, tumult and a loss of control.

These are stressful times

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

The ‘incredibly challenging’ ventilator effort by Ventec, GM

The Bothell company and General Motors wend their way through logistical and political minefields.

Most building sites have shut down, but there are exceptions

The state Senate Republican Caucus has asked Gov. Jay Inslee to lift the ban on residential work.

The governor warns of stepped-up ‘stay home’ enforcement

Meanwhile, Snohomish County has postponed the deadline to pay property taxes until June 1.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Monday news conference here

He is expected to discuss enforcement of his stay-home order.

First responders ask public to be honest if they’re sick

More than 80 Seattle fire fighters have been quarantined since the new coronavirus hit.

Dozens from Skagit Valley Chorale have COVID-19 and two died

Theory: The forceful breathing of singing dispersed viral particles that were widely inhaled.

Trump uses wartime act but GM, Ventec are already moving fast

The carmaker is working with the Bothell company to produce up to 10,000 ventilators per month.

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