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Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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.

 

Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing

Life Care in Kirkland facing more than $600K in fines for COVID-19 response

The facility has until Sept. 16 to pay or address areas of concern or it will be terminated.

 

South King Fire opens county’s first decontamination site for law enforcement officers

Police given peace of mind amid COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo

Dental foundation serves Medicaid patients through COVID-19

The Arcora Foundation is also attempting to expand its urgent care database, allowing those with different insurances to use its services during the outbreak.

Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo
Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)

Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)

Unemployment claims continue to climb

For the week of March 22-28, claims have reached more than 181,000.

Eastsiders utilize technology to keep things running during COVID-19 outbreak

Technology and online habits have allowed businesses, city governments, nonprofits and residents to keep going while maintaining social distancing.

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                                Volunteers at a March 14 work party for Harvest Against Hunger.

Mercer Island Rotarians help fight hunger

COVID-19 regulations impact hunger relief efforts.

  • Apr 2, 2020
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                                Volunteers at a March 14 work party for Harvest Against Hunger.

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.

Amazon.com still has listings for medical equipment, but the website includes a caveat and other protections to ensure equipment is supplied to those who need it. Screenshot

Five businesses warned for price gouging

Ferguson sent cease and desist letters to five businesses, including one in Issaquah.

  • Apr 1, 2020
Amazon.com still has listings for medical equipment, but the website includes a caveat and other protections to ensure equipment is supplied to those who need it. Screenshot

New principal selected for MIHS

Walter Kelly brings years of experience from Texas.

  • Apr 1, 2020

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrest man after I-5 standoff in Kent

Incident began in Issaquah early Tuesday morning

State legislators discussed COVID-19 impacts during a East King Chambers Coalition webinar on March 31 moderated by Kate Riley of The Seattle Times. Screenshot

State lawmakers discuss COVID-19 impacts with chambers

Four state lawmakers gathered for a webinar with the East King Chambers Coalition.

  • Mar 31, 2020
State legislators discussed COVID-19 impacts during a East King Chambers Coalition webinar on March 31 moderated by Kate Riley of The Seattle Times. Screenshot

Fighting the coronavirus, 100 masks at a time

Members of the community are making masks to do their part and support health care workers in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

Surrounded by his family, Mayor Benson Wong was sworn in on Jan. 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of city communications manager Ross Freeman

Mayor Wong talks about COVID-19 impacts

First-year mayor navigates pandemic.

  • Mar 31, 2020
Surrounded by his family, Mayor Benson Wong was sworn in on Jan. 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of city communications manager Ross Freeman
Gov. Jay Inslee is pictured March 28 at a field hospital set up at the CenturyLink Field Event Center to address non-COVID-19 medical needs. (Photo courtesy of Jay Inslee’s Twitter feed)

Gov. Inslee warns of stepped-up ‘stay home’ enforcement

“Thousands of calls” from residents concerned about businesses and people not following restrictions.

Gov. Jay Inslee is pictured March 28 at a field hospital set up at the CenturyLink Field Event Center to address non-COVID-19 medical needs. (Photo courtesy of Jay Inslee’s Twitter feed)

Property tax deadline extended to June

This only affects those who pay their property taxes themselves.

The 2020 census form will look very similar to this sample document. Image courtesy U.S. Census Bureau

Don’t forget to take the census

Due to the coronavirus, the deadline for responding to the census is Aug. 14, 2020.

The 2020 census form will look very similar to this sample document. Image courtesy U.S. Census Bureau
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows COVID-19, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Latest numbers: Washington COVID-19 outbreak by county

With links to official information.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows COVID-19, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Washington scrambles to boost supply of life-saving protective items for healthcare workers

State officials say they had to be “creative” to obtain protective equipment in global demand.

  • Mar 27, 2020