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Some medical supplies, including face masks, respirators and gowns provided to Washington by the federal government March 5 in conjunction with a visit from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Camp Murray in Pierce County, Washington. Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service

President issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state

Governor appoints Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono to oversee COVID-19 response management.

  • Mar 22, 2020
Some medical supplies, including face masks, respirators and gowns provided to Washington by the federal government March 5 in conjunction with a visit from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Camp Murray in Pierce County, Washington. Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service
The shelter will be opened in Harborview Hall in the Harborview Medical Center complex. The hall has sat unused for nearly a decade and required extensive renovations to bring it up to code for use as a 100-bed shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Harborview, King County open coronavirus recovery site

The 45-bed facility will treat those awaiting test results, or who have mild symptoms.

The shelter will be opened in Harborview Hall in the Harborview Medical Center complex. The hall has sat unused for nearly a decade and required extensive renovations to bring it up to code for use as a 100-bed shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Unemployment claims doubled last week as coronavirus shutters businesses

Numbers like this haven’t been seen since height of the Great Recession.

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                                Garbage and large branches at the former East Seattle Elementary School property parking lot entrance.

Questions remain over upkeep of East Seattle School property

Resident complaints over the East Seattle School upkeep and parking have gone largely unanaswered.

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                                Garbage and large branches at the former East Seattle Elementary School property parking lot entrance.

Playgrounds, sports courts closed in King County to encourage social distancing

Seattle mayor says in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the public cannot allow gatherings at Alki, Golden Gardens, Seward, Volunteer Park or Magnuson parks.

Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference from March 20, 2020, on TVW.

Inslee: Some folks aren’t taking the virus outbreak seriously

At a news conference, the governor warned businesses and individuals to get with the program.

Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference from March 20, 2020, on TVW.
The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

State Supreme Court pauses almost all cases in Washington

Judges will focus on bail hearings under emergency COVID-19 rules.

The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

90-year-old Life Care resident recovering after testing positive for COVID-19

Geneva Wood remains in isolation at Harborview Medical Center.

Passengers on a King County Metro bus. File photo

King County Metro cancels fares

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, riders in King County take free buses

  • Mar 20, 2020
Passengers on a King County Metro bus. File photo

Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service on light rail, Sounder trains

New schedules reflect greatly reduced demand, anticipated staffing shortages

  • Mar 20, 2020

CDC: Life Care staff worked in multiple facilities and while symptomatic for COVID-19

Staff members assisted in spreading coronavirus throughout long-term care facilities.

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                                Mercer Island city manager Jessi Bon speaks during a situation briefing on COVID-19.

City, schools hold COVID-19 situation briefing

The city’s status in relation to the pandemic.

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                                Mercer Island city manager Jessi Bon speaks during a situation briefing on COVID-19.

Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak

The governor announced the order, with some exceptions, as well as millions in grants for businesses.

How will COVID-19 impact wildfire response?

Answers and resources are short in short supply right now, but fire academies are still planned.

King County COVID-19 deaths increase by 10 to 56

Number of county cases up 44 to 562

Mercer Island man assaulted 6 at Kaiser Permanente in Capitol Hill

The suspect was seeking treatment for an unknown virus after travelling abroad.

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                                Brody Newcomer (left) and Matthew Duffie, two Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, pose with a change collection bank for the church’s Lent fundraiser with RIP Medical Debt.

Forgiving debt for Lent

Mercer Island church raising $20,000 to eliminate the $2 million of medical debt in King County.

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                                Brody Newcomer (left) and Matthew Duffie, two Sunday school children at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Mercer Island, pose with a change collection bank for the church’s Lent fundraiser with RIP Medical Debt.

Western Washington Goodwills to close March 19 to April 2 due to COVID-19 concerns

Most donation stations will remain open.

  • Mar 18, 2020
Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi is closed until April 2020 due to public-health concerns. Blake Peterson/staff photo

A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is hurting workers.

Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi is closed until April 2020 due to public-health concerns. Blake Peterson/staff photo

COVID-19 severe blood shortage; Red Cross drives canceled; fewer donations

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak, the agency… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2020