Washington State House Democrats


Friday, March 20

Includes employees at privately owned businesses in the following industries: gas stations, general merchandise stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, day care, dry cleaning and laundry services, commercial banks, and veterinary services.

The new sick leave law doesn’t help the workers that need it most
The Families First Coronavirus Emergency Response Act passed the Senate on March 18, and was signed into law by President Trump. The “phase 2” bill was one of the first moves by Congress in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak and aimed to extend sick leave to vulnerable U.S. workers, along with other financial benefits. Nearly a quarter of U.S. workers don’t have access to paid sick leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For many of these workers, like waiters and waitresses, the federally mandated leave comes too late, as layoffs from social distancing measures have spiked. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Shelly Tan, Alyssa Fowers)

Graph of coronavirus spread

What ‘flattening the curve’ really means, and why it’s so important in the coronavirus outbreak
Flatten the curve. That’s the rallying cry of the coronavirus pandemic. But what does that mean and why is it so important? The drastic measures put in place by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, President Donald Trump and other government officials aren’t meant to stop the disease from spreading. They are meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That, in turn, buys more of a crucial resource: time. Continue reading at The Olympian. (National Institute of Health)

Cyrus Habib

Washington’s lieutenant governor leaving for the priesthood
Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib said Thursday that he is not running for re-election and will join the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church to start the process of becoming a priest. Habib, the state’s first blind lieutenant governor, said the decision comes after “two years of careful and prayerful discernment.” A Democrat who has served in the position since 2017, Habib previously served in the state House and Senate. He said he understood why many constituents and supporters may be surprised and wondering why he “would trade a life of authority for one of obedience.” Continue reading at The Skagit Valley Herald. (Ted S. Warren)


Associated Press
Workers building field hospital in Shoreline as coronavirus spreads
Judge asked to force decision on US wolverine protections
Nikki Haley resigns from Boeing board over airlines bailout
Patient at Western State psychiatric hospital has COVID-19
Funerals barred in Washington state due to coronavirus
High-stakes negotiations begin on $1T economic rescue
Funerals barred in Washington state due to coronavirus
Judge rejects release of vulnerable immigration detainees
Ban on race-based hairstyle discrimination signed into law
Measuring easing penalties for HIV exposure signed into law
As virus spreads, VA gets set to back up taxed US hospitals
Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15
Washington’s lieutenant governor leaving for the priesthood
Patient, worker at state psychiatric hospital have COVID-19
Death toll from coronavirus up to 74 in Washington state
Business Fallout: Airlines lobby for funds, Domino’s hiring
California rushes to prevent virus spread among the homeless
National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus
US panel approves pipeline, natural gas terminal in Oregon
News organizations drop paywall for coronavirus information

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen school board withdraws Stevens bond from April election
Amid COVID concern, state calls off clam dig that was to start Friday
Grays Harbor Public Health activates incident management team to aid coordination
Comment period extended for environmental review of Chehalis flood reduction project
Grays Harbor Community Hospital postpones elective surgeries
Aberdeen homeless camp closed to all visitors
Quick community effort opens child care for first responders
Letter: Early learning investment pays off (Callan, Senn, Wilson)
New York joins California in locking down against the virus
Senators sold stock before steep market losses from virus
Stocks shed early gains as New York tightens clampdown
Tax-filing deadline pushed back to July 15; watch coronavirus task force briefing now

Auburn Reporter
Inslee orders halt to elective surgeries, dental services
Pandemic stressing small shops, bars, restaurants on Main Street
Local YMCAs open child care for essential workers to serve hundreds of families
VRFA ready to move personnel should COVID-19 wreak havoc
Opinion: TP shortage is tip of iceberg
Opinion: Helping community organizations as we respond to the coronavirus

Capital Press
Opioid crisis: Finding a rural remedy
Farmers keep flexible in face of coronavirus impacts

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Aerospace suppliers: If Boeing halts production, so will we
Rapid virus spread prompts change in health district notices
Teachers check in with kids as more seek meals each day
4 Community Transit bus drivers positive for coronavirus
State Supreme Court pauses almost all cases in Washington
COVID-19 outbreak puts venue owners in a fight for survival
Bloomberg: Boeing tumbles 17% after seeking $60B for aerospace bailout
WaPo: Comments: Parents finding a new appreciation for teachers
Editorial: TVW marks 25 years as window into state government

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way mayor to host virtual town hall about impact of COVID-19

The Guardian
Native American tribe takes trailblazing steps to fight Covid-19 outbreak

Issaquah Reporter
AG Ferguson warns of scams related to COVID-19
Customers buying high volume of products at cannabis shops
CDC: Life Care staff worked in multiple facilities and while symptomatic for COVID-19
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center requests community kindness

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak
Washington receives 8,000 additional COVID-19 test kits
County receives emergency housing grant

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Coronavirus update: 12 Kitsap residents have tested positive for COVID-19
Navy reports first COVID-19 case at Bangor submarine base
Will 1,000-bed hospital ship sail for Seattle or Los Angeles?
Harrison waives billing for COVID-19 treatment, postpones elective surgeries and restricts access to facilities
Kitsap County Jail officer diagnosed with COVID-19, second case connected to county campus
Kitsap judge says COVID-19 symptoms came on fast
Taxes 2020: April 15 federal tax filing deadline extended to July 15
City parks, other parks districts scale back amid COVID-19 threat
Kitsap County Clerk’s Office closed until Monday

New York Times
Before coronavirus outbreak, a cascade of warnings went unheeded
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Borders With Mexico and Canada to Close This Weekend
Senator Richard Burr Sold a Fortune in Stocks as G.O.P. Played Down Coronavirus Threat
‘Chilling’ Plans: Who Gets Care as Washington State Hospitals Fill Up?
Senate Rescue Package Includes Corporate Tax Cuts and $1,200 Checks
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California Orders Californians to Stay at Home
A Torrent of Job Losses Threatens to Overwhelm the U.S. Economy
Opinion: The Epic Failure of Coronavirus Testing in America

Olympian (subscription required)
Tax Day just got pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what to know
What ‘flattening the curve’ really means, and why it’s so important in the coronavirus outbreak
Thurston County offices now closed to the public due to COVID-19
Navy hospital ship Mercy sails next week to aid West Coast strained by coronavirus
Senior year ‘ thrown out the window’ because of coronavirus. What comes next?
COVID-19 clampdown: Things to do when you can’t go anywhere
‘The need for food is increasing,’ says Thurston County Food Bank development director
WA’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 70 with more than 1,300 cases now confirmed
Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib won’t seek re-election, will pursue a religious calling
Washington halts elective surgeries, dentistry, other procedures to free coronavirus gear

Peninsula Daily News
Curbside service offered at Port Townsend Food Bank
Jefferson County food banks switch to drive-thru
State death toll from COVID-19 climbs to 74
Sequim declares COVID-19 a civil emergency
Assistance reported for entrepreneurs, homeless
COVID-19 prompts free bus rides, PDA cuts in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Bezos and the Ballmers contribute $5M to fund for coronavirus relief
Economists warn 2nd quarter contraction will rival ‘steepest in history’
Boeing director Nikki Haley quits board after jet maker’s $60B bailout request
Sound Transit, King County Metro to reduce services as ridership plummets
Younger adults comprise big portion of coronavirus hospitalizations in U.S.
A taxonomy of bailouts: Comparing the coronavirus rescues with rescues past

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

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington’s unemployment system flooded with claims as coronavirus fallout grows
Tax-filing deadline pushed back to July 15 due to coronavirus
We took your coronavirus questions to Seattle’s mayor and two UW experts. Here’s what they said
‘Single point of failure’: The CDC’s past successes with an FDA process set the table for coronavirus testing debacle
How and where to be tested for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — and who qualifies
Bloomberg: California’s 40 million residents ordered to stay at home
San Diego Union-Tribune: There’s plenty of toilet paper, but good luck finding it
Funerals prohibited in Washington state in effort to slow coronavirus spread
Hospital workers are making masks from office supplies because the coronavirus pandemic has caused a shortage
Amazon confirms COVID-19 case as workers say they’re not checked for coronavirus symptoms
Doctor decries Bellingham hospital’s coronavirus response, saying it puts health care workers at risk
Steve Shulman, ‘heartbeat of Leschi,’ dies from effects of coronavirus disease
Seattle team gets funding to start human trials of potentially groundbreaking coronavirus treatment
Eviction measures offer some help for small businesses during coronavirus crisis, but not long-term relief
Coronavirus begins to chill homebuyer interest, and Redfin pauses its instant offers
Sen. Patty Murray asks for investigation into coronavirus testing, cites failures by Trump administration
Op-Ed: Coronavirus: Homeless sweeps and crowded shelters are a recipe for humanitarian disaster
Editorial: Amid coronavirus response, Congress must support parks and open-space fund

Seattle Weekly
CDC: Life Care staff worked in multiple facilities and while symptomatic for COVID-19
Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak

Skagit Valley Herald
Garbage collection services largely unchanged amid COVID-19
Mount Vernon teens help out seniors
Mount Vernon School Board carries on amid closures

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

Spokesman Review
Spokane Valley MultiCare employee tests positive for COVID-19
Positive COVID-19 test in Spokane Valley retirement community
Child care needs acute as coronavirus restrictions expand
Inslee restricts medical, dental procedures to save supplies
Spokane Public Schools can’t keep up with demand for food, even after upping production
With state facing a mask shortage, STA contravenes guidance and makes stockpile available to drivers
Opinion: Jared D. Evans, DMD and Brian L. Simmerman: Spokane’s legacy of oral health care innovation needs to be expanded

Tri-City Herald
BBQ meals for 1st responders, protective masks and more needed
Richland coronavirus victim fell ill after visiting Western Washington and self-quarantined
Opinion: Coronavirus failures are our bad. We’d been warned it was coming for decades

Vancouver Business Journal
City of Vancouver closes all facilities
Economic problems loom for local businesses

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Local schools well prepared for six-week closure

Washington Post
Spain’s death toll jumps by 30 percent
Tax filing deadline extended to July 15 as Wall Street struggles to stage a comeback
As economic tsunami grows, Senate virus plan under fire from all sides
‘Don’t come over here with no mask!’: Cities struggle to protect homeless populations
Sen. Richard Burr says he asked ethics committee for review of his stock sales
Cruise ships kept sailing as virus spread. Health experts question why.
Editorial: Some governors have been leading the way. Others, not so much.
Op-Ed: Three big takeaways from the stunning GOP stock-selling revelations
Some companies are reporting big raises. But they’re not real.
The new sick leave law doesn’t help the workers that need it most
As epidemic menaces refugee camps, the Middle East’s most vulnerable face a deepening nightmare
After shutting some national park sites over coronavirus, Trump administration waived entrance fees at many others
The coronavirus is killing far more men than women
Government efforts to track virus through phone location data complicated by privacy concerns
Ex-Uber executive Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty to trade-secret theft

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley food banks limiting contact, but staying open to meet demand
Yakima nonprofit steps up to help take huge volume of coronavirus calls to Washington State Department of Health
Local schools make progress on childcare for those on the front lines
Editorial: Compassion, empathy and encouragement in coronavirus era


Real-time updates: 74 coronavirus deaths among 1,376 cases in Washington
Elective surgeries, dental procedures on hold in Washington over coronavirus response
5 things to know Friday about coronavirus in Washington
VERIFY: NIH study shows coronavirus can survive hours in the air, days on surfaces
Map: Tracking the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state
Work continues at Boeing amid positive coronavirus cases
Why Gov. Inslee has not ordered Washington residents to ‘shelter in place’
Washington state working to keep up with sharp spike in unemployment claims due to coronavirus

Gov. Inslee orders halt to elective surgeries, dental services as case numbers increase
Gov. Inslee to Pres. Trump: WA hospitals will be in crisis by end of month
Stranded in lockdown: Local travelers abroad facing closed roads, airports
Bellingham physician: COVID-19 spreading because people can’t get tested
Coronavirus live updates: US tax filing deadline pushed to July
Local restaurant donates meals to help hospital workers
CDC says sick workers helped spread coronavirus in local care centers

Coronavirus death toll in Washington: Over 70 deaths and 1,370 cases
New drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opens in Seattle for first responders 
Treasury: Tax deadline extended from April 15 to July 15
For kids and parents, a new normal: Inspire learning at home
Providence Hospital asking for volunteers to sew medical masks to battle coronavirus
Community donating personal equipment to help hospitals fight coronavirus
Clam digs now banned along southern Washington coast to prevent COVID-19 spread
Possible COVID-19 cure? Seattle lab awaiting approval to test patients
Patient, worker at Western State psychiatric hospital have COVID-19
Lt. Gov. Habib announces he will not seek re-election
Metro to temporarily reduce bus service during coronavirus outbreak

NW Public Radio
It’s Not Just Nursing Homes: Threat Of Coronavirus Spread Looms In Other Communal Settings
Northwest Tribal Programs That Prepare For Public Health Crises Are Readying For Coronavirus
He Texts His Wife: ‘I Was Just Stopped By Immigration.’ Then Reality Rippled Through The Methow Valley
Washington Appeals Court Rules Against Carlton Complex Fire Survivors In Suit Against State

Q13 TV (Fox)
Coronavirus death toll reaches 74 with more than 1,300 cases in Washington state
California governor issues statewide stay-at-home order
Family of 4 could get $3,000 under coronavirus relief plan
Puyallup woman is Pierce County’s first death related to COVID-19
Boeing could be hurting long after airlines recover from coronavirus outbreak
‘I’m prepared mentally that I will get infected:’ Local doctor shares concern over impending coronavirus patient surge
How long will Americans be fighting the coronavirus?
Bank of America will let customers defer mortgage payments
The number of US coronavirus cases has topped 13,000 as testing becomes more available


As coronavirus spreads, rural Washington prepares for the worst
Opinion: The road to women’s suffrage began in Washington state

Seattle P.I.
COVID-19 updates: COVID-19 death toll reaches 74 statewide, Washington receives 8,000 new tests
Report: COVID-19 will lead to wage reductions, layoffs in 40% of all jobs in Puget Sound region
Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15
New restrictions coming on travel between the US and Mexico
Patient, worker at state psychiatric hospital have COVID-19

A Message to the City from Ben Gibbard
Slog AM: Locals Prep for Surge in Cases, Feds Send Supplies, and Anyone Who Knows How to Sew Is Needed
Breaking Coronavirus News: Inslee Requests Navy Hospital Ship, Says Our Medical Capacity Is the “Most Severely Challenged in the Nation”
What Is Really Wrong with the Senator Who Dumped $1.6 Million Worth of Stock Before the COVID-19 Market Crash
The Speech We’ve Been Waiting For
Seattle City Council Gets More Money for Small Businesses, Utility Payment Relief
Bored at Home? These Seattle Stores Offer Delivery and Curbside Pickup for Books, Movies, Records, Board Games, and More
Seattle and Other US Cities Are About to Experience the Mother of All Economic Crashes
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