Washington State House Democrats


Monday, March 23

A sign on a play structure in Seattle on Sunday informs people the play area is closed. Seattle has shut down all playgrounds in the city to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris Grygiel)

Trump issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state
President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a disaster declaration for Washington and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed dozens. The disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for both emergency protective measures and crisis counseling, the White House said. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the federal declaration was appreciated but added it was a “first step” that doesn’t go far enough. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Chris Grygiel)


Outdoor crowds test limits of social distancing as leaders weigh ‘very strong’ emergency powers to fight coronavirus
Forced to work from home, with kids’ toys crowding the living room and restaurants drawing shut, many in Seattle and beyond have turned to the outdoors — too many, it turns out. Police over the weekend took to loudspeakers and blared reminders for Seattle parkgoers to keep their distance from each other. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder)


Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program
Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill that will establish a minimum allocation for fresh foods for those enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program in Washington. Senate Bill 6309 will require the Department of Health to allocate a minimum of $28 for WIC recipients during the summer months, to be used on fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) was moved to sponsor the bill after her own experience with the program years ago. Continue reading at The Islands’ Weekly.


Associated Press
Trump issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state
Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for virus, forcing quarantines
Despite Fed help, stocks wobble as traders wait on Congress
Supreme Court rules states can bar insanity defense
‘I can do it.’ Couple braves pandemic to help NYC’s homeless
School districts take unplanned plunge into online learning
Trump appears to waffle on shutdown as Congress pursues aid
PG&E pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in wildfire
‘A really big experiment’: Parents turn teachers amid virus
Rights groups: coronavirus treatment plan discriminates
State closes all campgrounds through April 30 to reduce spread of COVID-19
Trump issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state
Second patient has coronavirus at psychiatric hospital
Stocks tumble despite Fed aid as traders wait for Congress
Over 1.5 billion globally asked to stay home to escape virus
More testing, stay-home warnings as Washington fights virus
Target apologizes for selling face masks amid shortage
Nursing home outbreaks lay bare chronic industry problems
Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus
Imports of medical supplies plummet as demand in US soars
Inslee warns of more virus restrictions if rules ignored
More testing, stay-home warnings as Washington fights virus
No immediate plans to expand virus restrictions in WA

Aberdeen Daily World
Westport orders lodging businesses to close, limiting beach access
Wood products industry makes its case for being an essential industry
Buses running on schedule fare free, ridership down
Foundation seeks gear for Community Hospital to help during coronavirus outbreak
Oped: How to limit hoarding and keep America’s hands clean

Arlington Times
Arlington students won’t go hungry during the COVID-19 school closures

Auburn Reporter
South King County mayors: Please stay home, follow best practices
President issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Ferndale School District says service provider tests positive for coronavirus
Whatcom coronavirus updates: Food Bank offers drive-up distribution of pre-packed boxes
Whatcom Health says 23 more residents, 6 staff at Shuksan Healthcare positive for coronavirus
Lummi Indian Business Council orders shelter in place in response to coronavirus
Whatcom Health Department Sunday update includes five new cases of coronavirus
Kids and the coronavirus: Just how vulnerable are babies and children to COVID-19?
Bellingham disinfecting and keeping park playgrounds open during coronavirus pandemic
Experience new drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Seattle
Coronavirus updates: Disaster assistance available to all Washington small businesses
Earthquake rattles islands just west of Whatcom County Sunday afternoon
Coronavirus updates: President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Washington
State’s job market takes hit from coronavirus, Whatcom expected to quickly rise
A man in his 80s is the second second coronavirus death in Whatcom County
Coronavirus updates: Inslee says 2 million masks, 12 million gloves, more supplies on the way
‘Don’t be selfish.’ People crowd California beaches despite coronavirus threat
Washington state COVID-19 cases now at 1,996 with 95 deaths
Going to grocery store during coronavirus outbreak? Here are tips for shopping safely

Bothell Reporter
Unemployment claims doubled last week as coronavirus shutters businesses

Capital Press
China makes ‘significant’ purchase of U.S. wheat
Interview waiver aids H-2A processing
Farmers keep flexible in face of coronavirus impacts

Franz continues push for more funds to battle state’s wildfires (Fitzgibbon, Wylie)
Washington state campgrounds to close through April 30
In Our View: Congress should enact vote-by-mail for all

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Too many cars on the road inspired Everett’s stay-home order
An infected worker reportedly dies, but Boeing stays open
Not everything is closed as businesses evolve to stay alive
Hospitals prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients
Coming: Drive-thru tests, county park limits, Edmonds order
Everett care center administrator: ‘Am I scared — yes’
Six years later, Oso remembers landslide victims, survivors
First it was toilet paper, now guns and ammo are flying, too
Care home still on lockdown as connected COVID-19 cases rise
Jail population drops as justice is postponed by COVID-19
Snohomish County homeless sex offender check-ins on hold until early April
Stolen firearm reports down, gun lock giveaways up in Everett
Answers to common questions about coping with COVID-19 crisis
Editorial: Extend opportunity to comment on Snake River dams
Commentary: Help for corporations must come with conditions
Commentary: Why it’s taking so long to ramp up Covid-19 tests

India West 
Washington State Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Sikh Americans

Islands’ Weekly
Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program (Lovelett)
Washington state Legislature bans single-use plastic bags (Tarleton)
Senate and house dispute kills data privacy bill (Carlyle)
Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free
Legislature passes tax exemption extension for private plane alteration and repair work
Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak
Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak
Start of state ferry service to Canada suspended until April 26
Orcas resident first person diagnosed with COVID-19 in San Juan County
Washington submits request seeking Medicaid flexibility for COVID-19 response
Beware of Medicare coronavirus scams
Larsen: Federal Disaster Relief Available for Small Businesses Suffering from COVID-19 Impact
AG and Secretary of State warn donors to be wary of charity scams during COVID-19
WSF encourages passengers to give everyone a little more space when sailing
EDC launches survey to assess business impacts from COVID-19

Issaquah Reporter
How is the coronavirus affecting the arts?
90-year-old Life Care resident recovering after testing positive for COVID-19
Harborview, King County open coronavirus recovery site
Unemployment claims doubled last week as coronavirus shutters businesses
King County Metro cancels fares
State Supreme Court pauses almost all cases in Washington
Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service on light rail, Sounder trains

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
As testing shows 18 COVID-19 cases in Kitsap, Trump issues virus disaster declaration
Kitsap Transit to suspend fares collection on buses, ferries beginning Monday
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s new mission: making hand sanitizer during a pandemic
3 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Kitsap County
‘It’s like walking into traffic blindfolded’: Kitsap health care workers face protective gear shortage
Kitsap siblings started elderberry syrup businesses. Then, a pandemic happened.
Poulsbo clinic moving ahead with COVID-19 testing space – whether it gets approval or not
Coronavirus live updates: 100M in lockdown; Trump wavers on social distancing; stimulus battle rages
Special delivery during coronavirus: Pregnant women are grappling with COVID-19

New York Times
To really shut down the coronavirus, drastic steps must be taken, experts say
Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Leaders Beg Public to Stay Home; Fed Vows to Buy as Much Debt as Needed
Back at Work but Not on the Bench, Supreme Court Issues 3 Major Opinions

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County COVID-19 cases grow to 10; latest case is a man in his 30s
Navy hospital ship to L.A. as Trump activates National Guard in Calif, Washington, NY
Providence opens COVID-19 drive-thru in Lacey to test those most at risk
This alcoholic concoction will do more than lift your spirits. It’ll kill germs
Coronavirus updates: Disaster assistance available to all Washington small businesses
State closes all campgrounds through April 30 to reduce spread of COVID-19
Need a job? You’re not alone. Washington state jobless claims soar in wake of COVID-19 outbreak
Inslee says age 65-plus should not go to work unless they’re in ‘essential’ jobs
Grocery stores, workers face fears, make changes as they battle spread of COVID-19
Army Corps has a plan to convert hotels, dorms into coronavirus hospital rooms. Here’s how

Peninsula Daily News
Virus prompts cancellations on Peninsula
Sequim shuts down park playgrounds
Clallam food banks offer drive-thru service
Jefferson County man with virus in critical care
Peninsula restaurants offer takeout, delivery options
State unemployment claims skyrocket
Jefferson County officials aim to mitigate economic damage
Makah Tribe orders Neah Bay residents to shelter in place
COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those impacted by virus precautions
Sequim offers utility relief program
Confirmed COVID-19 cases grow to 10 on Peninsula

Puget Sound Business Journal
Coalition of Seattle-area leaders raises $27M to aid individuals and businesses
The Fed goes all-in with new, unlimited bond-buying plan
Target apologizes for selling N95 masks in Seattle
The U.S. shut down its economy. Here’s what needs to happen in order to restart.
‘Terrified’ package delivery employees are going to work sick
Microsoft, Expedia and others don’t contribute to congestion as much as you think
Opinion: Feds must act now to support Washington’s aerospace industry
Without urgent action, coronavirus could overwhelm U.S., estimates say
Inslee urges vulnerable groups to stay home but stops short of shelter-in-place order

Redmond Reporter
Harborview, King County open coronavirus recovery site
Unemployment claims doubled last week as coronavirus shutters businesses

Renton Reporter
Inslee: Some folks aren’t taking the virus outbreak seriously
Customers buying high volume of products at cannabis shops
Playgrounds, sports courts closed in King County to encourage social distancing

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Outdoor crowds are testing the limits of social distancing as leaders weigh ‘very strong’ emergency powers
‘We’re in this human experiment’: UW researchers study effects of coronavirus social isolation
Go inside the nerve center of a Western Washington hospital system dealing with coronavirus
Seattle tech startups brace for cash squeeze as coronavirus crisis deepens
Trump declares ‘major disaster’ in Washington state, says he’d activate National Guard; here’s what that does and doesn’t mean
Seattle schools announce child care sites during coronavirus closure amid tense exchange with city and county
The moment that ‘really rocked my world’: Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib speaks on why he’s leaving Olympia to join the Jesuits
As Seattle-area seniors isolate against coronavirus, they and their families work at staying emotionally strong
Events that have moved online due to the novel coronavirus outbreak
UW researchers look at how coronavirus turns body against itself and kills
Boeing worker at Everett plant dies from coronavirus infection
Is school really out? Washington state school districts answer that question differently during the coronavirus closure  
New coronavirus surveillance program launched in Seattle based on home-test kits
Bloomberg: Locked-down lawyers warned Alexa is hearing confidential calls
Seattle team gets funding to start human trials of potentially groundbreaking coronavirus treatment
Metro eliminates bus fares, asks riders to board through back doors to slow coronavirus outbreak
Q&A: What does the 90-day federal tax delay mean for filers?
LA Times: Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: ‘We’re going to be fine’
Everett directs residents to stay home to slow coronavirus, others call on Inslee to follow suit
How to cook for and with your kids during the extended coronavirus school closures
Op-Ed: Because of the coronavirus, I can’t do my job as a public defender in Seattle — and my clients are suffering
Editorial: Coronavirus pandemic requires careful election policies
Editorial: 100 years of the women’s vote in Washington
Editorial: Massive federal aid needed today and tomorrow for coronavirus effects

Seattle Weekly
Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service on light rail, Sounder trains
Harborview, King County open coronavirus recovery site
Playgrounds, sports courts closed in King County to encourage social distancing

Skagit Valley Herald
State campgrounds closed through April 30
Chandler’s Square resident confirmed with COVID-19, 2nd awaiting results
Businesses turn to online sales
Concern grows as COVID-19 cases increase in Skagit County
Skagit County investigates COVID-19 cluster; expects significant rise in cases
Skagit County gets grant for emergency housing
County evaluates jail medical care

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Spokesman Review
‘We know what our job is’: Spokane Valley firefighters adjust to widespread COVID-19 precautions
With four new cases in Spokane County, health officials testing high-risk coronavirus patients, urging others with symptoms to treat at home
Gov. Inslee names retired Navy admiral, surgeon as state director of response to COVID-19
Washington campgrounds to close Monday in effort to stop coronavirus spread
Shawn Vestal: Effort underway to aid bar, restaurant workers shut out of work by virus restrictions
WaPo: FDA authorizes first rapid ‘point-of-care’ test for coronavirus

Tri-City Herald
2nd Catholic priest in diocese that includes Richland and Kennewick has coronavirus
The band plays on at a social distance in Richland
Tri-Cities schools wrestle with keeping teachers safe and kids learning at a distance
2 more coronavirus cases reported in Tri-Cities area. Both are in Franklin County
This Richland neighborhood is reaching out to keep people out of harm’s way of coronavirus
Strict limits for coronavirus testing in Tri-Cities. No drive-up option
Need a job? These Mid-Columbia businesses are hiring during coronavirus pandemic
Guest Opinion: 2020 Legislative Session: One unlike any other
Editorial: Don’t let Snake River dams be a coronavirus casualty. Call in to save them

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New legislation adds important security tool for schools

Washington Post
Senate leaders, Trump officials resume talks on stimulus bill
Democrats say bill doesn’t do enough to help households, health-care workers
The coronavirus isn’t alive. That’s why it’s so hard to kill.
U.S. surgeon general warns of worsening crisis as more states tell residents to stay home
Federal government prepares guidance for hospitals if they run out of supplies
Opinion: The GOP just smuggled another awful provision into the stimulus
Opinion: U.S. airlines don’t need a bailout to stay in business
Opinion: Can the coronavirus obliterate some Republican myths?
Fauci gets frank about Trump: ‘I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down’
Cuomo bets a gentler approach toward Trump will help New York get what it needs during pandemic
9 charts show why the economy is in such a scary spot
Trump activates National Guard in three states in response to coronavirus pandemic; Canadian Olympic Committee says it will not send team to Tokyo Games in 2020
The Daily 202: Trump leads from behind on the coronavirus, invoking federalism to excuse his dithering response
I’m about to deliver a baby in the middle of a pandemic. I’m not panicking — yet.
The Technology 202: President Trump unveils new supercomputing initiative to fight coronavirus
WeWork under pressure as more members contract coronavirus in co-working spaces

Yakima Herald Republic
Caring for the Yakima Valley’s homeless and poor during a public health crisis
Questions and answers about new coronavirus in the Yakima Valley
Virginia Mason Memorial calls on people to stay home after officials fail to act
Yakima mayor: ‘We are a community of character, compassion, and faith’
Yakima Health District issues stay-at-home-order Sunday night
Washington state campgrounds to close through April 30
Editorial: Hey, anti-vaxxers, are you ready to get your shots yet?


Real-time updates: 95 deaths among 1,996 coronavirus cases statewide
King County Metro and Sound Transit go fare-free amid coronavirus pandemic
Cancer patients turned away from surgeries as hospitals prepare for the worst
Lacey clinic opens drive-thru coronavirus testing site
Restaurant owners forced to get creative during coronavirus pandemic
Seattle woman with coronavirus warns others to abide social distancing guidelines
Trump activates emergency resources for Washington, California, New York
Skagit County investigating ‘cluster’ of coronavirus cases linked to a meeting
Everett mayor issues stay at home directive to help stop spread of coronavirus

Unlike Everett’s directive, violating Edmonds’ ‘stay at home’ order is a misdemeanor
WA National Guard says it’s not activated yet, despite Pres. Trump announcement
COVID-19 raises pressure on food banks like Northwest Harvest
Public transportation changes in response to steep ridership drop
Inslee naming retired vice admiral to direct state’s health system response
Washington campgrounds closing through end of April
Grocery stores are changing policies to comply with social distancing
Harborview Hall latest coronavirus recovery center
‘It’s the best place for a quarantine date’: Business booming at Bremerton’s drive-in theater
Coronavirus: Canada says it won’t send athletes to 2020 Olympic Games
Downtown Seattle Association pleads for federal help to save businesses
Department of Corrections to begin producing protective hospital gowns
Drive-thru coronavirus tests begin in Tacoma, but not for everyone
Gun sales spike in Snohomish County amid pandemic

Trump approves Washington’s major disaster declaration 
PNW coastal cities take matters into their own hands after thousands arrive on beaches
Report: Boeing worker in Everett dies of coronavirus
Local officials urge social distancing as trailheads, beaches swarm with people
32 victims infected in fast-spreading virus outbreak at Bellingham facility
Mukilteo manufacturer switches from making couches to surgical masks to help hospitals
Tesla donates 50,000 N95 masks to UW Medicine 

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Deparment hosts limited, drive-through coronavirus testing site
State epidemiologist: ‘Everybody’s in this really strange place right now’
No shelter-in-place order imminent in Washington, but more restrictions likely in future
How might the coronavirus outbreak affect Seattle real estate? Insiders weigh in.
Cut off from U.S. by land, Point Roberts figures out how to stay connected
Start of spring brings showers, sun breaks and most intense Puget Sound convergence zones
It’s not just nursing homes. Threat of coronavirus outbreak looms in other communal settings
Washington courts to limit in-person proceedings in response to coronavirus
Reykdal: School year likely won’t extend into July or August because of funding issues
Coronavirus appears in the homeless population

Stocks Fall Even After The Fed’s Latest Move
Live coverage: Coronavirus in Seattle and Washington state
Surgeon General Tells U.S.: ‘This Week It’s Going To Get Bad’
Life Care Center families still waiting on a response from state watchdog
Seattle cuts back on bus service starting today
Federal Reserve Unveils ‘Extensive New Measures’ To Bolster U.S. Economy
FACT CHECK: Trump Compares Defense Production Act To Nationalization
3 GOP Senators In Self-Quarantine Will Be Unable To Vote On Coronavirus Relief
Trump Urges Car Companies To Make Ventilators Without Imposing Defense Production Act
Parenting during a pandemic and remembering when I was a kid, when Mount St. Helens erupted
N95 masks spotted at Target in Seattle, and politicians swoop in divert them to hospitals
State epidemiologist: ‘Everybody’s in this really strange place right now’
U.S. Hospitals Prepare Guidelines For Who Gets Care Amid Coronavirus Surge
Nine crucial days: Without local medical staff help, Life Care had to wait on a federal strike team
Coronavirus Deaths Spike Abroad As New York City Becomes U.S. Virus Epicenter
Coronavirus Is Isolating Some Kids In Protective Care From Parents And Services

NW Public Radio
Yakima County Gets Stay-At-Home Order As President Trump Declares Emergency For Washington
How Some Northwest School Districts Are Feeding Students During Coronavirus Closure
Confronting Coronavirus: How Social Distancing Helps Save Lives
‘Everybody’s In This Really Strange Place Right Now,’ Says Washington’s Top Infectious Disease Doctor

Q13 TV (Fox)
95 dead, nearly 2,000 coronavirus cases reported in Washington state
President Trump approves ‘major disaster’ declaration for Washington state
State campgrounds closing through April 30
Beach communities concerned about crowds flocking to coastal towns amid coronavirus outbreak


Civic Skunkworks
Coronavirus Is Causing an Economic Collapse. Fixing It Will Be the Fight of Our Lives.

‘It’s killing me’: Families anguish as coronavirus restricts hospital visits
Opinion: Washington state’s other epidemic: Mass incarceration

Seattle P.I.
Aquariums, zoos: All of Seattle’s fun livestreams to watch during coronavirus social distancing
‘Extreme frenzy’: Seattle housing market continues to see low inventory, more sales

Just Kidding, Seattle: Trump Will Send the USNS Mercy to Los Angeles
A Message to the City from Cookie Couture
On Second Thought, Please Don’t Go Hiking
Slog AM: More Warnings About Seattle Parks, Boeing’s First Coronavirus Death, and Concern About Trump’s “Destructive” Daily Briefings
Breaking Coronavirus News: State Death Toll Reaches 95, Harvey Weinstein Has Coronavirus in Prison
One of the World’s Best Restaurants Is Using Their Kitchen to Feed Hospital Workers
Seattle Announces Rent Assistance for Some Arts Organizations
COVID-19 Could Throw a Wrench in a Tax Amazon Initiative