Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 1

Western Safety Products in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood is one of the five Washington businesses that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says sold coronavirus related items at inflated prices on Amazon.

Washington state attorney general warns 5 businesses to stop coronavirus price-gouging of sanitizer, masks on Amazon
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sent “cease and desist” letters to five Washington businesses, ordering them to stop selling protective masks, hand sanitizer and similar items at vastly inflated prices through Amazon.com, or face lawsuits and fines. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

In this March 19, 2020, photo, Carol Talkington helps Terri Bonasso tape a notice on the emergency room door following a vigil at the closing of the Fairmont Regional Medical Center in Fairmont, W.Va. The coronavirus pandemic couldn't come at a worse time for communities trying to cope after a wave of hospital shutdowns across the rural United States.

Model shows April 19 peak for virus in Washington state
As the coronavirus spread across the United States, workers at the lone hospital in one Alabama county turned off beeping monitors for good and padlocked the doors, making it one of the latest in a string of nearly 200 rural hospitals to close nationwide. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (TIMES-WEST VIRGINIAN VIA AP TAMMY SHRIVER)

The USS Carl Vinson in dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as seen from Port Orchard on Wednesday, Feb. 12. 2020.

Navy barred by Pentagon from disclosing coronavirus cases while carrier outbreak continues
BREMERTON — Kitsap’s military installations, including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, have been barred from disclosing cases of novel coronavirus within their ranks and workforces, even as dozens of new cases spread aboard a deployed aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Continue reading at Kitsap Sun. (Photo: Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)


Associated Press
What you need to do to get your government stimulus check
Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following guidelines
Stocks skid worldwide as coronavirus infections keep soaring
Coast Guard: Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard
Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus
Model shows April 19 peak for virus in Washington state
Captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt seeks crew isolation as virus spreads
‘I heard the roar’: 6.5 earthquake hits Idaho
Rural areas fear spread of virus as more hospitals close
Small tornado touches down in southeastern Washington
Washington statewide snowpack 104% of normal as of March 30
Asian stocks fall on lagging worries about virus, recession
Virus data: What’s known and not known about China’s numbers
Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
April 1, rent’s due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak
Hospital closures complicate coronavirus care in rural areas
Washington AG warns against virus-related price gouging
At the state level, no shortage of COVID-19 policies or spats
Hospitals tell doctors they’ll be fired if they speak out about lack of gear

Aberdeen Daily World
Second positive COVID-19 result announced in Grays Harbor County
Pacific County: 55 COVID-19 tests adminstered, none positive
Local foundations help with purchase of 10 ventilators at GHCH
Seabrook Foundation buys ventilators, teams with eateries to feed the North Beach
Retroactive unemployment payments ensure full benefits for eligible Washingtonians
Social distancing may have helped West Coast slow the virus and avoid New York’s fate

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Lummi announces 1 more positive test for coronavirus, as total for tribe rises to 17
Bellingham police say their role is to educate during coronavirus ‘Stay Home’ order
Whatcom Council creates emergency response fund for coronavirus, puts in $1.5 million
Second WCC Health Professions Education Center employee tests positive for coronavirus
Shuksan Healthcare Center announces another resident dies from coronavirus Monday
19 Whatcom residents test positive for coronavirus, health department says Tuesday
Bellingham suspends plastic shopping bag ban over coronavirus fears
State health officer apologizes for delay in COVID-19 data posting
Earthquake shakes Boise with 6.5 magnitude that could be Idaho’s second-strongest ever
Think it’s been cold and rainy lately? Here’s what forecasters are saying
Whatcom Walmart takes coronavirus health steps, unemployment benefits retroactive
Bellingham hospital receives donation of hand-sewn masks to aid in coronavirus fight
Coronavirus updates: Scammers targeting stimulus payments, Washington residents warned
Some spring hunting canceled in Washington because of coronavirus
Walmart to check workers for fever before starting shifts; gloves and masks on the way
Coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death in the US, doctor says
A third of small businesses say they won’t survive 3 months, coronavirus survey finds
Trump extends coronavirus safety guidelines as advisers predict soaring US death tollBellingham mayor asks residents to ‘skip the trip’
‘A war against everyone.’ What to know about young people who have died from COVID-19
Coronavirus pandemic could increase food waste, experts say. How can we stop it?
Is 6 feet far enough? Study suggests coronavirus can leap the social distancing gap
National Parks are crowded despite coronavirus. Park workers want them to shut down
Trump eases pollution rules for cars, setting up showdown with California
Bothell Reporter
State lawmakers discuss COVID-19 impacts with chambers (Billig, Springer)

Capital Press
Coronavirus shears sheep industry
Egg prices surge as demand spikes
Judge again dismisses federal labor complaint against Washington farms
Farm Bureau: WDFW should let ranchers see where wolves are

Volley of Washington, Oregon orders like ‘policy pingpong’

The Daily News
Law enforcement adjusts to coronavirus changes
Cowlitz County coronavirus response team unveils new website
“People need to say goodbye:” Funeral homes adapt during pandemic

The Daily World
Bill gives nod to forest products business for carbon storage  (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett hockey arena opens as COVID-19 quarantine center
Muhlstein: Final farewells continue, but few are allowed to say goodbye
Ferguson calls out price gouging by online sellers
Inslee signs transportation budget, with car tabs in mind
Weeks after schools close, some are logging back in to learn
Uncharted territory: The questions for businesses are many
WaPo: Commentary: Save small businesses with your small gesture

Federal Way Mirror
Fighting the coronavirus, 100 masks at a time
Closures of city-owned facilities extended

Issaquah Reporter
County Council approves $2.2M for emergency childcare
Retroactive unemployment payments ensure full benefits for eligible Washingtonians
State attorney general warns to beware of scams related to stimulus checks

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Four cases in the islands and more restrictions added
Health insurers ordered to expand telehealth, testing coverage and extend premium grace periods
Washington Campgrounds to Close Through April 30

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Navy barred by Pentagon from disclosing coronavirus cases while carrier outbreak continues
‘People want to feel like they are doing something’: Sewers provide handmade face masks to frontline health workers
Galleries offer ‘virtual’ First Friday

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Amid Growing Financial Fears, Washington Weighs a Jobs Program
If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Assume You Have the Illness, Even if You Test Negative
Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders
Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen, Trump Decides
White House Economists Warned in 2019 a Pandemic Could Devastate America
At the Top of the Covid-19 Curve, How Do Hospitals Decide Who Gets Treatment?
The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

Olympian (subscription required)
Coronavirus updates: Plasma donors sought among recovered patients
Earthquake shakes Boise with 6.5 magnitude that could be Idaho’s second-strongest ever
Inslee urges firms to help homeowners unable to make mortgage payments
Thurston County announces 5 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, total now 48
National Guard to be deployed ‘soon’ in Pierce County as part of state coronavirus response
Lewis County now has 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19
Volume of coronavirus test results strains Washington’s data reporting system; fix in works

Peninsula Daily News
COVID-19 curbs put Field Hall work on hold
Applications taken now for COVID-19 Relief Fund grants
State to get nearly $3 billion from virus stimulus bill

Puget Sound Business Journal
Ride the Ducks of Seattle files for Chapter 7, shutters permanently
Banks stand to make billions from US small business rescue
Airlines refuse to collect passenger data that could aid coronavirus fight
Trump calls new fuel economy rule a boon. Some experts see steep costs.
T-Mobile formally requests $23B in loans to complete Sprint merger
April rent is due, and it’s not going to be pretty
Seventeen Seattle-area companies report more than 2,000 layoffs in a week
Insole makers pivot to become respirator mask producers in one week
As hotels plead for ‘second’ stimulus, Seattle stares down $1.6B in likely loan defaults
Virus prompts workplace protests over health concerns

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Flood of coronavirus data overwhelms state’s disease-reporting system, leading to lag in data
How and where to be tested for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — and who qualifies
Limited testing in senior care facilities in Washington leaves them ‘flying in the dark’ against coronavirus
Westneat: End of the republic? We’re No. 1 in voter turnout — for a reason the president thinks is ‘crazy.’
Gas sales plummet as coronavirus spreads — but pump prices are slow to drop 
Hourly Amazon workers, fearing coronavirus risks, wonder why they must staff empty office buildings
Our air quality is improving as most people stay home. But will it actually help with global warming?
State attorney general warns 5 businesses to stop coronavirus price-gouging of sanitizer, masks on Amazon
The Seattle area’s blood supply is OK for now but will thin out soon due to coronavirus isolation
Bellevue dentist accused of setting fire to medical gowns and masks in attempt to burn down his office
‘We’ve seen people start to relapse’: How addiction recovery gets harder in coronavirus isolation
Authorities warn Washingtonians of scams related to coronavirus stimulus checks
Op-Ed: With coronavirus, prison and jail sentences could become death sentences
Editorial: A good step toward reuniting foster children and birthparents (Callan)
Editorial: Doctor’s firing in coronavirus crisis shows a failure of corporate medicine

Seattle Weekly
Enumclaw Rehab center a hotbed for coronavirus
Editorial: Thank you grocery store clerks
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths

Skagit Valley Herald
Lawsuit filed to protect wolverines
Skagit Regional Health expecting big financial hit

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital mitigating pandemic at home

Spokesman Review
COVID-19 increasing in Washington, including ‘very concerning’ outbreaks in 108 long-term care facilities
Eviction or reprieve? Some who can stay in homes believe they’re on the brink of homelessness
Decision on extending stay home order, activating National Guard expected ‘in day or so’
White House projects up to 240,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths
Spokane-area banks offering unemployed workers mortgage, loan payment deferments
Spokane Amazon ‘hustler’ among online sellers accused of price-gouging COVID-19 supplies
6.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Idaho felt in Spokane
Shawn Vestal: NC sophomore puts 3D printer to work making protective masks (Riccelli)
Opinion: Economy will not survive long shutdown

Tri-City Herald
Rare tornado touches down near Richland
$100,000 donation to feed the Tri-Cities hungry during coronavirus pandemic
6th coronavirus death in Tri-Cities. Cases climb to 167
Scam alert: Tri-Citians warned to keep an eye out for these coronavirus-related frauds
Help for Tri-Cities cancer patients, seniors, hairdressers and others
Coronavirus ‘victory gardens’ sprouting in Tri-Cities. People rush to raise chicks and food
Editorial: Benton, Franklin counties should delay property taxes because of coronavirus

USA Today
Trump warns of ‘very painful’ time as aides predict US coronavirus death toll could reach 240,000
Coronavirus for kids without internet: Quarantined worksheets, learning in parking lots

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Deadly choir practice is cautionary tale

Washington Post
Here’s how to get a small business loan under the $349 billion coronavirus aid bill
Task force paints grim picture of U.S. death toll in coming weeks
Trump projects up to 240,000 will succumb, even with mitigation
Tourists brought prosperity to an Idaho ski valley. They also brought covid-19.
New CDC data shows danger of coronavirus for those with diabetes, heart or lung disease, other chronic conditions
It’s April 1 — here’s what you need to know about paying your rent or mortgage
U.S. military puts Korean workers on unpaid leave as talks over costs continue
How the NFL’s new labor deal came together
Blood banks narrowly averted a supply crisis. But they’re ‘worried about four weeks from now.’
Testing coronavirus survivors’ blood could help reopen U.S.
The Technology 202: Mask scams and misinformation still present on social media despite tougher policies
Mass school closures in the wake of the coronavirus are driving a new wave of student surveillance

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima nursing homes get creative to keep residents and families connected despite coronavirus
Coronavirus update: 202 cases of COVID-19, but total is likely higher
Mandatory? Graded? Analog or online? What home-based learning means for Yakima students
Local law enforcement quashes rumors about coronavirus enforcement


Real-time updates: Everett arena opens as coronavirus quarantine site Wednesday
Concerns about rent and mortgage payments during coronavirus crisis in Washington
Wineries join distilleries in making hand sanitizer for first responders
Furloughed or laid off? What’s the difference?
Kroger to give “hero bonus” to frontline workers

Department of Health reports coronavirus data glitches as Army sets up shop
A possible treatment: Researchers looking for COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma
Gov. Inslee preparing to deploy National Guard to help fight COVID-19
Costco limits how many people can enter store on one membership card
Survivors at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak
Hundreds laid off as coronavirus shutdown costs Metro Parks Tacoma millions in lost revenue
Restaurant teams up with community to feed medical workers, first responders
Angel of the Winds Arena becomes Snohomish County’s first coronavirus isolation site
DSHS buys Seattle nursing home to treat coronavirus-negative patients
Washington State Ferries worker dies from complications related to coronavirus
AG Ferguson warns of scams related to stimulus checks

Washington National Guard called up to help with COVID-19 response
Virus deaths hit 225 in Washington as glitches plague statewide reporting system
Coronavirus outbreak to peak in Washington in three weeks, health officials say
COVID-19 death toll may be higher than first projected, UW researchers warn
Debate stirs over healthy people using masks to prevent coronavirus
CenturyLink Field gets ready to host new field hospital amid COVID-19 crisis
COVID-19 crisis: State’s mortgage payers to get help but renters may be out of luck
Portland researchers seek FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccine trial
Bellevue dentist accused of torching boxes of medical masks, gear 

Isolated but not alone: Nurses help coronavirus patient say goodbye, offer comfort to the end
Local nonprofits help undocumented immigrants with rental and food assistance
State prepared to enforce social-distancing mandates as it receives calls about scofflaws

A caravan protests outside the Tacoma immigrant detention center
28 College Students Who Chartered A Spring Break Plane To Mexico Now Have Coronavirus
Photos: CenturyLink transforms into a military field hospital
COVID-19 testing is accelerating in Washington. So is the need
Feds Warn Merchants Not Make Coronavirus Treatment Claims
Justice Department Looking Into Senator’s Stock Sell-Off
READ: White House Presentation Warning Of At Least 100,000 Projected Deaths In U.S.
Prisoners Across Country Will Be Confined For 14 Days To Cut Coronavirus Spread
Coronavirus Lockdown Sends Migrant Workers On A Long And Risky Trip Home
March 31st | Is what we’re doing working? Social distancing, by the numbers.
Should We All Be Wearing Masks In Public? Health Experts Revisit The Question
‘Difficult and frustrating’: Home schooling in Washington when you have no home
HHS To Help Companies Develop COVID-19 Vaccines
Economy On Lockdown: Jobless Rate Could Be Highest Since WWII
Vulnerable jail inmates are in solitary for ‘social distancing and infection prevention’ in King County
Average Gas Prices Are Below $2. A Few Stations Are Even Selling For Under $1
Clinical Trials Set To Determine If Anti-Malaria Drug Effective Against COVID-19
Justice Department IG Finds Widespread Problems With FBI’s FISA Applications

NBC Right Now
New lawz address vehicle emissions, guns at child care facilities  (Wilson)

NW Public Radio
Washington National Guard Likely To Take More Active Support Role, But Not In Order Enforcement
Models Of Epidemic Predict 100K To 200K U.S. Deaths; Scientists Hope For Better Outcome
Should We All Be Wearing Masks In Public? Health Experts Revisit The Question

Q13 TV (Fox)
Trump: ‘Very painful 2 weeks’ ahead as White House projects 100K to 240K total US deaths from COVID-19
250-bed Army field hospital could open next week in Seattle
‘Mom, it’s OK for you to go’: Nurse helps Renton woman say goodbye to her dying mother via FaceTime
Report: CDC may urge Americans to wear face masks in public to stop spread of virus
Worried about paying rent? Rental assistance is available for many in Washington
UW model shows April 19 peak for coronavirus in Washington state
Washington AG warns against virus-related price gouging
CAPTURED: DOC officers arrest prolific offender David Hablewitz in Magonolia


How you can help people in need during coronavirus
National Forest trailheads close after ‘stay-at-home’ prompts rush to the outdoors
Looking to volunteer during the COVID-19 crisis? Be a Neighbor can help

Seattle P.I.
Coronavirus updates: DOH delays daily confirmed cases; White House projects over 100K deaths
Have questions about coronavirus? Experts from Swedish in Seattle answer
Report: Seattle is one of top US metros investing in new housing, pacing behind Portland

Here’s How Many Landlords Are in the Washington Legislature (Macri, Hudgins, Kilduff, Kuderer, Ryu, Das, Morgan, Goodman, Davis, Liias, Randall, Fitzgibbon, Walen, Frame, Chopp, Gregerson, Cody, Doglio, Mullet)
Seattle’s City Council Wants Rent and Mortgage Relief, But Payment Is Still Due
Breaking Coronavirus Updates: Watch Out for Stimulus Scams, We Could Always Use More Blood
Health Experts Call on Inslee to Investigate COVID Conditions at Northwest Detention Center
The First Thing That Can Save Us From a Depression Is a 180-Day Moratorium on All Rent and Mortgages
Meghan McCain Rails Against Jeff Bezos, Says Essential Workers “Should Have Their Pay Doubled”

South Seattle Emerald
Opinion: Now is the Time To End Private Prisons in Washington State (Saldaña, Gregerson, Ortiz-Self)