Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, May 28

Auburn Mountain View Cemetery Manager Craig Hudson, center, confers with maintenance workers David Partridge, left, and Zach Hopper in March 2020. Sound Publishing file photo

State allows weddings, funerals, religious services to restart with restrictions
Weddings, funerals and religious services can restart in a limited fashion across Washington state with new guidelines issued May 27 by Gov. Jay Inslee. Up to 100 people will be allowed to congregate on the grounds of churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship for services, nuptials and funerals, according to the new guidance. Continue reading at The Auburn Reporter. (Sound Publishing)

In this March 8, 2019 photo, Rambo Islas, 8 months, is held by his mother Maria Islas, as he gets a vaccine shot administered by RN Nicole Ives at the Dallas County Health & Human Services immunization clinic in Dallas. (Vernon Bryant / Dallas Morning News)

Washington state officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
The Washington State Department of Health has observed a significant drop in the number of children being vaccinated over the past two months. State health experts say children still need vaccines on time, even during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Vernon Bryant)

This image from video, provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at New York’s Central Park. (Christian Cooper/AP)

Public outrage, legislation follow calls to police about black people
As she confronted the birdwatcher who asked her to leash her dog in Central Park, Amy Cooper never hurled racist slurs. She didn’t assault the black man, Christian Cooper, who was filming the interaction. She didn’t assault his property. The damage that Cooper, a white investment banker, threatened was implied: that the police would not respond in his favor because of his race. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Christian Cooper)


Associated Press
Fourth child in Washington has coronavirus-related illness
Boeing cuts 12,000 jobs, resumes production of grounded jet
Washington issues new guidelines for religious services
Washington officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Violent protests rock Minneapolis for 2nd straight night
Trump preparing order targeting social media protections
Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have
Patrons under plastic: Restaurants get creative in virus era
Fruit plant CEO: Company could have done more amid outbreak
COVID-19: Washington approves 3 more counties for phase 2
Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed US-Canada border
Lawsuit claims Kent police violated policy in shooting death
Virus outbreak at unnamed business could disrupt reopening
Companies unveil plans to resume river cruises on US waters

Aberdeen Daily World
Pacific County courthouse, offices to reopen in June
Westport charter boat operations to resume Thursday, with restrictions
Lady Grace coming out of the Hoquiam River in pieces
Commentary: Trump doesn’t like mail-in voting, but it’s not his call

Auburn Reporter
State allows weddings, funerals, religious services to restart with restrictions
Emergency rules allow L&I to fine businesses violating governor’s orders

Bainbridge Island Review
No new cases of COVID in Kitsap County Wednesday

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coronavirus deaths top 100,000 in United States. ‘Too big for us to comprehend’
These are the additional steps Whatcom County is taking to move into Phase 2
Washington businesses face $10,000 fines, closure for not following coronavirus rules
Washington Parks waive visitor passes during three free days in June
Rare gray orca, Tl’uk, spotted with transient pod in Bellingham Bay Tuesday
Murder hornets lurking on Washington trails? State officials set the record straight
Coronavirus updates: Relief concert features Seattle stars; workers get federal grants
Washington state reports 225 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths Wednesday
Tri-City area child hospitalized with severe illness linked to COVID
Watch: Gov. Inslee update on Washington state COVID-19 response at 2:30 p.m.
Task force on missing Native Americans resumes sessions
Bothell Reporter
Emergency rules allow L&I to fine businesses violating governor’s orders
State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

Capital Press
Wildfire dilemma: Changes ahead in how the West’s forests are managed

In Our View: Unemployment benefits fraud requires action
In Our View: Crisis reflects shortcoming of U.S. government

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing cutting more than 12,000 jobs with layoffs, buyouts
Under new rules, you will no longer have to pray in your car
Registration open for drive-thru virus testing in Snohomish
WaPo commentary: What Twitter’s fact-check on Trump means
WaPo commentary: Trump doesn’t just violate norms; he weaponizes them

Federal Way Mirror
By the numbers: How is COVID-19 affecting Federal Way?
Federal Way Food Bank serves nearly 600 new families during pandemic
Walk the (virtual) walk: FWPS seniors participate in pandemic-friendly graduation

The Inlander
Knowledge is Power: Researching the coronavirus pandemic
Many rural hospitals have avoided a crush of COVID-19 patients, but they say preparation and lessons from Seattle were key

Issaquah Reporter
Group launches All In Wa fund to raise $65M for COVID-19 crisis relief

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ways to keep kids occupied this summer
New pumpout stations expand options for boaters

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Rebuilding America: How local retail stores are bouncing back as the state slowly reopens
Kitsap health district plans to submit reopening application Wednesday evening
Lessons learned: 5 things the shipyard learned that can help businesses reopen
Coronavirus pandemic transforming Olympic College’s delivery of instruction, culture
Temperature checks and closed waiting rooms: How medicine is changing as health offices reopen
What will entertainment look like in Kitsap if people can’t gather?

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tri-City area child diagnosed with rare COVID-related illness. Just 4th in the state
Rare gray orca, Tl’uk, spotted with transient pod in Bellingham Bay Tuesday

New York Times
China approves plan to rein in Hong Kong, defying worldwide outcry
The World Is Still Far From Herd Immunity for Coronavirus
Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 40 Million U.S. Workers Filed for Unemployment Benefits Since Start of Pandemic
Defying Trump, Twitter Doubles Down on Labeling Tweets
A New Entry in the Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine: Hope
Hunger Program’s Slow Start Leaves Millions of Children Waiting
Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies’ Protections

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County residents required to wear masks in public starting Thursday
Thurston Public Health investigating COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facility
Gov. Inslee details how Washington state‘s religious congregations can begin to meet
Coronavirus updates: Property manager to pay tenants nearly $300K; state reaches 20,406 cases
With state’s OK, Thurston County moves to Phase 2 of re-opening. Here’s what that means

Peninsula Daily News
State approves three more counties for Phase 2
Washington colleges, universities brace for big budget hit
Clallam County approves Phase 2 plan
Federal emergency food, shelter funds available in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
A math error may explain why many PPP loans will fall short of forgiveness. But there are fixes.
Executive order is expected to curtail protections for social media companies
US jobless claims top 40m as economy struggles to reopen
‘Just sitting in Limbo.’ For many professionals, careers are on hold.
Should the child care industry get a bailout?
Shuttle companies brace for hit from telecommuting policies

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Half of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Washington are in people under 40
Washington houses of worship allowed to hold services under Inslee’s coronavirus guidance plan
Seattle officials feud over the future of tent encampments during coronavirus pandemic
Man arrested in coronavirus-related bias incident
New weekly jobless claims in Washington fall sharply in wake of coronavirus fraud revelations
New UW center bankrolled by Microsoft aims to make technology more accessible to disabled people
Despite pandemic, region’s pending home sales outrun last year’s level
Property manager will pay tenants nearly $300K in state’s first coronavirus eviction moratorium lawsuit
Boeing restarts production of the still-grounded 737 MAX amid coronavirus-caused financial distress
Boeing to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Washington, more than 12,000 overall
Enjoy Thursday’s sun while it lasts: We’re in for a wet weekend
LA Times: Family separation returns, under cover of the coronavirus
Editorial: Our state needs to improve COVID spending transparency to increase public trust

Skagit Valley Herald
Housing Authority working on Mount Vernon project
Skagit Transit, Safeway team up for food drive
Anacortes weathering drop in sales tax revenue amid pandemic
Swinomish casino to reopen

Spokesman Review
Restrictions loosened on religious services in Spokane, other Phase 2 counties
More than a quarter of Spokane County child care centers are temporarily closed – and many are wondering how they’ll reopen
Group says pandemic’s effects have cost Spokane County $21 million in lost tourism revenue
Washington state officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
Editorial: Outside View: Special session must be handled with care (Stonier)

Tri-City Herald
Tri-City area child hospitalized with severe illness linked to COVID
3 more coronavirus deaths in Tri-Cities area for total of 81
Richland coronavirus cases jumped 15% in a week. Here’s how each city is doing
COVID outbreak at Connell prison infects 12 inmates and 4 staff
Editorial: State officials are scheduled for a raise. Now is not the time to keep it 

USA Today
Rebuilding America: What will health care look like after COVID-19?
2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Wearing a mask should not be linked to politics

Washington Post
Embracing a new reality: Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realize you’re sick. Here’s how.
Protests over death of George Floyd continue to roil Minneapolis and beyond
Police chiefs react with disgust to Minneapolis death, try to reassure their own cities
Researchers ponder why covid-19 appears more deadly in the U.S. and Europe than in Asia
Breaking precedent, White House won’t release formal economic projections this summer
Op-Ed: These two story lines about black men will be in conversation with each other forever
Public outrage, legislation follow calls to police about black people (Valdez)
Arizona sues Google over smartphone tracking

Yakima Herald Republic
As Yakima County adds 129 new COVID-19 cases, health officials urge people to begin wearing masks in public
High school commencement plans in Yakima Valley remain in flux
Fruit packing house strikes continue; state releases new guidance for agricultural employers
CWU to run an accelerated fall schedule; faculty will have option of teaching in person or online


Real-time updates: Fourth case of rare child illness linked to COVID-19 reported in Washington
Phases of reopening: Half of Washington’s counties enter Phase 2
Edmonds city workers get paid to not work, collect hazard pay from home
Gov. Inslee allows religious services to resume in Washington with restrictions
Businesses hopeful for a turnaround as Kitsap County applies for Phase 2

Unemployed workers demand a timeline for payments to be released as state clarifies overpayment notices
Gov. Inslee eases restrictions on religious gatherings
Olympia restaurants reopen under Phase 2
Hundreds of nursing homes, high-risk facilities to get PPE from FEMA
41 million in U.S. have lost jobs since virus hit, but layoffs slow
2.1 million more Americans file jobless claims
Ballard bias crime suspect has history of targeting Asians; mental health history
Thurston County issues directive requiring face coverings

Business owners at a loss over potentially missing Phase 2 deadline
‘I’m not a racist man:’ Wrestling coach’s social media post defends Minneapolis police
Advocates push for more relief, moratorium on evictions as June rent payment approaches
‘I am so happy:’ Kittitas, Thurston join more Washington counties re-opening for business

Washington issues new guidelines for religious services
LISTEN: Pierce County mayors say ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ in phased reopening of economy
Parts of Washington state are seeing record high unemployment rates

Seattle man spikes fever after second dose of trial coronavirus vaccine
Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Washington state
40.8 Million Out Of Work In The Past 10 Weeks — 26% Of Labor Force
‘Feels Very Anticlimatic’: Seniors Reflect On Ending High School Amid The Pandemic
West Seattle residents feel like castaways. Metro wants to rescue them.
COVID-19 Has Killed Close To 300 U.S. Health Care Workers, New Data From CDC Shows
Religious, spiritual services allowed to continue in person as Washington state counties reopen
‘We All Feel At Risk’: 100,000 People Dead From COVID-19 In The U.S.
Medical Groups Ask FDA To Ease Access To Abortion Pill During The Pandemic
Boeing Cuts More Than 12,000 Jobs Due To Drop In Air Travel
Surveillance Bill Once Again Tripped Up With New Opposition From Justice Department
Why Parts Of Rural America Are Pushing Back On Coronavirus Restrictions
Survey Shows Big Remote Learning Gaps For Low-Income And Special Needs Children

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee issues guidance on resuming religious gatherings – including weddings and funerals
Some faith leaders hesitant to rush into governor’s new guidelines
Thurston, Kittitas and Walla Walla counties approved for Phase 2 reopening
Boeing to restart 737 MAX production, layoff thousands
Olympia plans to close downtown streets to expand social distancing space for dining, retail
Washington officials report drop in childhood vaccinations
Man arrested following rash of verbal attacks on Asians in Seattle
Latest data shows Snohomish County with highest unemployment rate in Washington
Dozen inmates positive for coronavirus at Washington prison


WA churches make do praying in cars amid Trump’s push to reopen
Opinion: Washington’s uphill battle to get back to work
Opinion: Public health cynics hated pandemic interventions in 1918, too

My Ballard
Seattle officials delay vote on restricting encampment removals during pandemic

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Seattle launches online marketplace to help people, businesses find masks for purchase
Imposter fraud slowing unemployment payments

The Logic of Letting Seattle Restaurants Expand Into Sidewalks and Streets
Opinion: Obama’s Economic Advisor Is Wrong: There Is No Chance the Economy Will Rebound at Warp Speed
Opinion: Trump Says He Wants to Regulate Twitter, Will Probably Forget About It in 15 Seconds

West Seattle Blog
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