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Friday, March 27

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif.

House debates $2.2T virus relief bill amid last-minute snag
With exceptional resolve in an extraordinary time, the House on Friday debated a $2.2 trillion package tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic, even as one maverick Republican threatened leaders’ plans for swift passage. Democratic and Republican leaders were working in tandem and hoping to quickly pass the measure by voice vote to accommodate members scattered around the country and reluctant to risk flying back to the Capitol. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Gov. Jay Inslee discusses the COVID-19 pandemic

Inslee: Stay-at-home orders must continue to completely eliminate COVID-19
The curve of COVID-19 cases is slowing, but that just means Washingtonians need to continue with the “stay home, stay healthy” order Gov. Jay Inslee announced March 23. That was a key message during the governor’s press conference on March 26. Continue reading at Seattle Weekly. (Screenshot)


Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for virus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first leader of a major nation to contract COVID-19, but he insisted Friday that he remains in charge of the U.K.’s response to the outbreak. Two of Johnson’s top aides in the fight against the virus — his health secretary and top medical adviser — also said they had the disease. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)


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Associated Press
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for virus
House debates $2.2T virus relief bill amid last-minute snag
Couples in quarantine: Stress, anxiety, fear of the unknown
In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds
U.S. hospitals rush to find beds for surge of virus patients
Highlights of Congress’ $2.2 trillion virus relief package
Flatter or fight? Governors seeking help must navigate Trump
US hospitals rush to find beds for surge of virus patients
Seattle transit authority sues Microsoft over land dispute
2 virus-vulnerable detainees released from immigration jail

Aberdeen Daily World
Bill gives nod to forest products business for carbon storage (Tharinger, Chapman, Van de Wege)
GHC classes will happen at a distance spring quarter
101 construction halted for now due to COVID-19 safety concerns

The Daily Evergreen
Opinion: Sex ed must be taught earlier (Stonier, Walen)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Food banks are making adjustments to meet growing demand
Trump stops deal for Bothell’s Ventec to produce ventilators
Governor says he could extend the two-week stay-home order
Tulalip Tribes join the call for residents to stay home
Need for blood donations grows
Staffing and print changes: The Herald’s outbreak response
Commentary: Local journalism needs coronavirus stimulus, too
Editorial: Covid-19 threatens census; you can help fix that

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way restaurants struggle to survive amid COVID-19 outbreak

Islands’ Weekly
Third positive COVID-19 test result is on Lopez

Issaquah Reporter
Inslee: Stay-at-home orders must continue to completely eliminate COVID-19
FAQ about enforcement of Governor’s Executive Order | State Patrol
State unemployment insurance applications jump 843 percent over previous week
King County and Seattle expand COVID-19 emergency shelter and housing response

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Third positive COVID-19 test result is on Lopez

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bag bans lifted across Kitsap as grocery stores work to keep employees healthy
Graham: Golf clubs ace decision to close down
Worker at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard tests positive for coronavirus
Poulsbo man used 3-D printer to make critical protective gear. Then, the Navy joined in.
A harsh reality for health care workers to admit
Could optimism increase your risk for COVID-19?
20 tips for teaching from home as we work to stem the tide of coronavirus
The coronavirus test that wasn’t: How federal health officials misled state scientists and derailed the best chance at containment
Coronavirus live updates: House set to vote on stimulus; US has most cases in the world; Boris Johnson tests positive

New York Times
After Considering $1 Billion Price Tag for Ventilators, White House Has Second Thoughts
Coronavirus Live Updates: House Vote on $2 Trillion in Relief May Face Delay; Boris Johnson Tests Positive
Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientists
E.P.A., Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia City Council takes action on multiple fronts to provide financial relief
Coronavirus updates: Unemployment claims soar in Pierce County
Coronavirus deaths reach 147 in Washington state Thursday as confirmed cases climb to 3,207
British prime minister tests positive for coronavirus
10 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Thurston County, pushing total to 24
Coronavirus stay-at-home order and business closures may be extended, Inslee says
While you’re in: Inspiration and distraction to keep you going when you can’t go out
Union demands protections after staff, patients fall ill with COVID-19 at Western State Hospital
Governor signs bill to ban single-use plastic bags statewide
COVID-19 triggers 843 percent spike in Washington jobless claims
More grocers add shields to help protect workers; reusable bags discouraged in Tacoma

Peninsula Daily News
Hospitals rush to find beds for surge of virus patients
WSDOT offers notices for virus changes
Virus shutdowns cause big spike in state jobless claims
Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed on Peninsula
Schools ordered to provide instruction by Monday
Many parks closed but trails open with cautions

Puget Sound Business Journal
Small businesses will get help paying workers, if they can wait
UW Medicine tests 2,000 COVID-19 kits per day. Here’s how they did it.
As they transport other ‘essential workers,’ how are bus drivers being protected from COVID-19?
Federal resources for small businesses

Renton Reporter
Inslee: Stay-at-home orders must continue to completely eliminate COVID-19
FAQ about enforcement of Governor’s Executive Order | State Patrol
State unemployment insurance applications jump 843 percent over previous week

Seattle Times (subscription required)
UW model says social distancing is starting to work — but still projects 1,400 coronavirus deaths in the state
Coronavirus testing troubles persist as patients are turned away, even as lab capacity in Seattle expands
Trump administration backs off a deal for Bothell’s Ventec and GM to produce ‘up to 20,000’ ventilators a month amid coronavirus crisis
Coronavirus crisis leaves food banks strapped while facing increased demand
Child care centers are essential to the economy. But can they survive the coronavirus pandemic?
West Seattle Bridge so badly cracked it needs shoring before repairs can begin, the city says
Washington’s jobless claims increase ninefold as coronavirus hammers economy
Business impacts of coronavirus leave Olympic Peninsula’s West End without a print newspaper
Meet the ‘relentless’ former Navy admiral leading Washington’s coronavirus health care response
‘It isn’t our normal way of working’: Coronavirus outbreak tests limits of remote work in Seattle area
Union demands more protection for Western State Hospital workers as coronavirus cases increase
The REAL ID compliance deadline for domestic travel has been extended through fall 2021 due to coronavirus
FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Bill
Op-Ed: Coronavirus: Remember students with disabilities in a time of crisis
Editorial: Rules required if Boeing needs coronavirus bailout
‘Loud. Insane. Fun.’ 20 years after its implosion, Seattle’s Kingdome will never be forgotten

Seattle Weekly
Inslee: Stay-at-home orders must continue to completely eliminate COVID-19
KCLS pivots to digital during coronavirus pandemic
King County suspends work release program
FAQ about enforcement of Governor’s Executive Order | State Patrol
State unemployment insurance applications jump 843 percent over previous week
King County and Seattle expand COVID-19 emergency shelter and housing response
90-year-old Life Care resident recovering after testing positive for COVID-19
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Skagit Valley Herald
Academy shutdown delays new officers
Tulip Town decides against vehicle tours
County gets $77,000 in COVID-19 funding

Tri-City Herald
Latest on Tri-Cities police plans to disperse crowds, coronavirus testing and generosity
Pasco shuts down playgrounds in measure to curb gathering and slow coronavirus
How the stimulus bill will help Hanford and PNNL workers during coronavirus shutdown
Unemployment soars with 4,118 claims filed by Benton, Franklin workers last week
Still need to fly? Airlines canceling Tri-Cities flights during coronavirus spread

USA Today
House debate begins on $2 trillion coronavirus package as lawmakers rush back to Washington – live updates

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Gov. Inslee signs bill allowing sports betting in Washington’s tribal casinos (Peterson)

Washington Post
The Postal Service was in trouble before COVID-19. Now it’s fighting for its life.
It was the worst week for the economy in decades. The pain is just beginning.
U.S. markets plunge deep into the red after 3 straight days of gains
British prime minister tests positive; U.S. has most confirmed cases
The dealmaker’s dealmaker: Mnuchin steps in as Trump’s negotiator, but the president’s doubts linger
Gouged prices and medical supply chaos: Why governors are so upset with Trump
Poll finds universal lifestyle changes, rising stress and growing fears about catching virus
Opinion: Covid-19 is probably seasonal, but that’s no reason to relax
Major cruise lines are out of stimulus package because they aren’t based in the U.S., industry group says
Johnson & Johnson bred ‘super poppy’ to make narcotics for popular opioid pills
Calculate how much you’ll get from the coronavirus checks
Stress-baking and hoarding leads to retail egg shortage
Where coronavirus outbreak started in Washington state, officials see hope as cases appear to be leveling off
Inslee clashes with Trump over his leadership on coronavirus aid: ‘We need a Tom Brady’
The Technology 202: Here’s how tech is keeping us sane while we stay home
In coronavirus clash with China, Trump chooses name-calling over leadership
‘I am so afraid’: Coronavirus isolation brings grave new hardships for the world’s poor
People in addiction treatment are losing crucial support during coronavirus pandemic
Men are getting sicker, dying more often of covid-19, Spain data shows
Why the coronavirus pandemic is a test Facebook can’t afford to fail
The Technology 202: State and local governments are asking technologists to aid coronavirus response

Yakima Herald Republic
Former Selah nursing home could be tapped as COVID-19 continues to spread in Yakima County
Yakima County sees second coronavirus death; cases rise to 66 Thursday
Editorial: Don’t wait to submit your census information

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
A ‘glimmer of hope’ as coronavirus infection rate in Washington state slows
Real-time updates: House expected to pass $2.2 trillion economic rescue package
$2 trillion coronavirus deal: Who will get stimulus checks and when?
Beloved Seattle restaurateur dies from coronavirus as her husband also battles the virus
5 things to know Friday about coronavirus in Washington
Washington unemployment claims spike 843% in one week
Suicide prevention a priority as coronavirus pandemic increases anxiety and stress
Lake Stevens assigns shopping days by last names to curb the spread of coronavirus
Seattle schools open childcare for medical staff and first-responders on coronavirus front lines

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Stay-at-home order could be extended; state working to keep health care system from being overwhelmed
Army surveys CenturyLink Field, fairgrounds for temporary hospital
Shutdown: Car dealers laying off workforce, urging governor to refine ‘essential business’
Retired admiral brings experience, tenacity to COVID-19 fight
Changes could be coming to how schools teach during closures
Local research center projects 1,429 coronavirus-related deaths in Washington by Aug. 4
Internationally-acclaimed Bothell distillery makes sanitizer for deputies, drivers
Tacoma homeless shelters move at-risk guests to hotel, school
Will I get pulled over or fined for being out during the stay-at-home order?

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Gov. Inslee: Statewide stay-home order may be extended to fight virus
CenturyLink Field considered as potential field hospital site
Seattle restaurants hit by thieves, vandals during coronavirus closures 
Virus death toll now 147 in Wash., with more than 3,200 confirmed cases
Washington receives 500,000 medical masks, 500 ventilators but still needs more equipment
Are gun shops ‘essential’ businesses during a pandemic?
Washington schools prepare learning opportunities for students at home
New pictures reveal cracking cement forcing closure of West Seattle Bridge

Q13 TV (Fox)
Struggling laid off local workers desperate for government relief to kick in
2 virus-vulnerable detainees released from immigration jail in Tacoma
Coronavirus stimulus FAQ: Who gets stimulus money? Will paper checks be issued? When will it come?
Community in Kent donates medical supplies to those on the front line of COVID-19
FBI warns of potential increased risk of child exploitation due to COVID-19 related school closures
COVID-19 in Washington: Links and resources to help you during coronavirus pandemic

Web

Crosscut
WWII-era ‘victory gardens’ make a comeback amid coronavirus
Labor tensions and coronavirus collide at Swedish Hospital ICU
Coronavirus could make fighting Washington wildfires harder

My Ballard
Restaurants can now sell alcohol with food pickups and deliveries

Slog
A Message to the City from Ken Jennings
Slog AM: Army Considers Seahawks Stadium for Field Hospital, Lake Stevens Innovates Its Social Distancing
Breaking Coronavirus Updates: The United States Has More Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Than Any Other Country in the World
Have Questions About Tenants Rights in Washington State During This COVID-19 Crisis? Watch This Q&A!
A “Glimmer of Hope” in Washington, But Stay-at-Home Order Could Be Extended
Even Meghan McCain Thinks We Need to “Start Easing Up” on Rents, Prevent Stock Buybacks, and Make Jeff Bezos Pay


Thursday, March 26

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., heads to a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pelosi forecasts House OK of Senate’s $2.2T virus aid plan
The House will give final approval Friday to the massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill with robust backing from both parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, a vote that would cap Congress’ tumultuous effort to rush the relief to a nation battered by the coronavirus. Pelosi spoke Thursday morning, just hours after the Senate used an overnight vote to approve the measure 96-0. With House members dispersed around the country, Pelosi and Republican leaders were planning to bless the measure by a voice vote, probably with just a sprinkling of lawmakers present in the chamber. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Susan Walsh)


Marc Shelffo runs Strength Over Speed (SOS), a crystal meth recovery support group for gay and nonbinary people and recently moved his meetings to online in response to COVID-19. (Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

Social distancing is hard, especially for people living with addiction and mental illness
When Marc Shelffo first heard Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate to limit gatherings and practice social distancing, he thought of his addiction support group. Shelffo runs Strength Over Speed (SOS), a crystal meth recovery support group for gay and nonbinary people. Members depend on the gatherings and the connections they’ve garnered through the group to get by. Social isolation is hard on anybody, but Shelffo says it’s particularly hard for people who rely on community for their health. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Dorothy Edwards)


Inslee signs the law repealing a Boeing tax break
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed legislation to repeal a tax break for the Boeing Co. on April 1 and not give it all back in the future. Senate Bill 6690 seeks to resolve an international trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union and prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the aerospace giant’s planes, its suppliers’ products and other Washington exports such as fruit, wine and seafood. Continue reading at The Everett Herald.


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Associated Press
Senate passes $2.2T coronavirus aid plan, House votes Friday
3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high 
Daily bread? In France, fighting virus 1 baguette at a time
Alaska announces new virus cases, most of them in Anchorage 
Rural America watches pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows
Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died 
In U.S. outbreak, rumors of martial law fly despite reassurances
US hospitals rush to find beds for surge of virus patients
WSU delays May commencement due to virus concerns
5 workers, 2 patients at psychiatric hospital have COVID-19
Wash. governor signs bill to ban single-use plastic bags
Washington governor signs bill allowing sports betting
Stocks rise sharply on Wall Street, heading for 3-day rally
Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began
Nearly half-million infected worldwide, economic toll rises
Virus shutdowns cause huge spike in WA jobless claims
Alaska Airlines cuts flights, pay due to coronavirus
U.S. jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs jump
Washington governor signs bill to ban single-use plastic bags

Aberdeen Daily World
Westport Shipyard terminates more than 300 employees due to coronavirus
Westport boat launch, other Port facilities closed to recreational use
Westport Winery pitches in to make hand sanitizer
Commentary: The stock market crashed five times before coronavirus. Those disasters can show us how to face this one
Coronavirus plea from Johns Hopkins: Please take social distancing seriously to save lives

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Coronavirus deaths reach 132 in Washington state Wednesday as confirmed cases climb to 2,580
Port of Bellingham closes some park, event areas to help stop spread of coronavirus
Two Whatcom residents test positive for coronavirus, Health Department says Wednesday
Bellingham hospital reports staff, supply resources ‘adequate’ to battle coronavirus
Whatcom County executive asks Inslee for state’s help to get more coronavirus test kits
Coronavirus update: Total of 5 employees test positive at Western State Hospital
Two Whatcom residents test positive for coronavirus, Health Department says Wednesday
Are people who are obese at higher risk of coronavirus? Here’s what experts say
What happens when state’s eviction moratorium ends?
Can mosquitoes and ticks spread the coronavirus? Here’s the latest from experts
In the age of COVID-19, the dead are going without funerals, memorials, cultural rituals
Why are Washington state breweries considered ‘essential’ during the coronavirus pandemic?
Coronavirus deaths reach 132 in Washington state Wednesday as confirmed cases climb to 2,580
Social distancing score card: Which Washington counties are doing the best?
Fishing temporarily banned in Washington state over coronavirus and crowded docks
Will coronavirus be a seasonal illness? Here’s what top health expert Fauci says
Here’s how to cancel or reschedule a federal tax payment if you’ve already e-filed
Washington state business owners now have a way to argue they’re ‘essential’ during COVID-19 outbreak

Bothell Reporter
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths

Capital Press
Farm groups say economic aid package needed
Stimulus package offers aid for livestock producers
Western water data coming to new online platform
It’s mint to be

Columbian
In Our View: Coronavirus outbreak dominates legislative session (Hobbs)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Plexiglass ‘sneeze shields’ coming to a supermarket near you
5 more Community Transit workers test positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 outbreak strikes 2 more long-term care facilities
Inslee signs the law repealing a Boeing tax break
With bill signed, sports betting is coming to tribal casinos (Peterson)
Inslee signs law allowing sharing of sales tax with tribes
Bloomberg: Comment: What we know should guide choices on risks we take
Harrop: Even when socially distant, we’re in this together
Where are the ample tests promised for Covid-19?

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Mirror to suspend print publication
KCLS pivots to digital during coronavirus pandemic
Legislators request unemployment assistance for independent contractors (Keiser, Sells, Jenkins, Billig)
Free meals for kids available at 8 additional Federal Way locations

The Inlander
For hundreds of thousands of Washington state workers, the governor’s orders mean unemployment

Islands’ Weekly
Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood amid COVID-19 concerns
Shoreline Master Program ordinance official comment period
San Juan County Health Officer issues order to prevent spread of COVID-19

Issaquah Reporter
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths
KCLS pivots to digital during coronavirus pandemic
King County suspends work release program
COVID-19 gathering restriction delays funerals

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Coping with COVID-19 anxiety and stress
San Juan County Health Officer issues order to prevent spread of COVID-19

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap small business owners search for assistance in wake of mandatory shutdown
Inslee suspends sections of open public meetings and records laws during outbreak
Kitsap County sets up two ‘recovery centers’ as it prepares for COVID-19 to hit the homeless
Washington golf courses ask Inslee for reprieve from potential shutdown
Initial jobless claims surged to record 3.3M last week as coronavirus takes heavy toll on economy
Pelosi says there will be a ‘strong bipartisan vote’ on coronavirus package, lays out priorities for future stimulus
Adoptions not ceasing at Kitsap Humane Society amid COVID-19
Senate passes historic $2 trillion stimulus package to curb effects of coronavirus

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Jobless Claims Are Highest Ever; House to Take Up $2 Trillion Stimulus
Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus
In Coronavirus, Industry Sees Chance to Undo Plastic Bag Bans
Medicare Is Updating Coverage to Help in the Coronavirus Crisis
Senate Approves $2 Trillion Stimulus After Bipartisan Deal
Coronavirus Doesn’t Slow Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins a Victory in Dakota Access Pipeline Case

Olympian (subscription required)
What happens when state’s eviction moratorium ends?
Coronavirus update: Total of 5 employees test positive at Western State Hospital
In the age of COVID-19, the dead are going without funerals, memorials, cultural rituals
Coronavirus deaths reach 132 in Washington state Wednesday as confirmed cases climb to 2,580
Washington State Patrol report says suspect intentionally struck trooper, fled scene
Fishing temporarily banned in Washington state over coronavirus and crowded docks
Here’s where you can get help if you are experiencing domestic violence during shutdown

Peninsula Daily News
Sequim landlord gives 22 businesses free April rent
Colorado Army medical unit headed to Washington state
COVID-19 test kits arrive; one more case on Peninsula
Virus prompts cancellations on Peninsula

Puget Sound Business Journal
New unemployment claims in Washington soar as COVID-19 wrecks havoc
The Fed asks for BlackRock’s help in an echo of 2008
Governor halts most construction statewide as part of his ‘stay home’ order
Senate approves $2 trillion stimulus after bipartisan deal
Fine print of stimulus bill contains special deals for industries
Alaska Airlines adopts historic 70 percent cut to flight schedule, slashes dividends
Demand for relief grants among small businesses in Seattle soars during COVID-19 pandemic
Insurance commissioner expands telehealth coverage order as demand for virtual visits rises

Renton Reporter
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths
King County suspends work release program

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington’s jobless claims jump more than nine-fold as coronavirus hammers economy
School in Washington is supposed to resume (remotely) by Monday. Will it?
New Inslee edict: Most construction work is not authorized during coronavirus shutdown
Sen. Cantwell: Boeing may not like strings attached to U.S. help for aviation in coronavirus crisis
Former Navy vice admiral leading Washington’s coronavirus response brings experience in medicine, military
Seattle to use city facilities as shelters to decrease crowding during coronavirus pandemic
What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus could mean for Washington state
Infographic: Do’s and don’ts of the stay-at-home order for coronavirus in Washington state
Westneat: There’s a ‘moon shot’ to save the school year from coronavirus, but not in Seattle
Fine print of stimulus bill contains special deals for industries, including Boeing
Virus infections near 500,000 as health systems buckle
Bloomberg: Nuclear scientists developing faster, cheaper COVID-19 test 
Seattle-area restaurants are helping people in need, even amid their own pain in coronavirus crisis
Editorial: Fix the systems that failed Hanford workers | Editorial

Seattle Weekly
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths
COVID-19 gathering restriction delays funerals
Activists want rent, mortgage suspensions

Skagit Valley Herald
Deputies, police will work to enforce Inslee order

Snoqualmie Valley Record
King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths

Spokesman Review
7,000 sign petition asking WSU to partially refund students amid coronavirus closures, changes
Statewide fishing ban ordered by Washington wildlife managers
Spokane County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases nearly double in 2 days; lack of supplies still limiting case counts
Can your Washington business provide supplies needed to fight COVID-19? If yes, do this
Plastic bags banned, paper bags to cost 8 cents after Inslee signs bill that takes effect next year
Morhaf Al Achkar: Who lives and who dies?

Tri-City Herald
Fishing temporarily banned in Washington state over coronavirus and crowded docks
CBC shuts down Tri-Cities campuses because of coronavirus, moving most classes online
2 workers at a Kennewick nursing home have coronavirus. Seniors and staff being tested
4th person dies of coronavirus in Tri-Cities, health officials report
4 Richland firefighters nearly clear of quarantine after concerns of coronavirus
Editorial: If you want your life back, follow Inslee’s coronavirus stay home order 

USA Today
$1,200 cash payments, help for businesses: Here’s what’s in the historic stimulus package for coronavirus
Initial jobless claims surged to record 3.3M last week as coronavirus takes heavy toll on economy
Asian American lawmakers sound the alarm on coronavirus-related discrimination
Travelers get a break: REAL ID deadline extended to Oct. 1, 2021, due to coronavirus

Vancouver Business Journal
‘Stay Home – Stay Healthy:’ Updated COVID-19 FAQs for Washington state employers

Washington Post
Conservatives push Trump to end social distancing, citing a conspiracy of the left to impose its agenda
United States indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on ‘narco-terrorism’ charges
U.S. sees record unemployment numbers as stimulus bill heads to House
3.3 million Americans filed for jobless benefits
As New York’s crisis deepens, experts split over how to contain its spread to new areas
Is ‘social distancing’ the wrong term? Expert prefers ‘physical distancing,’ and WHO agrees.
The U.S. traditionally leads in times of crisis. Now it’s practicing self-isolation, and its rivals are stepping in.
Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings unexpectedly pleads guilty to 51 murder charges
He urged saving the economy over protecting those who are ‘not productive.’ Then he faced America’s wrath.
In some states, oil-price collapse brings back 99-cent gas
The Daily 202: Government experts warn of a second wave of coronavirus cases, as the health system struggles
Italy’s new coronavirus cases are slowing. How soon until normal life returns?
Coronavirus could threaten endangered great apes, scientists warn

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Editorial: State prisons wisely using inmate labor to help during pandemic
Virus shutdowns cause huge spike in WA jobless claims
Wash. governor signs bill to ban single-use plastic bags
WSU delays May commencement due to virus concerns
2 more workers at psychiatric hospital have coronavirus

Yakima Herald Republic
Astria Health CEO offers to sell or lease closed Yakima hospital to state to help with COVID-19 outbreak
Officials put out an urgent call for blood donations
COVID-19 cases in Yakima County up to 53 Wednesday, numbers expected to rise
Editorial: There are lessons to learn from choppy stay-at-home rollout

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
$2 trillion coronavirus deal: Who will get stimulus checks and when?
Real-time updates: 132 coronavirus deaths among at least 2,580 overall cases in Washington
State launches site to clarify ‘essential’ businesses under stay-home order
US jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs jump
These jobs are hiring during the coronavirus crisis in Washington
‘I’m very lucky’: KING 5 photographer on the mend after coronavirus diagnosis
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival called off due to state’s coronavirus outbreak

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Senate approves $2 trillion stimulus package; non-essential businesses shut down
COVID-19 home test kits launch in King County
FTC and BBB Warn: Beware of ‘stimulus scammers’
King County, Seattle seeking more staff for sites created in response to coronavirus
Home repair workers expect surge in calls during stay-at-home order
US jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs jump
Gov. Inslee signs bill allowing sports betting at tribal casinos
Ballard hires private security to guard shuttered businesses
Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines announce huge cutbacks due to pandemic
Five Western State Hospital workers test positive for COVID-19
Skagit Valley Tulip festival canceled due to coronavirus outbreak
WSU postpones spring commencement to August, offers online option in May

KPVI 6 (NBC)
Governor approves public assistance for human trafficking victims (Saldaña, Pellicciotti)

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
‘So people don’t break in and drink our alcohol’: Stores board up for stay-at-home order
Rolling with the punches: Century-old tavern offers toilet paper with bucket of beer
Some seniors may struggle with isolation of social distancing
Coronavirus death toll reaches estimated 132 in Wash. state
‘Essential businesses’ remain open during stay-home order, but what’s ‘essential’?
Relief coming for Seattle small businesses affected by coronavirus
Alaska Airlines decreasing flights by 70% for April, May during COVID-19 crisis
WSU delays graduation ceremonies until August
State Patrol sees steep decline in collisions amid COVID-19 outbreak

KNKX FM
Mobile COVID-19 testing comes to homeless and formerly homeless populations in Seattle
Bellingham nursing home takes steps to prevent another COVID-19 disaster, officials say
Hundreds of child care centers close down amid the coronavirus outbreak
Washington And Oregon State Parks Close Over…Well, You Know Why
Washington commissioner of public lands shuts down all recreation areas for at least two weeks

KHQ Q6 (NBC)
Governor approves public assistance for human trafficking victims (Saldaña, Pellicciotti)

KUOW FM
A HUSH FALLS OVER SEATTLE
READ: $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
Live coverage: Coronavirus in Seattle and Washington state
Is Loss Of Smell And Taste A Symptom Of COVID-19? Doctors Want To Find Out
A birth in the time of corona
3.3 Million File For Unemployment Claims, Shattering Records
Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus
Defense Secretary Esper Says Military Has ‘Limited Capacity’ To Provide Hospital Beds
Families call for transparency from nursing homes on coronavirus cases
50,000 Americans Stranded Abroad By Coronavirus Events, State Department Says
If hospitals in Washington state become overwhelmed, who gets life-saving care?
FACT CHECK: Testing Should Take Place Wherever There Are Cases Despite Trump’s View
Judge Orders Environmental Review Of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline
Formerly homeless adults in Seattle now being tested for the coronavirus
KUOW statement on live White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings
‘Stop Price Gouging,’ 33 Attorneys General Tell Amazon, Walmart, Others
Ventilator Makers Ask U.S. Government To Manage Distribution
Washington And Oregon State Parks Close Over…Well, You Know Why
Gilead Declines ‘Rare Disease’ Status For Experimental Coronavirus Drug
Petition seeks early release of some Washington prison inmates to reduce risk of coronavirus
Senate Coronavirus Bill Includes $400 Million To Protect Elections

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘It bothers me to my core’: Bellevue PD says COVID-19 is fueling racist threats
‘We are in this together’: Neighbors offer gifts, masks for front line coronavirus workers
Popular trails, state-owned recreation sites close statewide
Delivery workers thrust into front lines of COVID-19 fight: ‘Don’t give up, you are our heroes’
What are essential businesses during Washington’s ‘stay at home’ order? Check this list
With non-essential stores closed, small businesses wonder if they’ll ever recover
5 workers, 2 patients at psychiatric hospital have COVID-19
For local workers and businesses, virus rescue payments and financial support is needed now
Deadline to get a REAL ID pushed back at least a year due to coronavirus
Idaho Gov. Brad Little issues statewide stay-at-home orde

Web

Crosscut
Social distancing is hard, especially for people living with addiction and mental illness

Slog
Breaking Coronavirus Updates: Trump Blames US Media, Not the Coronavirus, for the Country’s Lockdown
Under This Stay-at-Home Order, What Can You Do in Washington Right Now?
Seattle Closes Parking Lots at Trails, Beaches, and Popular Recreation Areas
Trump Coronavirus “GUIDELINES” Land in West Coast Mailboxes

Wednesday, March 25

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee practices as he prepares to speak about additional plans to slow the spread of coronavirus before a televised... (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

Is 2 weeks enough? Experts say Washington’s ‘stay-at-home’ order may need to continue to slow coronavirus
When Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday shut down many businesses, banned gatherings and ordered Washingtonians to stay at home, he said the restrictions will remain in place for at least two weeks. But public health experts say there’s nothing particularly significant about a two-week interval — and that it will likely take longer to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in a meaningful way. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Elaine Thompson)


Dyllan Muller works on a laptop computer during class on May 16, 2019, in Spokane. Disparities in access to computers and the internet make it difficult for districts to offer equal learning opportunities while schools are shut during the coronavirus pandemic. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Digital divide challenges Washington districts seeking equity in at-home learning
The coronavirus pandemic is posing some tough questions for school districts in Spokane and the rest of the nation. One of the biggest: How many lessons will be lost by the children who need them most? Because of COVID-19, the learning curve just got a lot steeper for children who have the furthest to climb. As the crisis deepens, so too does the digital divide that isolates tens of thousands of Washington students who lack internet connections, devices and the means to obtain them. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Dan Pelle)


COVID-19 testing is done at Island Hospital.

Hospitals gear up for ‘uncertain times’
With cases of COVID-19 predicted to double this week and possibly skyrocket over the next month, hospitals are gearing up for a multifaceted problem: A steep influx of patients, stressed staff with limited resources and a severe decline in revenue. Current predictions from the Washington State Hospital Association show that cases could double by Friday, Island Hospital CEO Charles Hall said at an emergency board meeting Monday. Those numbers will keep climbing, he said. Continue reading at The Skagit Valley Herald. (PhotoCredit)


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Associated Press
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Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, other national park sites close
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Aberdeen Daily World
County closes playgrounds, opens call center
Ocean Shores closes beach approaches, imposes curfew, may shut down hotels
Local law enforcement establishes plan to keep cities covered during pandemic
Food banks confident they can meet needs
GH Health officials: Don’t call 911 for COVID questions
Commentary: Big bailouts need fierce watchdogs
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Auburn Reporter
Activists want rent, mortgage suspensions
King County Metro reduces services as a result of coronavirus

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Job searches now temporarily optional for those unemployed in Washington state
Washington state lawmakers plead with FEMA for more medical personnel and equipment
Bellingham nursing home reports five more employees test positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus deaths reach 123 in Washington state Tuesday as confirmed cases climb to 2,469
This is what Washington state governor’s COVID-19 ‘stay at home’ order means for you
Whatcom businesses considered non-essential begin process of temporary closures
Bellingham updates ordinance some had feared to allow quick action on coronavirus
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Health officials backtrack on coronavirus death of 17-year-old in California
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Coronavirus update: Two more Western State Hospital employees test positive
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Coronavirus deaths reach 123 in Washington state Tuesday as confirmed cases climb to 2,469
State parks and wildlife areas to close Wednesday following the governor’s order
Hospitals bar partners from delivery rooms amid coronavirus pandemic
Whatcom coronavirus updates: Bellingham park facilities close, jail restricts lobby access
14 more Whatcom residents test positive for coronavirus, Health Department says Tuesday
Bottles of booze can be delivered in Washington state under temporary coronavirus rule
Students must continue online learning amid school closures, Washington leaders say
Mount Rainier National Park closed to the public to help slow spread of coronavirus
Here’s how the life-saving EpiPen might fail when needed. FDA issues an alert
Opinion: Coronavirus failures are our bad. We’d been warned it was coming for decades | Opinion

Bothell Reporter
Kenmore suspends plastic bag policy to reduce COVID-19 spread

Capital Press
Spokane Junior Livestock Show date changes
U.S. apple retail sales get a boost
WSDA work continues despite office closures
Potato prices jump as retail demand goes ‘through roof’

Columbian
In Our View: Warning: Scammers prey on fears, desire to help

Everett Herald
All coronavirus outbreak news here

Federal Way Mirror
South King Fire chief urges community to make a difference ‘that will result in better outcomes for all of us’

The Inlander
Please Stop Killing People
 
Islands’ Weekly
OPALCO suspends late fees and disconnection during COVID-19
Addressing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment
Washington State Parks and wildlife areas to close

Issaquah Reporter
Blood donations drop due to school closures

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington State Parks and wildlife areas to close
Help for Washington artists

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Health district investigators are ‘one piece’ of curbing the spread of COVID-19
Man charged with being under influence of pot during Kitsap Way hit-and-run
Under Inslee’s stay-at-home order: What’s allowed and what’s not?
‘Budgeting every penny’: For Kitsap workers, coronavirus’ economic toll starts to set in
USS Carl Vinson’s leaders stay the course while trying to limit contagion
Coronavirus live updates: Half of New Yorkers face infection; details coming on $2 trillion stimulus; Prince Charles sick

Olympian (subscription required)
Flood of 911 callers wanted to know if Washington state ‘stay home’ order affects them
Coronavirus update: Two more Western State Hospital employees test positive
You don’t have to look for work in order to get jobless benefits, state announces
Bottles of booze can be delivered in Washington state under temporary coronavirus rule
Coronavirus deaths reach 123 in Washington state Tuesday as confirmed cases climb to 2,469
This is what Washington state governor’s COVID-19 ‘stay at home’ order means for you
Despite what Trump says, experts caution against treating coronavirus with certain drugs
TVW celebrates 25 years of providing unfiltered access to state government
As coronavirus slams the economy, local governments prepare for revenue declines

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County OKs certain employees working from home
City of Port Townsend changes permitting, inspections process
Kilmer plans telephone town hall to discuss COVID-19
Port of Port Townsend plans virtual open public meeting
Westport lays off workers in Port Angeles
COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those impacted by virus precautions
LETTER: Residents of Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Facebook is ‘just trying to keep the lights on’ as traffic soars in pandemic
States say doctors are stockpiling trial coronavirus drugs — for themselves
Can we put a price tag on a life? The shutdown forces a new look
Congress, White House strike deal for a $2 trillion stimulus package
Seattle-area businesses announce hundreds of layoffs in March
Port of Seattle suspends 2020 Alaska cruise season indefinitely amid public health emergency
Some job sites close as confusion grips construction industry in Seattle region

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Is 2 weeks enough? Experts say Washington’s ‘stay-at-home’ order may need to continue to slow coronavirus
Westneat: There’s a ‘moon shot’ to save the school year from coronavirus, but not in Seattle
More than 250 people in Washington hospitalized last week with coronavirus symptoms; state data shows upward trend
Nonessential businesses closing today. What’s an essential business amid the spread of coronavirus?
How Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $3.7 million on Seattle-area coronavirus response
What can I do outside? What Gov. Inslee’s latest coronavirus mandates mean for outdoor recreation.
Layoffs begin as aviation collapse due to coronavirus hits Washington companies
Microsoft push brings medical supplies from overseas to aid in state’s coronavirus fight
Washington State football player Bryce Beekman dies at 22
LA Times: Will California’s coronavirus crisis look like Italy’s soon?
Not everyone changed behavior because of coronavirus; here are a Seattle poll’s findings
In response to a Seattle Times investigation, advocates seek benefits for workers who wore leaky respirators at Hanford
Sound Transit sues longtime ally Microsoft in effort to condemn land for Redmond light rail
Inmates with health problems sue Inslee to force release of thousands from prison over coronavirus fears
Stay on campus or go home? For Washington students, coronavirus makes spring break a complicated gamble
UW pathologist Stephen Schwartz, 78, dies after COVID-19 hospitalization
$150 for $7 sanitizer? Price gouging complaints pile up in Washington state amid coronavirus outbreak
Are Seattle’s farmers markets allowed to operate through the coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ period?
Editorial: West Seattle Bridge closure alarming
Op-Ed: Speaking as a dad and a doctor, we should rethink coronavirus school closures

Skagit Valley Herald
Constant evolution: Skagit farmers try new crops as consumer preferences change
County gives COVID-19 update
Hospitals gear up for ‘uncertain times’
What’s an essential business? Here are some in Skagit County

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Blood donations drop due to school closures
Activists want rent, mortgage suspensions
King County Metro reduces services as a result of coronavirus
Spokane leaders urge residents to stay home, as Spokane County confirms 33 COVID-19 cases
Digital divide challenges Washington districts seeking equity in at-home learning
Spokane law enforcement focus on education ahead of enforcement of ‘stay home’ order
Washington State Patrol trooper struck, killed by car while deploying spike strips in Chehalis
Beware of coronavirus-related scams, Washington officials urge
Shawn Vestal: Little ideas become major force for good as community comes together (Riccelli)

Tri-City Herald
Thousands of Hanford workers to stay home for at least 2 weeks. Only essential work continues
3 more coronavirus cases confirmed in Tri-Cities area by Benton Franklin Health District
Coronavirus led to hoarding toilet paper. Here’s what it’s done to gun, ammo sales
Live Updates: The stay home order in Tri-Cities, volunteers needed, county offices closing

USA Today
Senators reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at coronavirus, bill will pass ‘later today,’ says McConnell
The US is confronting coronavirus without the CDC. It’s ‘like fighting with one hand tied behind your back,’ ex-director says.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Inslee orders state residents to stay at home
COVID-19 threatens health of rural hospitals

Washington Post
Largest bailout in history expected to face a vote this afternoon
Senate, White House reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus package
Deal carves out billions intended for Boeing, officials say. Critics say money should go to workers.
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Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor School District deploys buses to distribute food
Community Resiliency Fund to aid charities with COVID-19 response

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Health District: Local stay-home order indefinite because of hospital closure
Many Yakima County businesses will keep operating; challenges remain for others
Q&A: Yakima coronavirus case update; stay-at-home orders; can my kids play outside?
Fairgrounds and SunDome “a good spot” for field hospital if one is needed, emergency official says

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KING5 TV (NBC)
These essential businesses can stay open during Washington’s stay-at-home order
Washington state parks, wildlife areas close after Inslee’s stay-at-home order
Sea-Tac TSA agent tests positive for coronavirus
Shoreline 3D printing expert making face shields for healthcare workers
City parks set limits as ‘stay-at-home’ starts throughout Washington state
Organ transplant surgeries could be casualty of coronavirus pandemic
Seattle travel and aviation industry woes worsen through global coronavirus pandemic

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Non-essential businesses bracing for midnight shutdown
Who’s working, what businesses are open during stay-at-home order
TSA officer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tests positive for coronavirus
Bellevue-based Eddie Bauer shifts production to make masks for local hospitals
Tacoma Public Schools adds study aids to free lunch handouts
Retired admiral takes leadership of WA COVID-19 effort
Nurses taking care of Life Care Center patients describe what they saw inside the facility
Thurston County Food Bank asking for help during coronavirus pandemic
Local group raises $27 million in 72 hours for businesses, people impacted by coronavirus

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Statewide coronavirus death toll hits 123; confirmed cases top 2,400
King County gets thumbs up for social distancing; Oregon? Not so much…
Seattle closes parking lots at 8 popular parks to keep crowds down
UW Obstetrician to study COVID-19 impacts on pregnancy
Husband & wife diagnosed with coronavirus die hours apart: ‘It’s heartbreaking’
Rural America watches pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows
King County preparing to release hundreds of inmates to limit spread of COVID-19

KNKX FM
Food for Thought: Restaurants step up to do their part
Washington commissioner of public lands shuts down all recreation areas for at least two weeks
Petition seeks early release of some Washington prison inmates to reduce risk of coronavirus

KUOW FM
Senate Reaches Historic Deal On $2T Coronavirus Economic Rescue Package
GM helps Washington ventilator maker scale up amid COVID-19 crisis
Balancing Justice, Public Safety: Virus Brings Changes To Courts, Jails, Arrests
States Get Creative To Find And Deploy More Health Workers In COVID-19 Fight
Workers In 8 Amazon Warehouses Test Positive For Coronavirus
Wednesday’s the deadline for small businesses seeking $10,000 in relief from Seattle
Federal rules “expressly prohibit” labs from donating needed medical supplies
Lockdown Tuesday: Defining ‘essential’
Washington distillers switch from spirits to sanitizer
Sew say we all! How cosplayers are answering calls for face masks and more
King County Executive takes your calls on coronavirus
My 71-year-old mom is a nurse on the front lines of Covid-19. I’m worried. She’s not.
Washington’s essential workers face risks, choose to serve anyway
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Q13 TV (Fox)
What are essential businesses during Washington’s ‘stay at home’ order? Check this list
Mandatory stay at home order leads to questions about some gray areas
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Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, other national park sites close
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Walmart, Albertsons and Kroger are adding sneeze guards to checkout lanes
US on track to become next coronavirus epicenter, but there’s time to reverse cours

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Crosscut
‘Nature’s not closed’ during coronavirus, but should you still go hiking?
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Climate bills in WA a ‘comprehensive failure’ in 2020, critics say

Slog
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Breaking Coronavirus Updates: Anyone Who Has Left New York City Should Self-Quarantine
The Mayor Eased Parking Restrictions But This Ballard Restaurant Keeps Getting Ticketed
The Logic Behind Sacrificing Old People for the Economy
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill: “We Can’t Have a Repeat of the 2008 Bailout”

Tuesday, March 24

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee delivers a statewide TV address Monday. (TVW)

Governor: Stay at home — and that’s now an order
Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered Washington residents to stay at home for the next two weeks in an unprecedented attempt to blunt the spread of COVID-19. The proclamation signed by Inslee aims to aggressively curb movement and interaction of residents by shutting down businesses deemed non-essential and banning public and private gatherings of people. That ban includes “some of the most important gatherings” like weddings, funerals and celebrations of life, the governor said — but also encompasses parties on the beach, pickup basketball at the park or sleepovers. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (TVW)


Here are the jobs and businesses Washington state considers essential
Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday evening ordered most of Washington’s 7.5 million residents to stay home for at least two weeks as the state tries to slow the growing spread of the novel coronavirus. Inslee announced that non-essential businesses shut down. But which businesses are considered essential? Continue reading at The Olympian. (TVW)


Location data firm Unacast identified places where residents are engaging in more social distancing in green — and less in orange. (Unacast)

Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)
If you have a smartphone, you’re probably contributing to a massive coronavirus surveillance system. And it’s revealing where Americans have — and haven’t — been practicing social distancing. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Unacast)


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Associated Press
Tensions rise as $2 trillion virus aid stalls
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Stocks surge 7% on building hopes for US virus stimulus 
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issues two-week stay-at-home order
Washington governor issues two-week stay-at-home order
Washington state community remembers victims of landslide
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Asian stocks gain after U.S. Fed promises economic support
Tokyo Olympics postponed, U.S. closes in on relief package
The Latest: NY Gov. Cuomo: Infection rate accelerating
Washington rights groups: coronavirus treatment plan discriminates
Complaint: Triage plan discriminates against disabled people
Police: 6 of 12 Yakima County jail escapees remain on loose
Trump agencies steadily push rollbacks as pandemic rages
Volunteers sew masks for health workers facing shortages
Feds release results of inspection at virus-hit nursing home
Boeing to suspend production in Seattle because of virus
Native Americans put digital spin on traditions amid virus
Monday: Big layoffs, bigger hirings, massive markets swings
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issues two-week stay-at-home order to fight coronavirus spread
Washington appeals court rejects texts in police conviction
Rights groups: coronavirus treatment plan discriminates

Aberdeen Daily World
Community Hospital seeks protective gear donations
Tips on what to do if you are sick or think you have been exposed to coronavirus
Outdoor crowds test limits of social distancing as leaders weigh ‘very strong’ emergency powers to fight coronavirus
Commentary: We need food, medicine and safety — not tax cuts and corporate bailouts — to face coronavirus

Bainbridge Island Review
Kitsap Transit makes emergency move to stop collecting passenger fares
Gov. Inslee orders all residents to stay at home
20 cases of coronavirus now confirmed in Kitsap County

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Bellingham Council told Whatcom has a week’s reserve of personal protective equipment week’s reserve of personal protective equipment
32 new coronavirus cases at Shuksan nursing home bumps Whatcom to fourth-highest in state
Coronavirus costs Whatcom County its signature event in 2020
Lummi announces 2 more positive tests for coronavirus, as Whatcom’s total rises to 50
Inslee issues stay-at-home order for two weeks except for thousands of ‘essential’ workers
Here are the jobs and businesses Washington state considers essential
Whatcom law enforcement educating groups they encounter during coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus update of Bellingham emergency powers stirs fear of martial law online
With a shortage of hand sanitizer, two Whatcom distilleries are making their own
Coronavirus update: Child Study and Treatment Center staff member tests positive
Washington state prisons ripe for COVID-19. Some inmates should get out early, lawsuit says
32 new coronavirus cases at Shuksan nursing home bumps Whatcom to fourth-highest in state
State is preparing for long-term school closures, including ‘the rest of the school year’
Video of Milky Way over Outer Banks called a sign of ‘hope’ amid coronavirus outbreak
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns coronavirus is ‘spiking’ with 25,000 cases – infections doubling every 3 days as deaths spiral
Philadelphia clears homeless encampment despite CDC guidance not to during coronavirus spread
Why a coronavirus vaccine may take 18 months to reach the public
 
Bothell Reporter
Bothell spirits maker now producing hand sanitizer

Capital Press
Ag exempt from Inslee’s ‘stay home’ order
Pacific Northwest hop stocks rise

The Daily News
Senior shoppers jam Winco early Tuesday morning
County officials aim to lower jail population amid COVID-19 concerns
Cowlitz County sheriff warns of Social Security scam

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Governor: Stay at home — and that’s now an order
Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide TV address on Monday here
Temporary site allows 250 more coronavirus tests per day
Snohomish County restaurants struggle to adapt to shutdown
Boeing plants here to close; infected Everett worker dies
Bloomberg: Commentary: Trump’s mistrust of experts has diluted response
Editorial: Stay home as much as possible. Please.

Federal Way Mirror
South King Fire board appoints new commissioner
King County jails reducing inmates, prioritizing space for violent offenders to curb COVID-19

Issaquah Reporter
King County COVID-19 death total hits 87
Cities and chambers of commerce provide vital information during the COVID-19 pandemic
King County jails reducing inmates, prioritizing space for violent offenders to curb COVID-19
Grocery stores across King County implementing “senior hours”
Open houses close due to coronavirus concerns
Boeing plants in Puget Sound area to close; infected Everett worker dies

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County closes overnight lodging

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
USS Carl Vinson sailor tests positive for novel coronavirus
Kitsap Mall announces closure, latest case count in Kitsap County is 20
As Americans avoid contact, two women charged with spitting on others
What we know: The 2020 Olympics have officially been postponed. What happens next?
How are public agencies in Kitsap holding public meetings during a pandemic?

New York Times
The Fed’s message: To counter coronavirus impact, the money-printing presses are fired up and ready to go
Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He’s Losing His Patience
Spit on, yelled at, attacked: Chinese Americans fear for their safety
Virus Brings States to a Standstill: Sessions Halt, Budgets Crater, Plans Wait
Is Marijuana an ‘Essential’ Like Milk or Bread? Some States Say Yes

Olympian (subscription required)
Here are the jobs and businesses Washington state considers essential
Watch Gov. Inslee’s speech about further mitigating the coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus updates: Disaster aid available to all Washington state small businesses
Thurston County’s 11th confirmed case of COVID-19 is a woman in her 20s
SPAM is flying off the shelves at Costcos across America during coronavirus outbreak
Inside the Tumwater clinic that saw Thurston’s first positive COVID-19 test
Washington state prisons ripe for COVID-19. Some inmates should get out early, lawsuit says

Peninsula Daily News
Washington residents ordered to stay at home
Virus prompts cancellations on Peninsula
NOLS offers expanded access to online resources
Feds release results of inspection at virus-hit nursing home

Puget Sound Business Journal
The coronavirus revives Facebook as a news powerhouse
Doctors, bud tenders among now ‘essential’ jobs in Washington state
Bankers pledge mortgage help, but want billions
Coronavirus lay-offs split corporate America
Trump considers reopening economy, over health experts’ objections
Inslee issues two-week stay home order

The Reflector
Bill signing: Local legislators have laws approved (Cleveland)

Renton Reporter
King County COVID-19 death total hits 87
King County jails reducing inmates, prioritizing space for violent offenders to curb COVID-19
King County reduces district court operations

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Here’s what Gov. Inslee’s new ‘stay-at-home’ order does and doesn’t restrict
As social distancing measures hit the Seattle area’s parks and outdoor spaces, here’s what’s open and what’s closed
Which food-related industries can stay open under Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘stay-at-home’ order?
Experts say Inslee’s stay-at-home order will add to Seattle economy’s coronavirus-induced pain
New drive-thru coronavirus testing site launches in Everett
As a coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, American Indian communities turn to one another, teachings
How to grocery shop smartly for the coronavirus pandemic
Alaska Airlines is cutting 200 flights a day, parking 30 jets, as coronavirus reduces air travel
Federal regulators find Kirkland nursing home failed to quickly respond to coronavirus outbreak
Washington education officials: school must continue, even during coronavirus closures
Coronavirus concerns turning Washington’s tourist destinations into ghost towns
Boeing to halt work at Puget Sound factories amid coronavirus pandemic
Zillow home-flipping service will stop buying new homes over coronavirus uncertainty
From whiskey, gin and vodka to … hand sanitizer? Seattle-area distilleries pivot to fight coronavirus.
Editorial: Government transparency is critical during coronavirus pandemic
Op-Ed: Coronavirus: Now more than ever, we need to channel our historic ‘Seattle Spirit

Seattle Weekly
King County calls on faith leaders for message of unity
King County reduces district court operations
King County Metro reduces services as a result of coronavirus
Playgrounds, sports courts closed in King County to encourage social distancing
CDC: Life Care staff worked in multiple facilities and while symptomatic for COVID-19

Skagit Valley Herald
Using Skagit Valley grains, local mills step up to feed community
Social distancing doesn’t stop at the trailhead
New water source available to property owners in Skagit, Snohomish counties
Getting outdoors still an option
First Skagit County COVID-19 death reported
Guemes ferry trips may be cut back

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Cities and chambers of commerce provide vital information during the COVID-19 pandemic
King County jails reducing inmates, prioritizing space for violent offenders to curb COVID-19

Spokesman Review
Inslee issues ‘stay home’ order for state
Safe house: Self-isolation can spell increased danger for DV victims
Washington legislative leaders in both parties back Inslee’s ‘stay home’ order (Billig, Jinkins)
More than 400 masks donated to police department by Spokane Chinese community
More than 2,000 COVID-19 cases reported statewide, 3 Spokane County residents hospitalized
Long list of jobs deemed essential in ‘stay home’ order
City of Spokane halts all foreclosures, evictions
Opinion: Beth Pellicciotti: A time of counting for Eastern Washington
Opinion: Jessica Lucht: Sex education is education

Tri-City Herald
Employee at Richland elementary school tests positive for coronavirus, parents told
2 more Bonaventure seniors in Tri-Cities test positive for coronavirus. Others tested
4 new coronavirus cases reported in Tri-Cities area, bringing total to 16
‘Unbelievable.’ Tri-Citians call out 100s gathered in parking lots during coronavirus pandemic

USA Today
Congressional leaders say deal on massive coronavirus stimulus close, could be finalized within next few hours – live updates

Vancouver Business Journal
Strategies for businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
King County Metro Reduces Services As A Result of Coronavirus

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Trump suspends federal student loan payments for 60 days

Washington Post
Japan, Olympic committee agree to hold Games by summer 2021
‘Stay on the mainland’: Tensions grow as affluent city dwellers retreat to second homes
White House agrees to allow oversight of loan program as Senate deal nears
India declares lockdown as WHO warns U.S. could be next virus epicenter
Opinion: What my family learned after a year of social distancing
Opinion: We need smart solutions to mitigate the coronavirus’s impact. Here are eight.
Election officials in both parties call for emergency funding to expand voting by mail before November
U.S. news publishers band together to urge China not to expel their journalists
Real ID deadline extended amid coronavirus crisis
NRA to cut salaries, brace for layoffs as coronavirus disrupts fundraising, internal memo states
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Japan’s social distancing is shrinking as coronavirus fears ease. Too soon?
Dialysis patients are at high risk during covid-19 outbreak
Facebook sent home thousands of human moderators due to the coronavirus. Now the algorithms are in charge
Our iPhone weekly screen time reports are through the roof, and people are ‘horrified’
Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)
The Finance 202: Wall Street to Trump: Don’t restart economy before stopping coronavirus spread

West Seattle Herald
West Seattle Covid Recovers is launched to coordinate local assistance efforts
KCSO Response to stay at home order

Yakima Herald Republic
One person dead from COVID-19 in Yakima County
14 escape Yakima County jail; six remain at large
Local officials on Yakima County stay-at-home order: ‘This is new territory for us’
Trump’s National Guard announcement pertained only to funding
Yakima Health District issues stay-at-home-order
Letter: Our Washington handling things a lot better than the other one

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KING5 TV (NBC)
Real-time updates: 110 coronavirus deaths among 2,221 cases in Washington
Gov. Inslee issues stay-at-home order for Washington residents
These essential businesses can stay open during Washington’s stay-at-home order
West Seattle Bridge closed until further notice due to cracks
‘Stay-at-home’ violators face $500 maximum fine in Edmonds
Boeing suspends production in Puget Sound region as pandemic continues
‘All in Seattle’ group raises $27 million for people and businesses impact by coronavirus
Seattle Flu Study adapted for coronavirus pandemic

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Inslee announces mandatory statewide stay-at-home order
‘Indefinite shutdown’: Stress cracks endanger West Seattle Bridge
2020 Olympics to be delayed for 1 year
90-year-old Kirkland woman survives coronavirus, reunites with family
Boeing temporarily shutting down Puget Sound production operations due to coronavirus outbreak
Local manufacturing company steps up to help hospitals in need of supplies
Westport halts tourism by blocking beach roads, closing hotels
Everett opens appointment only drive-through testing site
Unlike Everett’s directive, violating Edmonds’ ‘stay at home’ order is a misdemeanor
Second patient has coronavirus at Western State Hospital
Domino’s pizza to hire 1,000 people across greater Seattle area
FBI warns parents, teachers about increased risks of online child exploitation

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Gov. Inslee issues statewide stay-home order to slow coronavirus spread
List of jobs, businesses considered essential during Washington’s stay-at-home order
West Seattle Bridge closes indefinitely for repairs
Young coronavirus survivor shares battle with disease that almost killed him
Gov. Brown issues ‘stay at home’ order, closes many non-essential businesses 

KNKX FM
Bellingham nursing home takes steps to prevent another COVID-19 disaster, officials say
Coronavirus outbreak poses challenges for international students at Pacific Northwest colleges
Tacoma homeless shelter sees more coronavirus cases as staff works to halt spread
Canadian border closure affects commerce on macro and micro scale
Is it safe to buy and sell homes during a pandemic? Local real estate agents disagree.
Tight labor threatens produce supply chain as concerns about new coronavirus spread

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HERE’S WHAT WASHINGTON’S ORDER TO STAY HOME MEANS TO YOU AMID THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
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Live coverage: Coronavirus in Seattle and Washington state
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Boeing shuts down production in Seattle area
Supreme Court Allows States To Virtually Eliminate The Insanity Defense
Olympics Official Says He Would ‘Mortgage The Farm’ That Games Will Be Postponed
Education Dept. Says Disability Laws Shouldn’t Get In The Way Of Online Learning
Bipartisan Coronavirus Financial Rescue Deal Eludes Congress
White House Not Using Defense Powers To Boost Medical Supplies
Cuomo Orders All Hospitals To Add Beds As New York Confirms 20,000 Coronavirus Cases
Nail Salons, Body Shops: These Kinds Of Companies Could Donate Masks And Save Lives
READ: House Democrats Release 3rd Coronavirus Response Bill

NW Public Radio
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Announces Statewide ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order To Address Coronavirus

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington governor issues 2-week ‘stay-at-home’ order amid coronavirus outbreak
Washington hospitals in dire need of protective equipment: ‘This is a war’
Boeing to suspend production in Puget Sound area amid coronavirus outbreak
Feds release results of inspection at virus-hit Kirkland nursing home
Boy, 7, uses $600 of savings to make coronavirus care packages for seniors, feed 90 students
Furniture maker is mass-producing face masks and shields in Mukilteo
Edmonds, Everett issue stay-at-home order as precautionary measure for COVID-19

Web

Civic Skunkworks
The Seattle Stimulus

Crosscut
Rural tribes finally have a shot at faster internet
Opinion: Coronavirus is not our first apocalypse
Here’s what Washington’s new ‘stay-at-home’ order means for you
Seattleites ignore social distancing as coronavirus spreads

My Ballard
Gov. Inslee orders ‘stay at home’ for minimum of two weeks

Seattle P.I.
Amazon Care to deliver and pickup at-home test kits for coronavirus in Seattle
Inslee issues ‘stay home’ order due to Wash. state coronavirus outbreak; what does that mean?
Coronavirus updates: King County reaches 1,170, Inslee issues stay-at-home order, Boeing shuts down
Boeing to shut down all Puget Sound factories for 2 weeks following worker’s COVID-19 death
US deal may be at hand to ease economic pain of coronavirus

Slog
More Calls to Open Seattle’s Empty Streets to People, Not Cars
Breaking Coronavirus Updates: WHO Warns Coronavirus Pandemic Is Accelerating, Trump Suggests People Stop Being Racist
Governor Inslee Issues “Stay at Home” Order for Washington State
The Stock Market Will Not Roar Back to Life When the Crisis Is Over
Cracks Force Shutdown of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, Effective Tonight
Did You Get Denied Unemployment? It Could Have Been a Glitch
To Promote Social Distancing, Some Cities Are Giving Roadways Over to Cyclists. Should Seattle?

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)


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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)


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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.


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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

Columbian
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?

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
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

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
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

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
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 

KNKX FM
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

KUOW FM
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

Web

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

Crosscut
‘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

Slog
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