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Friday, March 20

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

Graph of coronavirus spread

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

Cyrus Habib

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thursday, March 19

A member of a cleaning crew wheels a cart toward a vehicle at the Life Care Center, where at least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked to the facility, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash.

Gov. Inslee issues eviction ban as WA coronavirus deaths rise to 67
Washington state health officials reported 13 new deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the state tally of fatalities to 67 – the highest in the country. Also, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a 30-day statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants as the state continues to grapple with containing the spread of COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the state’s economy as businesses are forced to temporarily close and employees are laid off. Continue reading at KNKX. (Elaine Thompson)

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Tukwila, Wash. The agency said on its website that seeking treatment or preventive services for the virus would not adversely affect green card applicants.

‘We’re Petrified’: Immigrants Afraid to Seek Medical Care for Coronavirus
The coronavirus was not on the agenda when a legal-aid group two months ago invited farmworkers who toil in the date groves, lemon orchards and vineyards of California’s Coachella Valley to an information session about immigration issues. But when Luz Gallegos and her team showed up over the weekend, they were cornered by people who peppered them with questions about the virus. On Monday, public health authorities announced the first two deaths from the virus in this part of Southern California, both in the Coachella Valley. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Jason Redmond)

Presort Lead Jameel Henricksen, right, and Sorter Jerome Thomas remove plastic bags at Waste Management's SMaRT Center in Spokane.

Washington lawmakers pass statewide plastic bag ban
Starting in January 2021, customers in Washington state will no longer be able to get single-use plastic bags for their purchases at grocery stores and retail outlets. This session, lawmakers passed a statewide plastic bag ban meant to encourage the use of reusable bags by shoppers. Similar bans had previously been passed by cities like Seattle and Bellingham. Continue reading at The Inlander. (Young Kwak)


Associated Press
Mnuchin: Family of 4 could get $3K under virus relief plan
Trump calls himself ‘wartime president’ as he battles virus
Italian virus death toll nears China’s as outbreak spreads
How long will Americans be fighting the coronavirus?
Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April
National parks are open — with some changes — amid virus
Getting coronavirus updates in Spanish is a mixed bag in US
Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers
WA coronavirus deaths up to 67, Inslee issues eviction ban
Washington state scrambles to secure hospital beds, supplies
Virus claims University of Washington pathology professor
Judge asked to force decision on US wolverine protections
Food banks face virus dilemma: More demand, fewer volunteers
Wall Street see-saws up and down as volatility retains grip
Trump invokes emergency authority, no new cases in Wuhan
Asian shares resume decline after latest Wall St tumble
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
AP PHOTOS: Small business falls victim to virus
Gov. Inslee issues eviction ban as WA coronavirus deaths rise to 67
Judge asked to force decision on US wolverine protections
US struggles to fill requests for protective gear
Trump invokes emergency authority

Auburn Reporter
Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak
How will COVID-19 impact wildfire response?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
One more Whatcom resident tests positive for coronavirus, Health Department says
Point Roberts an island after COVID-19 forces border closure to non-essential traffic
Bellingham, Ferndale schools announce meal service plans during coronavirus closures
No residential evictions for 30 days because of COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee announces
Whatcom coronavirus business updates: Grocers OK worker benefits, job losses mount
Coronavirus outbreak puts Bellingham homeless encampment move in April on hold
Washington ranks high in US for coronavirus containment policies. Here’s why
Coronavirus update: Western State Hospital patient tests positive
Whatcom school districts begin providing food service answers during COVID-19 closure
Whatcom County courts issue more suspensions on trials, jury duty due to coronavirus
State elections chief asks governor to cancel April 28 election to protect workers
Curbside pot pickup? Washington relaxes rules during coronavirus pandemic
Deadly coronavirus outbreak in Seattle care center was spread by sick staffers, CDC says
Up to 20% of younger adults infected with coronavirus end up hospitalized, CDC says
Senator says swine flu and MERS started in China like coronavirus. Here are the facts
At-home coronavirus test kits are in the pipeline, company says. Here’s what to know
As jails let inmates go to slow coronavirus outbreaks, ACLU asks to curb arrests, too
Workers forced to leave jobs because of coronavirus to get paid under new Senate bill

Capital Press
H-2A cutoff averted as virus adds to labor worries
Sandison: Washington’s food supply chain remains open and operational

The Daily News
‘Quarantine shaming’: US navigates radical new social norms

Everett Herald (subscription required)
‘Senior hour’ gives at-risk shoppers more time and space
Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak
Local organizations bracing for COVID-19 to hit the homeless
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Commentary: A long, deadly history of failing to communicate
Editorial: Political divide on coronavirus could be deadly
Letter: Celebrate effort of ‘bureaucrats’ fighting coronavirus outbreak
Letter: Lagging coronavirus tests show why we need single-payer
Letter: We all need to make sacrifices to confront outbreak

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way mayor activates Emergency Operations Center; Permit Center closes for in-person business
Federal Way Public Schools provide much-needed meals for students during statewide school closure
CHI Franciscan suspends patient billing for COVID-19 testing, treatments

The Inlander
Washington lawmakers pass statewide plastic bag ban
Officials call for massive closures across the country as health care systems brace for more coronavirus patients
Islands’ Weekly
Coronavirus — national emergency and statewide school closures

Issaquah Reporter
Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak
Issaquah Mayor updates the community on COVID-19
King County COVID-19 deaths increase by 10 to 56
A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington jails limit new bookings over coronavirus concerns

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
COVID-19 updates: Deaths in Washington state rise to 65, 2 new cases identified in Kitsap
Albertsons, Safeway offer special shopping hours for vulnerable populations
Childcare in Kitsap prioritized for emergency and essential personnel
Drive-in theaters allowed to remain open during COVID-19 battle
Not all school districts planning to pay coaching stipends
U.S. state coronavirus curves show many could be close behind New York
‘It’s going to take all of us’: Public health officials urge community to heed precautions as pandemic settles in Kitsap
USA TODAY analysis: America’s coronavirus ‘curve’ may be at its most dangerous point
Two members of Congress test positive for coronavirus; Trump signs emergency aid package
Kitsap County Jail taking steps to reduce chance of COVID-19 infections

New York Times
The tech headaches of working from home and how to remedy them
Ahead of the pack, how Microsoft told workers to stay home amid coronavirus outbreak
Younger adults comprise big portion of coronavirus hospitalizations in U.S.
Need a coronavirus test? Being rich and famous may help
Coronavirus Live Updates: State Dept. Expected to Warn Against International Travel
A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded, Before Virus Outbreak
Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work
Trump Seeks $500 Billion in Checks for Taxpayers
Automakers to Close Factories in North America
‘We’re Petrified’: Immigrants Afraid to Seek Medical Care for Coronavirus

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington state’s coronavirus cases swell to 1,187 with more than 65 deaths reported
No residential evictions for 30 days because of coronavirus, Gov. Inslee announces
Libraries, book stores provide things to read, watch and do even when they’re closed
Olympia City Council declares public health emergency to fast-track coronavirus response
Thurston County courts delay trials, escalate response to coronavirus outbreak
Thurston County confirmed coronavirus count increases to 6

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula restaurants offer takeout, delivery options
Jefferson County government agencies close offices to public
Port Angeles City Council declares emergency
Clallam County sees first COVID-19 case
Chimacum student serves as House of Representatives page (Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tech companies still hiring despite mass lay-offs elsewhere
Washington weighs big bailouts to help U.S. economy survive coronavirusDurkan halts evictions of small businesses and nonprofits
Pandemic erodes gig economy work
Layoffs are just starting, and the forecasts are bleak

Renton Reporter
Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak
King County COVID-19 deaths increase by 10 to 56
Op-ed: To our elected officials: Be bold, be consistent, be honest, be helpful

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Coronavirus spread in a Kirkland nursing home for weeks, while response stalled
Coronavirus daily news updates: ‘Disturbing’ lack of airport screening, confusion at Canada border, fear at Boeing
Travelers describe ‘disturbing’ lack of coronavirus screening at Sea-Tac Airport
FYI Guy: Is one generation better at social-distancing than others? Gen X might have a leg up
Stay on campus or go home? For Washington students, coronavirus makes spring break a complicated gamble
Inslee says now not the time for a coronavirus ‘shelter in place’ order in Washington
Boeing workers increasingly angry, worried as coronavirus infections rise inside the factories
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and two UW experts will field your coronavirus questions. What do you want to know?
As coronavirus spreads, Bothell ventilator maker revs up production with ‘weight of the world on our shoulders’
Inslee orders temporary stop to evictions, other help for workers and businesses in response to coronavirus
Volunteers stay home, meal programs go to-go — and homeless feel the effect of social distancing from coronavirus
Bloomberg: Lufthansa to cut 95% of flights in survival mode
Miami Herald: Miami’s Mario Diaz-Balart is first member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus
New York Daily News: Harvey Weinstein headed to maximum-security prison in upstate NY
Op-Ed: Coronavirus: A good argument for Medicare for All
Editorial: David Calhoun’s Boeing criticism misses its most deserving target

Skagit Valley Herald
Few changes for Washington State Ferries
County food banks adapt to coronavirus

Spokesman Review
Inslee announces new aid package to help financial fallout from virus outbreak
Drive-thru coronavirus screening to open Friday in Spokane – but you need a doctor’s note
Inslee, Trump and local courts halt evictions, but some Spokane leaders say more action still needed
‘We are always, always on guard’: For those with underlying health conditions, distancing is matter of life or death
School lunch to go: Spokane district to begin distributing food Thursday
Learning doesn’t have to stop amid COVID-19 outbreak: Education experts offer tips, online resources for school at home
Opinion: Rep. Marcus Riccelli: Hungry kids can’t learn. Let’s feed them.

Tri-City Herald
It’s standing room only for cannabis retailers because of coronavirus
1st Tri-Cities death from coronavirus confirmed. It’s the second known case
Kadlec hospital stops elective surgery, closes some Tri-Cities clinics due to coronavirus pandemic
An ill Benton inmate is in isolation. Jail is still waiting for a coronavirus test kit
Editorial: A ‘bored media’ did not start a coronavirus panic. Dying people did. 

USA Today
Trump signals he’s open to federal government taking equity stake in companies – live updates
Coronavirus is slowing down search for census workers, could make it harder to count Americans

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Nationwide vote-by-mail needed to ensure fall election
Grocery workers get further support with growing pandemic demands

Washington Post
How to pet dogs during a coronavirus pandemic
Italy to extend lockdown as death toll mounts
China reports no new locally transmitted cases
As layoffs skyrocket, U.S. safety net’s holes become apparent
Dow falls despite central banks’ rescue plans
As labs pledge to make more test kits, here’s why testing may still lag
For those in need of a smile, a coronavirus love story
Megan Rapinoe wasn’t surprised by U.S. Soccer’s ‘unbelievable’ sentiments in legal filing
How to tackle the grocery store during coronavirus
Who are the lawmakers who have coronavirus, or have self-quarantined for it?
The elected officials who are still downplaying coronavirus
ICE to stop most immigration enforcement inside U.S., will focus on criminals during coronavirus outbreak
CBP temporarily shuts down ‘Trusted Traveler’ enrollment centers citing coronavirus concerns
CDC, the top U.S. public health agency, is sidelined during coronavirus pandemic
The Technology 202: Coronavirus puts a spotlight on telemedicine for gig workers
‘That can actually kill somebody’: Scam robocalls are pitching fake coronavirus tests to vulnerable Americans

Yakima Herald Republic
“Not summer vacation.” How Yakima County parents are adjusting to life with school canceled
Two Yakima health care facility workers infected; total cases in county rises to 9
A doctor’s advice: Tips on staying healthy and sane during the coronavirus outbreak
Editorial: Legislative session did have a few bright spots (Hobbs)



Coronavirus: Gov. Inslee places 30-day moratorium on evictions as case numbers increase
Temporary field hospital being built on Shoreline soccer field
Supply shortages shut down COVID-19 test site, has hospitals asking for donations
Local hospitals prepare for surge in coronavirus patients
Fake flyers spread false COVID-19 response in Olympia
Coronavirus live updates: Worldwide cases swell past 222,600 as global death toll tops 9,000
Patient at Western State Hospital tests positive for COVID-19

Drive-through coronavirus testing begins for UW Medicine patients
Health officials report first coronavirus death in Pierce County as cases there rise
British Columbia government welcomes border closure, widespread coronavirus restrictions
LISTEN: U.S. Rep. Kilmer talks plans to support small businesses amid coronavirus outbreak

Seattle bar owner says ‘it’s uncharted territory’ in coronavirus pandemic
Trump, Governors To Discuss Coronavirus Strategy As FEMA Takes Bigger Role
Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In The U.S. Near 10,000
Stock Markets Are Falling Again
Live coverage: COVID-19 in Seattle and Washington state
Federal Reserve Establishes Lending Facility To Back Up Money Market Mutual Funds
Filings For Unemployment Benefits Rise As Coronavirus Hits Job Market
Laid off in Seattle and thinking about the future
‘Panic-gogy’: Teaching Online Classes During The Coronavirus Pandemic
China Reports No New Domestic Cases, But Battles Coronavirus Imported From Abroad
Amazon Employee At New York Warehouse Tests Positive For Coronavirus
‘They’re Feeling Invincible’: White House Steps Up Warnings To Young Adults
Starbucks says it’s already recovering from the impact of COVID-19
Efforts continue to flatten the coronavirus curve
Worried about a shelter-in-place order? Well, we’re already doing it around Seattle anyway
The pros, cons, and privilege of online learning during a pandemic
March 18th | How novel coronavirus plays out on public transi
Stimulus Cash For Strapped Workers, With Few Places To Spend It
Gun sales spike alongside COVID-19 concerns in Western Washington
Small Businesses To Washington: Please Send Money Soon Or We Won’t Survive
Community health centers are on the front lines amid COVID-19 outbreak
U.S. Navy Hospital Ships To Deploy To New York, West Coast
What Seattle doctors have learned the hard way about coronavirus
Drive-through COVID-19 testing expands in Seattle
‘If it had to happen somewhere, this is a pretty good place,’ says top COVID-19 detective
Life In Lockdown: From Shock To Panic To … Acceptance

NW Public Radio
Social Distancing Yields Worries Of Blood Shortages As Donation Drives Get Canceled
Inslee Gives Washingtonians Eviction Protection; Little Asks Idahoans To Avoid Large Crowds
Washington Limits Federal Agents’ Ability To Arrest Undocumented People In Courthouses
Coronavirus Threatens Food Supply Chain As Farms Worry About Workers Getting Sick
Outside Coronavirus Epicenter, Northwest Health System Workers Brace For What’s Coming



Coronavirus has jail lawyers worried about safety — for clients and themselves
New WA state budget won’t solve problem of foster kids in crisis (Pollet, Senn, Valdez, Darnielle)
Why Native people ‘need to count’ in the 2020 census
How Washington allows clear-cut logging in cities that don’t want it
One couple, two coronavirus cases and wildly different symptoms

My Ballard
City to provide small business financial relief, halts evictions of small businesses and nonprofits

Seattle P.I.
Stay positive: Here are 23 pieces of good news regarding COVID-19
A complete guide of where, how Seattle public school students can pick up free lunches
Jobless claims jump by 70,000 as virus starts to take hold

Breaking Coronavirus News: Trump Signs Relief Bill, SIFF Is Canceled, Melania Trump Will Star in Coronavirus PSAs
A Scientist Talks About Learning to Live with COVID-19
As Courts Across the Country Postpone Cases, King County Superior Court Remains Maddeningly Open
From a Reader in Spain, a Warning on Public Parks During a Pandemic

Wednesday, March 18

Gov. Jay Inslee signing House Bill 2965.

Coronavirus: Gov. Inslee signs emergency aid bill as number of cases in Washington passes 1,000
Gov. Inslee signed a measure Tuesday drawing $200 million from the state’s emergency “rainy day” fund, with $175 million going to the public health system and the remainder to a dedicated unemployment fund for coronavirus impacts. The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately. Continue reading at Kiro7.

Food businesses are being urged to serve only take-out orders to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo taken at the Wasabi Store in Penn Station in New York, Monday, March 16th, 2020.

It’s Time To Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How
By now, you’ve heard the advice that to slow the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., we need to practice social distancing. But if you’re confused as to what that looks like in practice, we’ve got some answers. Continue reading at KUOW. (Pacific Press/Lightrocket)

New Washington State Patrol troopers taking part in a graduation ceremony raise their right hands and take the Oath of Office, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in the Rotunda at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The class of 31 troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training and will now work for the WSP across the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

WA commits $50K to investigate bias in State Patrol stops
In the wake of revelations that Washington State Patrol troopers search people of color at far higher rates than whites, the state Legislature has agreed to pay $50,000 to investigate bias in police stops. And in a related development, lawmakers approved funding designed to boost diversity in the ranks of state troopers, the overwhelming number of whom are male and white. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Ted S. Warren)


Associated Press
Trump: U.S., Canada to close border to nonessential travel
Stocks, oil sink again as recession fears batter markets
World virus infections pass 200,000, Europe’s borders jammed
5.7-magnitude quake shakes Utah, Salt Lake airport closed
Nevada governor shutters gambling, dining to halt virus 
Iran reports largest spike in coronavirus as 147 more die
Stocks, oil sink again as recession fears batter markets
Virus threatens labor for farms, food processors in PNW
Brown extends Oregon school closures to fight virus spread
Asian stocks higher after Trump promise of virus aid
Trump mulls sending all who cross border illegally to Mexico
Best strategies against virus: Track, isolate, communicate
What’s Happening: Inmates seek release, wars weaken defense
Trump: US, Canada to close border to nonessential travel
One mask a day for doctors in virus epicenter of Washington
Virus deaths hit 54, Inslee signs emergency aid bill
Department of Licensing closes service counters over virus concerns
Trump says US, Canada agree to close border to ‘non-essential traffic’
Coronavirus pandemic prompts lawmakers to push paid leave
Millennium loses appeal over coal dock shorelines permit
Virus threatens labor for farms, food processors in PNW
Death told [sic] from new coronavirus in Washington state hits 50
Millennium loses appeal over coal dock shorelines permit
One mask a day for doctors in virus epicenter of Washington
Washington-grown berries recalled for Norovirus concern
Food banks face virus dilemma: More demand, fewer volunteers
More wipes, no jeans: Amazon limits shipments to warehouses
State drivers licensing service offices closing due to virus
US governors expand shut downs amid coronavirus concerns
Hit by virus, US airlines seek aid far exceeding post-9/11

Aberdeen Daily World
Ocean Shores Cares, NB Senior Center are helping to feed self-quarantining residents
State says file for benefits right away if your job is affected by COVID
Some tribes shutting down casinos to slow spread of coronavirus
Businesses, offices around Harbor closing lobbies
Poll: 18% of US workers have lost jobs or hours since coronavirus hit

Auburn Reporter
COVID-19 severe blood shortage; Red Cross drives canceled; fewer donations
Western Washington Goodwills to close March 19 to April 2 due to COVID-19 concerns
A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs
Amazon donates $50,000 in supplies to Kent facility for COVID-19 response

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Lummi Nation announces two positive cases of coronavirus in Whatcom County
WIAA says spectator at Yakima state basketball tournament tests positive for COVID-19
Social Security offices close due to coronavirus. Here’s how you can still get help
‘It is best to consider that we have all had some contact’ with coronavirus, WWU says
Two more Whatcom residents test positive for coronavirus, Health Department says
Whatcom County restaurants adapt to restrictions, pushing to-go and delivery to survive
CBP Blaine Sector chief’s issues icy challenge to chiefs along northern U.S. border
So you’re working from home, but did you feel this earthquake Tuesday morning?
Coronavirus update: Tacoma city council confirms state of emergency proclamation
Coronavirus update: State driver’s licensing offices close
‘Much has changed’ since schools closed — here’s how Whatcom districts are responding
PeaceHealth sharply restricts visitors to Bellingham hospital amid COVID-19 outbreak
Gov. Inslee seeks major disaster declaration so more workers can get unemployment
Distillery making sanitizer for a strapped Washington hospital as coronavirus spreads
5.7-magnitude quake, swarm of aftershocks strike Utah near Salt Lake City, USGS reports
Facebook ‘bug’ mistakenly flags coronavirus news stories as spam
National Guard deployed in many states to help with coronavirus. What can they do?
World virus infections pass 200,000, Europe’s borders jammed
Baltimore scientists to work on third experimental coronavirus vaccine
Bothell Reporter
To our elected officials: Be bold, be consistent, be honest, be helpful

Capital Press
Coronavirus puts pressure on farm labor picture
Few virus impacts expected for wheat farmers
SBA offers loans in response to COVID-19
Cold snap nips cherry, apricot buds

Letter: Cleveland is effective legislator  (Cleveland)
Washington gears up to aid the suddenly unemployed

The Daily News
Local parents keep kids occupied with games, parks during school closure

Everett Herald (subscription required)
COVID-19 update: Restaurants, childcare, small businesses
No more pretty hair or feet: COVID-19 closes beauty salons
Please, people, stop hoarding! It can be harmful — even to you
Hospital ban on visitors makes a life-or-death choice harder
Everett to suspend evictions during coronavirus pandemic
Bloomberg: Boeing stock tumbles after it seeks $60B government bailout

Federal Way Mirror
King County Sheriff to immediately stop enforcing court-ordered evictions
Federal Way Municipal Court to reschedule hearings to prevent spread of COVID-19
Serenity on screen: Pacific Bonsai Museum closed to public, offers virtual tours
Islands’ Weekly
Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools (Lekanoff)
View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online

Issaquah Reporter
King County Sheriff to immediately stop enforcing court-ordered evictions
King County Library System closures and other coronavirus responses
New quarantine locations to open on Eastside
A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs
Companywide, Boeing reports 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19
COVID-19 severe blood shortage; Red Cross drives canceled; fewer donations

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Charter review commission to be elected in 2020
Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

Kent Reporter
House Majority leader Sullivan retiring from state Legislature (Sullivan, Jinkins)

Kirkland Reporter
A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs
A look inside the Kirkland Emergency Operations Center
New quarantine locations to open on Eastside

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s most vulnerable workers allowed to go home amid coronavirus concerns
Kitsap Superior Court closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19
Mason County sees first positive COVID-19 test
As COVID-19 response grows, people stay home and ferries run light
Olympic High grad living in Italy faces coronavirus lockdown with his family
Kitsap food banks shift to meet growing demands of COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus prompts closures at both tribal casinos in Kitsap County

New York Times
U.S. virus plan anticipates 18-month pandemic and widespread shortages
Resources for child care and at-home learning for kids to teens as we wait out coronavirus closures
Coronavirus Live Updates: Nations Pledge Trillions to Stave Off Economic Catastrophe
Layoffs Are Just Starting, and the Forecasts Are Bleak

Olympian (subscription required)
Spectator at 1A, 2A basketball championships in Yakima tests positive for COVID-19
1st Mason County resident tests positive for coronavirus
Massive layoffs as McMenamins temporarily shuts down sites in Oregon, Washington
Olympia officials call fake proclamation posted on downtown businesses ‘shameful’
Trump says U.S. closing border with Canada. ‘Temporary’ for coronavirus response
Albertsons and Safeway offer special hours for shoppers at risk of coronavirus issues
Has your business closed because of COVID-19? Thurston economic officials ready to help
Olympia restaurants improvise to stay open while state’s COVID-19 limits are in place
Thurston commissioners agree to delay April courthouse vote due to COVID-19

Peninsula Daily News
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Black Ball ferry service to continue
Bloodworks Northwest to hold bloodrive in Forks
Clallam County issues emergency declaration
Port Townsend declares state of emergency
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to conduct most business by phone
OlyCAP offices closed to public
Peninsula Home Fund relaunched to help in crisis
Fourth COVID-19 case discovered on North Olympic Peninsula
Peninsula restaurants offer takeout, delivery options
How social distancing works and what it means for you
EYE ON CONGRESS: Senate takes on coronavirus economic aid  (Van De Wege)
Opinion: Jefferson Healthcare responds to COVID-19

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle chamber study outlines severity of coronavirus impact on businesses
Opinion: Support Washington’s small businesses during time of crisis
Amazon suspends shipments of nonessential items to its fulfillment centers
White House outlines tax, stimulus plans to head off coronavirus effects on businesses, ‘American workers’

Renton Reporter
Councilmember Văn proposes eviction moratorium

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Surge of coronavirus patients expected as officials marshal emergency supplies, health workers test positive
State health officials looking for more medical equipment to combat coronavirus
Coronavirus daily news updates, March 18: Drive-thru tests, a border closure and more
What I want you to know about coronavirus, from a Seattle woman who recovered from COVID-19
Westneat: ‘People are having a hard time believing’: Virus hits home at Seattle’s Leschi Market
A Lummi Nation doctor is self-quarantined. But the tribe has been preparing for weeks for a coronavirus outbreak.
Boeing and the airlines seek massive bailout; critics ask about sharing the benefit
Why are people hoarding toilet paper during the coronavirus pandemic?
Seattle-area health care systems begin drive-through coronavirus testing for patients
During coronavirus closures, Seattle schools try to provide pandemic-proof lunch
Could Seattle tax big businesses like Amazon for coronavirus relief? Sawant, Morales issue call as crisis worsens
Secretary of State Kim Wyman asks Inslee to cancel April special elections over coronavirus concerns
Most encampment removals in Seattle put on ‘pause’ to prioritize coronavirus outreach, city says
Resources for child care and at-home learning for kids to teens as we wait out coronavirus closures
Rant and Rave: Panic shopping is problematic
After losing contact with homeless plaintiffs, ACLU lawyers ask court to dismiss case against the city of Seattle
Coronavirus travel cancellation woes drag down Expedia’s systems, making refunds difficult to obtain
Nonprofits, small businesses hurt by coronavirus can tap up to $2M in federal loans
Costco aims to lift online sales with $1 billion purchase of logistics firm
Seattle government expecting revenue loss of more than $100 million as result of coronavirus
How should you best wash produce? A guide to home food-safety tips amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus puts Seattle-area grocery workers on front lines of pandemic
Op-Ed: Exercise away the COVID-19 blues
Editorial: Update internet regulations to save journalism

Seattle Weekly
Amazon donates $50,000 in supplies to Kent facility for COVID-19 response
COVID-19 severe blood shortage; Red Cross drives canceled; fewer donations
King County Library System closures and other coronavirus responses
How are faith communities responding to the coronavirus pandemic?
Companywide, Boeing reports 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19
A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes declares an emergency
Libraries, museum offer opportunities despite closures
COVID-19 shutdown forces some businesses to close, others keep fighting
Cleanups being planned for old Anacortes water plant, landfill

Snoqualmie Valley Record
New quarantine locations to open on Eastside
A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs

Spokesman Review
Bloomsday postponed until September because of coronavirus concerns
93% of Spokane County residents will see property tax increase this year
A check from federal government would be quickest way to spur economic activity amid coronavirus, Inland Northwest experts say
Dozens released from Spokane County custody following Municipal Court emergency order
Disaster declaration opens Spokane County businesses to government loans
Keeping it local: Apprenticeship program helps Inchelium clinic keep, promote staff
Inslee: State considering more restrictions to fight virus spread
Dry Fly Distilling will produce hand sanitizer spray, distribute in Spokane for free
All 50 states report confirmed COVID-19 cases as Washington eclipses 1,000; North Idaho reports no positives
Opinion: Joanna James: Government needs to aid restaurants with employee paid leave
Opinion: Shawn Vestal: No-Li Brewhouse exemplifies the spirit of helping each other during coronavirus outbreak (Riccelli)

Tri-City Herald
Legends Casino closes for the rest of March due to coronavirus
5 Tri-Cities groceries set special hours for seniors and others most at risk from coronavirus
More than 50 coronavirus deaths and over 1,000 confirmed cases reported in Washington state
Live updates: Hanford workers tested for COVID-19, Richland library restrictions and more
CBC delays start of spring quarter. Classes move online to slow coronavirus spread
1st coronavirus case in Tri-Cities confirmed by health district

USA Today
After coronavirus school closings, will states need to hold kids back, institute summer school?

Vancouver Business Journal
Treasurer halts delinquent tax collections, offers business tax relief

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Hoarding of supplies during pandemic shameful
Op-ed: Jason Mercier: 2020 state legislative session was unlike any other

Washington Post
A chilling scientific paper helped upend U.S. and U.K. coronavirus strategies
It’s ‘quarantini’ time. People say cheers to video happy hours when they’re stuck at home.
White House plan aims to send $2,000 to many Americans, includes $300 billion for small businesses
The best stimulus plan? Keep workers on payrolls.
Dow drops more than 1,300 points at open
DIY nasal swabs, drive-throughs, labs in overdrive: Americans are desperate for more virus testing
Perspective: Hello from Italy. Your future is grimmer than you think.
Fact Checker: What did Dr. Fauci say about coronavirus testing ‘failing’?
Opinion: China’s coronavirus propaganda campaign is putting lives at risk
Opinion: We can’t escape another recession. Keep these three questions in mind.
Opinion: How to ensure fairness in an all-mail voting system
Opinion: This is the biggest blunder in presidential history
‘NOT TRUE’: Oprah Winfrey debunks bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory spreading across the Internet
Bars learn the hard way that ‘shut-it-down’ for coronavirus means exactly that
Ex-congressman Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months in prison

Whidbey News-Times
WhidbeyHealth opens drive-thru testing
City looks at raising marina revenue

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley school districts begin free meal distribution to youths
City of Yakima updates residents about coronavirus response
“All our employees will remain whole.” Yakima County school officials say layoffs are not in the plans


Real-time updates: US, Canada to temporarily close border to slow spread of coronavirus
Washington woman, 106, who lived 1918 Spanish flu shares coronavirus advice
Safeway, Albertsons reserve store hours for those most vulnerable to coronavirus
Can coronavirus spread on mail? United States Postal service issues statement
Eviction relief offered in Seattle, King County during coronavirus outbreak
Who qualifies for Washington unemployment during the coronavirus outbreak?
Cry for help prompts retiree, school nurse to join coronavirus fight

Gov. Inslee signs emergency aid bill as number of cases in Washington passes 1,000
US-Canada border to be temporarily closed, Trump says
Seattle DOT creates food pick-up priority signs to help restaurants stay afloat
Some local grocery stores offer special hours for seniors, other vulnerable people
Despite Governor’s urgings to ‘shelter in place,’ many seniors say they’ll risk leaving home
Where are the COIVD-19 drive-thru test sites in Western Washington?
Tacoma offers businesses and families relief during COVID-19 outbreak
Seahawks appearing at Bloodworks Northwest to encourage fans to donate
Coronavirus pandemic taking toll on people’s mental health
Managing mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: 7 tips from a behavioral health consultant
Coronavirus: White House proposes sending checks to every American
State drivers licensing service offices closed due to coronavirus
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport averaging 34,000 fewer passengers per day than this time last year
Most large casinos closing in Western Washington

Tents presumably for COVID-19 testing pop up in Burien, mysteriously vanish next day (Orwall)
Coronavirus death toll pushes past 50 with fatalities in King, Snohomish and Clark
Seattle to create temporary loading zones in front of restaurants for easier take out
‘There’s a lot of stress’: Auburn ER doc outlays local challenges battling COVID-19
Tents presumably for COVID-19 testing pop up in Burien, mysteriously vanish next day
Volunteers making ‘homemade’ masks to combat shortages caused by COVID-19
Gov. Brown extends closure of Oregon’s schools through April 28

Parents enroll their kids in Washington’s public online schools amid coronavirus outbreak
Bars and restaurants struggle with Washington’s latest shutdown order
Outside coronavirus epicenter, doctors improvise and brace for what’s coming
Senators in Capitol as Trump pushes for more coronavirus aid, checks for public
Seattle Children’s says four patients have tested positive for COVID-19; all are home recovering
As more people stay home, virtual medicine expands in response to the coronavirus
Coronavirus resources: Guidance and latest numbers from agencies across Washington
Coronavirus makes lines at DMV anathema with Real ID deadline fast approaching
Canadian prime minister announces border closure to limit spread of novel coronavirus

Why you should cool it on the road during coronavirus outbreak in Washington
Coronavirus Crisis: Still Dividing Americans More Than Uniting Them?
Trump Shuts Border With Canada, Blames ‘Chinese Virus’ As Coronavirus Spreads
‘A Socioeconomic Tsunami’: How The World Is Dealing With Pandemic
COVID-19 Threatens Food Supply Chain As Farms Worry About Workers Falling Ill
Pence Warns Coronavirus Outbreak Could Last ‘Well Into July’
Coronavirus debrief: Tuesday edition
The Bay Area has been ordered to shelter-in-place. What does that entail?
5 things to know about SeaTac Airport now
March 17th | How Washington schools persist through pandemic-driven closures
Social Distancing Leads To Blood Shortage
Internet Traffic Surges As Companies And Schools Send People Home
It’s Time To Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How
White House Pushes for Quick, Direct Payments To Americans In Response To Coronavirus
Are U.S. Hospitals Ready?
Poll: Nearly 1 In 5 Households Have Lost Work Because Of Pandemic
The Wild: The wildlife super dog that can save us from bears
NW Public Radio
How Inland Northwest School Districts Plan To Get Students Fed During Coronavirus Closure
Coronavirus Makes Long DMV Lines A No-No With Real ID Deadline Fast Approaching
‘Hours Count.’ Governor Officially Orders Washington Businesses Close; Counties Adapt To Help

Q13 TV (Fox)
Coronavirus deaths surpass 50 in Washington, Inslee signs emergency aid bill
Worried about bills? Here’s what internet, utility companies are doing to help
WHO and CDC never discussed providing international test kits to the US, global health agency says
How COVID-19 is impacting local law enforcement response


B-Town Blog
Coronavirus testing tents removed from CVS Pharmacy parking lot in Burien (Orwall)

Civic Skunkworks
Coronavirus Is Breaking Our Economy. A Middle-Out Stimulus Package Can Fix It.

Coronavirus turns Seattle into America’s laboratory
Emergency coronavirus spending caps WA legislative session (Das, Rolfes)
Coronavirus outbreak prompts call for ICE to release at-risk detainees
WA commits $50K to investigate bias in State Patrol stops (Lekanoff)
Opinion: 3 things local leaders must do to protect workers during coronavirus
Meet a Seattle scientist racing toward a coronavirus vaccine

Pierce County: Criminals ‘not getting a pass’ during coronavirus outbreak
State government describes early relief measures for small business owners
Safeway and Albertsons to announce seniors-only shopping hours
UW Medicine drive-through coronavirus testing opens for patients in Northgate

Seattle P.I.
Bringing the zoo to you: Woodland Park Zoo releases heartwarming video of baby gorilla and mother
A comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for Washington residents
Amazon, Safeway, Albertsons hiring thousands of new employees in wake of COVID-19
King County Sheriff’s Office won’t carry out evictions amid COVID-19 outbreak
US, Canada to close border to nonessential travel

Struggling Cruise Ship Corporations Should Not Get Aid From the US Government
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone
Breaking Coronavirus News: McMenamins Lays Off Nearly 3,000 Employees, Be Kind to Your Grocers
Seattle Parks in the Age of Social Distancing: What’s Allowed?
Coronavirus Updates: These Seattle Events Will Be Livestreamed This Week: March 17-22, 2020
Seattle and 4Culture Announce New Funding Relief Packages for the Arts
Drag Shows Are Going Digital
Council President Lorena Gonzalez Cuts Maternity Leave Short Because of COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, March 17

The Northwest Detention Center

Vulnerable immigrant detainees should be released in response to pandemic, lawsuit says
Two nonprofits sued Monday to seek the release of vulnerable immigration detainees from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in U.S. District Court. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Dean J. Koepfler)

 People demonstrating their support for clean-energy legislation hold signs in the capitol rotunda, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

Climate activists disappointed by session outcome: new goals set, but action lags behind
The end of this year’s legislative session has been overshadowed by the coronavirus outbreak. The session started with high hopes for new state policies to reduce climate warming greenhouse gas pollution, stoked by youth climate strikes as well as cities and the Puyallup Tribe declaring climate emergencies. Continue reading at KNKX. (Ted S. Warren)

First day of no school: How Washington school districts are responding to coronavirus closures
By Tuesday, the first day of Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate to close K-12 schools statewide, school districts still grappled with their new challenge: how to carry on serving their students’ basic needs without holding a school day. Even in places like Seattle Public Schools, whose closure announcement predated the governor’s six-week order to shut down, school employees had only a matter of hours to respond before their buildings locked indefinitely. Continue reading at The Seattle Times.


Associated Press 
State drivers licensing service offices closing due to virus 
Rights groups sue for detainee release over virus concerns 
Government issues historic restrictions amid virus outbreak 
As the coronavirus pandemic grows, gun sales are surging in many states 
This isn’t the first time a virus caused social panic. The Spanish flu did too 
Automakers dodged parts shortage, but virus poses new threat  
US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears  
States turn to cash reserves as coronavirus strains budgets  
‘He’s an inmate’: Anguish mounts over virus-hit nursing home  
Schools scramble to feed students after coronavirus closures  
Pentagon reconsiders Microsoft contract after Amazon protest  
Coronavirus forces small businesses to rethink strategies 
White House seeks $850 billion economic stimulus 
Arlington Times 
Tulalip, Stilly tribes close gaming facilities 
Auburn Reporter 
City of Auburn closes City Hall and Annex Service Center to public 
Muckleshoot Tribal Council declares state of emergency, closes tribe’s casino and bingo operations 
Inslee calls for statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and expanded social gathering limits 
Local firefighters quarantined 
Bothell Reporter 
Volunteer gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine test 
US governors expand shut downs amid coronavirus concerns 
Inslee orders all bars/restaurants to close to fight virus 
Rights groups sue for detainee release over virus concerns 
Stocks move higher on Wall Street after worst drop since ’87 
Asian shares bounce after Wall St dive, recession warning 
As pandemic spreads, China’s ex-epicenter down to 1 new case 
AP Exclusive: Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses 
Mnuchin: Trump wants checks sent to public in virus response 
Stocks move higher on Wall Street after worst drop since ’87 
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson reportedly released from hospital 
Amazon to hire 100,000 to keep up with surge in orders as coronavirus spreads 
Majority of county buildings closed to public access 
Hoquiam City Hall closed to the public beginning Tuesday 
Most Harbor restaurants still cooking 
Schools planning for resources, food service, limited child care 
Grays Harbor County Sheriff activates county emergency operations center 
Bellingham Herald (subscription required) 
Whatcom school districts begin answering questions after governor’s statewide closure 
Whatcom schools have been closed for coronavirus. Why are child care centers open? 
Essential services will continue through outbreak, officials in Whatcom County say 
Whatcom Health reports 129 negative test results for COVID-19 on Monday, March 16 
‘Stocking up’ cleans out some Whatcom shelves as shoppers told to ‘buy just what you need’ 
As temporary business closures start Tuesday, Whatcom owners work on next steps 
Canadian PM announces closing border to most non-citizens to slow coronavirus spread 
Coronavirus update: Clinical trial for vaccine starts in Seattle 
‘For the next several weeks, normal is not in our game plan’ 
Protective equipment supplies for coronavirus ‘inadequate’ in Washington, D.C. lawmakers warn 
Closure of restaurants, bars in Washington state will last 2 weeks and may be extended 
Vulnerable immigrant detainees should be released in response to pandemic, lawsuit says 
The US has tested 25,000 for coronavirus. South Korea tests 10,000 a day. 
Coronavirus briefing: 15 days of social distancing, and other updates for March 17 
Shortage of life-saving ventilators in coronavirus crisis has White House scrambling 
Coronavirus crisis could last well into the summer — July or August, Trump says 
Is coronavirus lingo confusing you? Here are 10 important terms you should understand 
Bothell Reporter 
Bars, gyms and more ordered closed in Washington state 
Capital Press 
Washington FFA postpones state convention to August 
The Columbian 
In Our View: This type of sunshine is a powerful disinfectant 
In Our View: Inslee wise to plot cautious course with virus 
Cheers & Jeers: Apples shine; toilet paper to-do 
In Our View: Congress should support workers amid outbreak 
Everett Herald (subscription required) 
Closures put restaurant owners in a fight for their lives 
Companywide, Boeing reports 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 
Bars, restaurants, gyms shut doors statewide due to COVID-19
Government closures continue amid coronavirus concerns
County to tackle a development side effect: invasive plants
Editorial: Americans need help with sacrifices now required
WaPoCommentary: State, local goverment best bet to fight outbreak 

Washington state to close bars, restaurants and other businesses to combat the coronavirus 
Inslee orders K-12 schools closed in Washington — Spokane Public Schools will offer child care to some, meals 
Issaquah Reporter  
‘We’re just kind of in limbo’: Eastside businesses feeling significant economic effects amid coronavirus pandemic 
Buyers want bullets, not just toilet paper 
Live COVID-19 Coverage: March 16 
Watch a replay of the governor’s Monday news conference here 
Kent Reporter 
Local lawmakers sponsor legislative pages during session in Olympia (EntenmanOrwallGregerson) 
News Tribune (subscription required) 
Gig Harbor’s hospital “mission control” playing key role in coronavirus crisis
Looking for something to do at home? Why not fill out the U.S. Census? 
Olympian (subscription required) 
Kitsap businesses face uncertainty in wake of Inslee’s shutdown order 
While others shut down, shipyard, Navy work continues, even as coronavirus spreads 
Kitsap-area schools: childcare and meal services during closure a work in progress 
How to talk about COVIC-19 misinformation 
Bainbridge Island announces new police chief selection 
Trump says he’s looking at ‘big, bold’ economic stimulus package, including sending checks to Americans 
Live results from Washington’s 2020 presidential primary election 
Coronavirus update: Seven in Kitsap have tested positive for COVID-19 
Coronavirus updates: Stocks rally, $1,000 for all considered, blood donors needed, death toll reaches 91 
Amid coronavirus fears, people still living their lives 
Thurston County announces more confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, total rises to 5 
Closure of restaurants, bars in Washington state will last 2 weeks and may be extended 
Protective equipment supplies for coronavirus ‘inadequate’ in Washington, D.C. lawmakers warn 
Updated: See a map of Washington state counties with reported coronavirus cases 
Local school districts offer grab-and-go meals during coronavirus closure 
Community Foundation, United Way launch Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund 
Biden wins Washington primary, capturing 5 out of 6 states 
Police department in Whatcom asks for ‘nefarious behavior to cease’ due to coronavirus 
An act of violence, an act of kindness as Thurston County grapples with COVID-19 
Puget Sound Business Journal
Coronavirus testing website goes live and quickly hits capacity
Alaska Air Group reveals immediate cuts, other financial measures to protect airline
Opinion: Washington employers should prepare for significant changes to overtime rules 

The Renton Reporter 
Buyers want bullets, not just toilet paper 
The Seattle Times 
‘Try getting it yourselves,’ Trump tells governors seeking ventilators in coronavirus outbreak 
‘There is plenty of food in the country.’ Then why are store shelves empty? 
Coronavirus call centers stumble in Washington state: glitches, lack of staff, contradicting messages 
Coronavirus daily news updates, March 17: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state, and the nation 
Seattle restaurants, bars and nightclubs say coronavirus-induced shutdown adds to their pain 
King County leaders ask Gov. Jay Inslee to delay property tax bills in hardship cases amid coronavirus pandemic 
‘Social distancing is impossible in a preschool’: Child care during coronavirus 
Seattle small-business owners rally to support one another through coronavirus crisis 
Seattle will provide $800 each in supermarket vouchers to thousands of families during coronavirus crisis 
Nordstrom to shutter all its stores to limit coronavirus spread 
First day of no school: How Washington school districts are responding to coronavirus closures 
23 fun activities to do with kids using stuff you already have at home, as you wait out coronavirus closures 
Alaska Air cuts flights, and CEO cuts own pay to zero, as coronavirus crisis hits airline’s bookings 
Regional real estate group acts to halt open houses to fight spread of coronavirus 
Seattle government expecting revenue loss of more than $100 million as result of coronavirus 
Joe Biden wins Washington presidential primary, beating Bernie Sanders in state he won four years ago 
King County will not pursue sales tax for bus service, citing coronavirus outbreak 
For Seattle restaurants in the coronavirus era, the new normal is delivery and dread 
Washington state leads the nation in midwifery care, giving women another childbirth option 
Op-Ed: Coronavirus: Underfunding nursing homes has real-life consequences for workers 
Editorial: Washington’s schoolkids shouldn’t fall through the cracks during the coronavirus pandemic — or at any time 
LTE: Coronavirus isolation: Another generational benefit 
Op-Ed: The importance of youth lobbying 
Skagit Valley Herald 
Cleanups being planned for old Anacortes water plant, landfill 
Schools close their doors 
Sedro-Woolley, Burlington declare public health emergencies 
‘It’s so uncertain’: businesses anxious as novel coronavirus spreads  
County making an effort to contain the coronavirus  
Low blood supply emergency due to COVID-19 concerns  
Skagit County coronavirus update: fourth case confirmed  
Amazon limits shipments to warehouses for next 3 weeks 
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
‘We’re just kind of in limbo’: Eastside businesses feeling significant economic effects amid coronavirus pandemic 
Watch a replay of the governor’s Monday news conference here 
Spokane health providers tighten policies, cancel elective surgeries in anticipation for more COVID-19 cases; people urged to ‘stay home’ 
Spokane schools will have free meals for all students ready by Thursday 
Davenport hotel closures leave hundreds without jobs; Northern Quest shuts down after visitor tests positive for COVID-19 
Inslee, others urge Washington to ‘hunker down’ 
Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 to keep up with surge in orders 
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Editorial: Canceling school for six weeks was prudent decision 
State suspends rest area coffee program 
The Washington Post 
Trump administration seeks stimulus as daily life is upended 
Many businesses, schools stay closed across U.S., Europe 
Roughly $850 billion economic package to be presented to Congress 
Treasury, Fed take steps to revive corporate debt market 
Testing positive: One D.C. woman’s week-long passage from perfect health into the grip of a ferocious virus 
Amazon warehouse workers sound alarms about spread of virus 
Suddenly, Fox News sings a very different tune about virus 
Opinion: Your favorite Nikes might be made from forced labor. Here’s why. 
Devin Nunes’s bad clean-up effort on his coronavirus comments 
There really was a ‘Typhoid Mary,’ an asymptomatic carrier who infected her employers 
How fighting the NCAA became a bipartisan sport 
A timeline of Trump playing down the coronavirus threat 
What it’s like to be a single parent in a pandemic 
Jails and prisons suspend visitation to keep coronavirus from spreading 
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus response has become a national guide to the crisis 
‘We overreacted,’ people will say if the worst doesn’t happen. Don’t listen. 
The Technology 202: Other countries use surveillance to fight coronavirus. Privacy advocates worry the U.S. could follow. 
Trump announced Google was building a virus screening tool. Then someone had to build it 
In fast-moving pandemic, sources of falsehoods spread by text, email, WhatsApp and TikTok elude authorities 
Wenatchee World 
At this bank’s drive-thru, people deposit coronavirus tests 
Yakima Herald Republic
Local businesses worried about closures but want to help limit coronavirus
Yakima restaurants and their employees face an uncertain future amid state-ordered closure
Yakima schools empty Monday on first day of statewide shutdown
Readers of all ages stock up as Yakima Valley libraries close to the public
A note to our readers: Coronavirus outbreak forces YHR to close its main office to the public
Law enforcement, courts modify services to fight spread of COVID-19 


Real-time updates: Washington schools, restaurants, other businesses closed amid coronavirus outbreak 
No school for Washington students, but districts are giving out free meals 
UW expands drive-up coronavirus testing for non-employees 
Seattle to give $5 million in grocery vouchers amid coronavirus outbreak 
King County announces new coronavirus isolation sites in Issaquah and Bellevue 
Coronavirus: ‘There is no need to hoard food or supplies,’ governor says 
Drive-through COVID-19 test sites built with few specific details 
6 new coronavirus fatalities reported in King County as death toll rises 
‘Hours count’: Inslee formally announces statewide restaurant, bar shutdown for COVID-19 
Seattle hospitals running dangerously low on protective gear 
Tacoma business owners bracing for closures due to coronavirus 
Seattle restaurants suffering under COVID-19 closures 
Hiring frenzy among grocery outlets, delivery services during COVID-19 outbreak 
Strange times in Seattle: Coronavirus turns our world upside down 
Oregon, Wash. consider unemployment benefits for parents taking off work to watch kids 
‘Hours count.’ Gov. Inslee orders businesses to close to limit spread of novel coronavirus 
Climate activists disappointed by session outcome: new goals set, but action lags behind 
Coronavirus: ‘Radical Change’ To Life; Only 1 U.S. State Has Not Reported A Case 
Paid Leave Vs The Pandemic 
March 16th | Increasingly restrictive rules as Washington fights to control coronavirus’ spread 
‘We’re going to be tested.’ 
Canceled oral arguments, mandatory telework. Coronavirus forces emergency measures at WA agencies 
Insurers Cover Fewer Drugs, Leaving Some Patients Struggling To Get Needed Treatments 
Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Coronavirus In The U.S. 
America Closed: Thousands Of Stores, Resorts, Theaters Shut Down 
Amazon To Hire 100,000 Workers To Meet ‘Surge In Demand’ 
Several Seattle-area hospital workers infected with COVID-19 
Federal Courts Scramble To Adapt To Disruptions From Coronavirus Pandemic 
COVID-19 Has Caused A Shortage Of Face Masks. But They’re Surprisingly Hard To Make 
Spiking Demand For Sanitizer, Canned Goods Leaves Stores Struggling To Keep Up 
NW Public Radio 
‘Hours Count.’ Governor Officially Orders Washington Businesses Close; Counties Adapt To Help 
Coronavirus Prompts News Mandatory Work Measures At Washington State Agencies 
President Trump Says Coronavirus Guidance Includes Avoiding Gatherings Of More Than 10 People 
Rural Hospitals Brace For Coronavirus Impacts. Here’s How Grangeville, Idaho Is Preparing 
Six more deaths in Washington as coronavirus cases top 900 
Health officials warn US government does not have enough stockpiled medical equipment to deal with coronavirus 
Volunteers fight coronavirus by testing new experimental vaccine in Seattle 
‘This is bigger than all of us’ – Restaurants, bars, entertainment venues close statewide


Bars and restaurants close statewide to prevent spread of virus 
Seattle P.I. 
Coronavirus forces closures 
‘Leave some for your neighbors’ officials urge as Seattle grocers struggle to keep shelves full 
Message to Americans from British Columbia health minister: ‘Don’t come’ 
More than 6,000 Seattle families impacted by COVID-19 to get grocery vouchers from city 
Grocery stores, pharmacies in Seattle adjust hours in response to COVID-19 outbreak 
Here’s how you can help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak 
The Stranger 
Coronavirus Updates:These Seattle Restaurants Are Offering Delivery and Takeout Specials and Promotions 
Tim Eyman Responds to My Questions About His Dumb, Virus-Inviting Party 
King County Businesses Are Closed, But Its Courtrooms Are Full 
King County Residents Urged to “Self Quarantine” as Inslee Expands Social Distancing Measures 
Even More Bad News—Light Rail Construction Has Been Extended 
Elliott Bay Recognizes Its Book Sellers’ Union 

Monday, March 16

 The Washington Capitol building is seen on the last day of the 60-day legislative session, Thursday, March 12, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were finishing up their work amid concerns of the state's coronavirus outbreak. (Rachel La Corte / AP)

Legislature tackled other issues along with COVID-19
Washington’s 2020 legislative session can be divided into two distinct parts: before cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the state, and after. In that first half – which by the time the Legislature adjourned Thursday evening seemed months, not weeks, ago – there were big concerns like growing numbers of homeless residents in urban and rural areas, a delay in transportation projects and worries about what was being done with personal data on the internet. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Rachel La Corte)

 Washington lawmakers convened at the state capitol building in January for what they thought would be a very different 60-day session than what it turned out to be. The response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington significantly changed plans. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

What Passed, What Didn’t In 2020 Washington Legislature (Hint: Coronavirus Changed Plans)
What a difference 60 days makes. When Washington lawmakers arrived in Olympia in mid-January for a short election-year session, the state’s economy was riding high, homelessness and housing were top of mind and there was talk of trying to expel Republican state Rep. Matt Shea from the House. As the Legislature adjourned Thursday, 60 days felt like a lifetime ago. A surreal “new normal” had taken hold as Washington finds itself in the grips of a global coronavirus pandemic — which poses a threat not just to the public, but also to the economy and to state revenues. Continue reading at Northwest Public Broadcasting. (Ted S. Warren)

Bag with CDC box and COVID-labeled bottles

Bars, gyms and more ordered closed in Washington state
All gatherings with more than 50 people will be prohibited in Washington state beginning Monday when Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign an emergency proclamation to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The order will not apply to restaurants, which will be able to provide take-out and delivery services, but in-person dining will be prohibited. Additionally, grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open. Continue reading at The Federal Way Mirror.


Associated Press
Seattle shuts down schools for 53,000 students
Oregon governor takes sweeping action to cut global warming
Stocks lose 8% on Wall Street as more businesses shut doors
Supreme Court postpones arguments because of virus outbreak
Inslee to order all bars and restaurants to close Tuesday
Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday
Washington state coronavirus death toll hits 40
Stocks nosedive on Wall Street, triggering trading halt
Inslee to order all bars/restaurants to close to vight [sic] virus
Two more deaths in King County; COVID toll hits 42 statewide
Washington health officials short on supplies to fight virus
COVID-19 response became legislative priority in Washington (Rolfes)
Judge indicates car tab initiative could go into effect
Washington lawmakers set to adjourn legislative session (Billig, Ormsby)
Virus prompts both WSU and EWU to move most classes online
Coronavirus response included in final WA budget plan (Billig, Ormsby, Rolfes)
Washington state residents divided on removal of dams
Measure repealing Boeing tax break passes state Senate
Report: Nuclear waste cleanup efforts could be delayed
First COVID-19 vaccine trial starts Monday in Seattle, government official says
Aberdeen Daily World
Governor will shut down bars and restaurants to stop spread
Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Monday to Discuss COVID-19
What we know: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Council votes to move homeless camp to Michigan Street
First case of COVID-19 reported in Grays Harbor
Commissioners declare a state of emergency
Local health officials answer your COVID-19 questions
Ocean Shores FD transported man who tested positive for COVID-19
Takko secures funding for US 12-rail separation project (Takk0)

Arlington Times
Arlington schools to close Monday for six weeks amid COVID-19 outbreak
Schools, elder care facilities, churches, city adapt to life disrupted by COVID-19
Legislative briefly
Auburn Reporter
City Council ratifies state of emergency, suspends some of its own meeting rules
House Majority leader Sullivan retiring from state Legislature (Sullivan)
King County making changes, improvements at its Kent quarantine/isolation facility
Auburn schools to close March 16 to April 24, per governor’s 3-county order
Auburn School District to provide free lunch sites for kids during closure
KCLS closes libraries to prevent COVID-19 spread
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Legislative session ends with plenty of hits and misses (Sullivan)
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington state agencies answer COVID-19 questions about crowds, childcare, job loss
Coronavirus briefing: Airports in chaos and other updates for Sunday, March 15
Here’s how to talk to kids about coronavirus without scaring them, experts say
Third Whatcom resident tests positive for coronavirus, Health Department says Sunday
Whatcom Health reports Saturday that 95 tests have come back negative for COVID-19
Whatcom schools to close next week by governor’s executive order
Lummi Nation only providing essential services after employee’s positive coronavirus test
Whatcom County Jail restricts inmate visitation due to coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus update: Clinical trial for vaccine starts in Seattle
Restaurants, bars ordered closed temporarily in Washington state over coronavirus concerns
Amazon says ‘household staples’ are out of stock, deliveries delayed amid coronavirus
‘Stocking up’ cleans out some Whatcom shelves as shoppers told to ‘buy just what you need’
What to know Saturday about coronavirus impacts in Washington state
Fierce winds cut power to thousands of Whatcom residents
Inslee to order all bars/restaurants to close to fight virus
Party’s over: 4 states close bars, restaurants over virus
Military bases with possible PFAS water contamination rise. Is yours on the list?
Coronavirus vaccine test opens as US volunteer gets 1st shot
When will toilet paper return to store shelves amid coronavirus fears?
Capital Press
Senate OKs letting WSDA judge pesticide (Rolfes, Blake)
In aftermath of flood, rural community members help one another rebuild
In Our View: Lawmakers must do better for good of public
The Daily News
Census 2020 notifications in the mail
Cowlitz PUD, City of Rainier to restrict public access due to coronavirus
Shoppers stock up on groceries, toilet paper in response to coronavirus
Capitol Dispatch: Lawmakers secure funds for Longview police station, Community House (Takko, Blake)
Castle Rock district considers four new options to fund school upgrades
A note to our subscribers and readers regarding COVID-19
Washington congressional delegation ask for funds to monitor Cowlitz flood risk
First coronavirus case confirmed in Cowlitz County
Sen. Takko secures money for Pacific County drug task force (Takko)
Everett Herald (subscription required)
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
A wholesome activity leads to infection: Square dancing
2-week cruise led to 4-week quarantine for Marysville woman
Boeing might have to cut production — and shed Everett workers
Child care becomes dilemma as mandatory school closures loom
Buses get disinfectant spray, wipedowns as riders stay home
Court trials suspended in Snohomish County due to COVID-19
COVID-19 halts snowy fun at Crystal, Snoqualmie and Stevens
Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Monroe prison
5 Boeing workers in Everett tested positive for COVID-19
Commentary: State law also enables him to limit gatherings and impose curfews. It’s a misdemeanor to defy him.
Commentary: Climate change poses national security threat too
Commentary: Government must admit its part in opioid crisis
Editorial: Road work ahead, thanks to revised budget (Hobbs, Liias)
Editorial: Helping others in a time of ‘social distancing’
Letter: House and Senate did adopt strong DUI law (Sells, Robinson)
Letter: Clean fuel standard would create jobs, reduce illness (Hobbs, Stanford, Peterson, Robinson, Kloba)
Federal Way Mirror
Bars, gyms and more ordered closed in Washington state
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Islands’ Weekly
Frequently asked questions for the islands about COVID-19 | Guest column
Lopez Island School District closed for at least one week
San Juan County to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19
Issaquah Reporter
Protesters blast Legislature’s sex education directive
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
COVID-19 — What you need to know today
Patient flees Kent quarantine facility, hops northbound bus
COVID-19 in Issaquah: ‘We’re well prepared’
Public events in King County to be cancelled or restricted due to outbreak
CHI opens 11 COVID-19 screening centers around Washington
Petition calls for King County to stop quarantine site
Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Making the call on canceling events in Kitsap amid coronavirus fears
Bainbridge Island schools to close for two days amid rising COVID-19 concerns
Coronavirus updates: Dow Jones plummets; Ireland shuts down all schools; EU rips Trump travel ban
NBA shuts down after Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus
Montesano Vidette
Takko secures funding for US 12-rail separation project (Takko)
New York Times
First coronavirus case confirmed in Thurston County
Washington state coronavirus deaths rise to 29, cases soar to 366, including first in Thurston County
Large gatherings banned in Washington state’s Puget Sound region to stem coronavirus
Aide to Maria Cantwell tests positive for coronavirus. Senator closes her D.C. office
Peninsula Daily News
Virus prompts cancellations on Peninsula
Jefferson Healthcare issues restricted visitation policy
Inslee to temporarily close restaurants, bars, entertainment venues to fight virus
Third COVID-19 case seen in Jefferson County
Sequim teen serves as state House page (Chapman, Tharinger)
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle’s Museum of Flight temporarily suspends public operations and visits
Layoffs start as Seattle hotel occupancy rates tumble as much as 60 percent
Business in downtown Seattle has fallen off the cliff due to COVID-19
Washington’s two largest school districts shut down to prevent COVID-19 spread
White House seeks financial crisis-era powers to buttress economy
T-Mobile asks employees to work from home amid coronavirus pandemic
Amazon sets up fund to aid employees, businesses impacted by COVID-19
Inslee shuts down bars, restaurants statewide to slow pandemic
Opinion: H1B visa program will undergo significant changes in 2020
Renton Reporter
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state to shut down restaurants, bars, and cap gatherings at 50 to stop spread of coronavirus
Coronavirus daily news updates, March 16: Catch up on what happened over the weekend
EvergreenHealth doctor tests positive for coronavirus, in critical condition
How a Seattle suburb responded after becoming the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus dominated the 2020 Washington state legislative session. Here’s what lawmakers did and didn’t get done (Rolfes, Valdez)
As coronavirus decimates demand for jets, Boeing may slash production, cut jobs
The coronavirus is forcing many colleges to go online only. But will it work for everyone?
Sunny, beautiful weather is here this week! Getting outside can relieve stress — just stay away from other people
Coronavirus claimed a life in rural Washington. Now a community prepares for what could come next.
Sea-Tac is called hassle-free as other airports report long waits amid coronavirus travel restrictions
Seattle in the age of coronavirus: Not quite empty, but eerie
UPDATING: Events that have moved online due to the novel coronavirus outbreak
Voices from the coronavirus pandemic: 8 stories about how lives have changed in Washington state
What to do if you’re sick with coronavirus? Call your doctor and stay home
Some people already were scared to be counted in the census; coronavirus hurting efforts to reassure them
Light rail service disruptions will continue after problems discovered during downtown track work
Seattle closing all public libraries, community centers, parks programs in bid to slow coronavirus
Seattle to offer grants of up to $10K to small businesses impacted by novel coronavirus outbreak
Superior Courts in King and Snohomish counties suspend criminal jury trials until April in response to coronavirus outbreak
People living outside in Seattle have far fewer options for protecting from coronavirus
Westneat: The etiquette of social distancing in the time of coronavirus, from the ‘Miss Manners’ of germs
Food, mental health support and more: Resources to support the community during the coronavirus outbreak
King County judge hints car-tab tax cuts could be coming soon
Editorial: This Sunshine Week, be thankful for TVW
Op-Ed: It’s time for tech-platform responsibility

Seattle Weekly
Low-wage workers will be hardest hit by economic coronavirus impacts
Public events in King County to be cancelled or restricted due to outbreak
Federal Way couple quarantined on Grand Princess cruise ship confined to room
Inslee announces major school closures for a month
Skagit Valley Herald
Solar panels added to historic downtown Mount Vernon building
EDASC surveying businesses on COVID-19 impacts
UPDATE: 1 Josephine patient confirmed to have coronavirus dies
Snoqualmie Valley Record
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Spokesman Review
Gov. Inslee orders Washington restaurants and bars closed, starting Tuesday, to combat coronavirus
Health Department reports 127 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington on Sunday; 2 new deaths in King County
Spokane Public School teachers prepare to say goodbye to students, ensure learning at home
Teen shelter, nature preserve among $30 million in Spokane-area projects funded in state budget (Billig, Riccelli)
Legislature moves to reduce homeless numbers (Tharinger, Santos, Das, Orwall)
Legislature offers protections to undocumented residents (Thai, Liias)
Legislature tackled other issues along with COVID-19 (Hudgins)
Opinion: Hilary Franz and Craig Curtis: Wildfire prevention proposal good for economy and environment
Opinion: Another reason the cap on special education is bad practice
Legislature adjourns after adding $200 million for coronavirus fight (Rolfes, Billig)
Tri-City Herald
Helping your Tri-Cities neighbors through the coronavirus outbreak
Catholic priest being treated for coronavirus at Kadlec hospital in Richland
Coronavirus school closures means a child care scramble. Some Tri-Cities options
Guest Opinion: The coronavirus is accelerating. We must flatten the curve
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State’s new dam breaching study offers nothing new
Op-ed: A physician’s perspective: Protecting Walla Walla from COVID-19
Op-ed: Tim Burt and Sergio Hernandez: Let’s work together to solve WWCC challenges, celebrate student success
Inslee expands coronavirus school closure to all Washington K-12 schools
Inslee to order all bars, restaurants to close to fight virus
Editorial: Lack of funding for two-year schools affects state economy
Washington Post
Social networks haven’t done enough to prevent voter manipulation, tech leaders say
Millions of students could be home for the rest of academic year because of coronavirus, officials warn
U.S. stocks nosedive, trading resumes after temporary halt
Locked down in Beijing, I watched China beat back the coronavirus
Most federal workers will report to the office Monday — as the rest of the country isolates itself
Opinion: How we can stop the next new virus
Israel’s president gives Benny Gantz first chance at forming a government
Before Greta Thunberg was a global icon, she was a tormented child who refused to eat or speak
Empty stadiums and no fans as sports shut down over coronavirus
In coronavirus lockdown, Milan sheds its reputation for aloofness, grows closer — from a distance
Life in the time of coronavirus: Anxious Americans pivot to new routines
Federal vaccine development sites ill-suited to counter covid-19 epidemic
How long will social distancing for coronavirus have to last? Depends on these factors.
Google is building a coronavirus website, but it doesn’t look anything close to what Trump announced

Whidbey News-Times
4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea
3 Island County residents positive for COVID-19, Washington schools closing for 6 weeks
Yakima Herald Republic
Inslee limits large events on westside; Here are some cancellations in the Yakima area
Memorial launches COVID-19 evaluation clinic, erects tent for expanded triage services</a
March 15 Coronavirus Update: Tally of COVID-19 cases remains at 4 in Yakima County
In domino effect, Yakima County school districts begin closures Monday – one day early
Yakima Valley economy braces for impact from COVID-19
Savanna’s Act to address missing, murdered indigenous women clears hurdles in Congress
Yakima County jail staff screening new prisoners for coronavirus exposure, symptoms
Sunnyside middle school student taken into custody after report of weapon on campus
Editorial: Removal of Snake River dams would harm economy, environment
Guest Opinion: Decisions on dams, salmon must be made together
Letter: Sex-ed bill will let kids grow up to live happier, safer lives


Inslee to temporarily shut down bars, restaurants during coronavirus outbreak
Real-time updates: 42 deaths from coronavirus among 769 total cases statewide
Spanaway man quits job as a precaution to keep wife from getting sick
VERIFY: You can still get COVID-19 if you have the flu. Everyone needs to take the same precautions.
Scholastic offers free online classes for your kids to learn during school closures
Coronavirus patient leaves quarantine facility in Kent
Real-time updates: 31 coronavirus deaths amid 457 cases in Washington
State orders 600,000 students out of Washington schools for six weeks amid coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus outbreak may impact mental health, experts say
Hourly workers in limbo as small businesses struggle from Washington’s coronavirus outbreak
Washington state doubles funding for coronavirus response
Coronavirus: Gov. Inslee orders statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars; further limits gatherings
Coronavirus trial vaccine to be tested Monday
Coronavirus in Washington state: A timeline of the outbreak
EvergreenHealth physician diagnosed with COVID-19
Coronavirus: Washington districts with schools open Monday
Starbucks temporarily closing some stores to slow spread of coronavirus
Pike Place Market community member tests positive for coronavirus
Sounders FC employee tests positive for COVID-19
Second Department of Corrections employee tests positive for coronavirus
Inslee orders all restaurants, bars shut down because of coronavirus
Starbucks implements ‘to go’ model to limit spread of coronavirus
‘The generosity has come through’: Gifting treats new trend to keep businesses alive
KOMO-TV town hall: COVID-19 Ask the Experts
Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus
Washington death toll from coronavirus hits 31
Nationwide law firm closes Seattle, Bellevue offices after employee dies
‘Think about next week as spring break,’ says state superintendent on school closures
Report: 10% drop in consumer spending in Washington already from coronavirus impact
5 COVID-19 cases confirmed at Boeing Everett plant
Gov. Inslee orders widespread closures of in-house dining, entertainment amid coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus outbreak could be ‘devastating’ for businesses at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square
Inslee orders all schools to close statewide; ban on large gatherings extends to all counties
Boeing asked Washington state lawmakers to raise its taxes. They did. (Sullivan, Liias)
President Trump Declares National Emergency As Coronavirus Pandemic Grows
Big changes in sports as the coronavirus continues to spread
Episode 1: Flattening the Curve
Coronavirus updates: What you need to know today
What passed, what died in the 2020 Washington Legislature (Morgan, Jinkins, Keiser, Macri, Hobbs, Carlyle)
Coronavirus: U.S. Enters ‘Quarantine Life’ As Many Schools And Businesses Close
King County readies new quarantine sites for COVID-19 cases
Dow Plunges 2,700 Points, Trading Halted After Fed Slashes Rates
Live coverage: COVID-19 in Seattle and Washington state
Uncertainty In Congress Over Next Moves To Address Coronavirus Crisis
White House To Give Update On Coronavirus Plans And Tests
Fed Cuts Rates To Near Zero As Coronavirus Rips Through Economy
CDC Recommends Against Gatherings Of 50 Or More, As States Close Bars And Restaurants
White House Tells Federal Workers To Avoid All Travel That Is Not ‘Mission Critical’
NW Public Radio
CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Washington Restaurants And Bars To Close, K-12 Schools Go On Hiatus
What Passed, What Didn’t In 2020 Washington Legislature (Hint: Coronavirus Changed Plans) (Morgan, Macri, Hudgins, Jinkins, Keiser, Hobbs, Carlyle)
Washington Lawmakers Stop Short Of Banning Pesticide Linked To Neurological Problems
Coronavirus Hit Kirkland Long-Term Care Facility Hard. It Shows How Moving Residents Isn’t Easy
Meetings For Snake And Columbia River Dams Now Teleconferences: Here’s How To Access
Q13 TV (Fox)
Restaurants, bars, entertainment to close statewide Monday, immediately in King County
‘I don’t want to be homeless’: Hospitality workers reeling after shutdown announcement
EvergreenHealth doctor tests positive for coronavirus, in critical, but stable condition
Puget Sound hospitals canceling elective, non-urgent surgeries amid coronavirus scare
Seattle, New York and other cities are telling landlords to halt evictions during the coronavirus pandemic
Inslee announces statewide school closures, ban on large gatherings amid coronavirus outbreak
Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus outbreak
King County changes policy for Kent motel after homeless person leaves quarantine site, boards Metro bus
Trump seeks to broaden virus testing; confusion persists
Protecting residents from a deadly threat, nursing homes must decide who gets in and who stays out
Confusion over coronavirus testing criteria is leaving sick people wondering if they’re infected


Education Dive
Future of Sex Education Initiative issues updated standards (Dhingra)
Government Technology
Washington Privacy Law Once Again Fails to Materialize (Hudgins,Caryle)
Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Inslee orders Washington schools to close
Seattle P.I.
Supreme Court postpones arguments because of virus outbreak
Stocks lose 6% on Wall Street as more businesses shut doors
White House moves to protect Trump, staff against virus
Inslee to order all bars/restaurants to close to fight virus
Most King County in-person services closing Monday due to COVID-19 outbreak
As COVID-19 spreads in Seattle area, here’s how to stay social while social distancing
Seattle issues emergency moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19
The Washington Data Privacy Bill Is Dead. Again. (Hudgins, Entenman, Carlyle, Nguyen)
Washington Privacy Act fails again, but state legislature passes facial recognition regulation (Carlyle, Hudgins)