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Inslee, nonprofits launch fund for state’s food banks as supply levels drop

Inslee, nonprofits launch fund for state’s food banks as supply levels drop

Demand expected to double this week to 1.6 million people in need

Inslee, nonprofits launch fund for state’s food banks as supply levels drop
Sound Transit suspends light rail construction projects amid COVID-19 response
Sound Transit suspends light rail construction projects amid COVID-19 response
First WA state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

First WA state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

The man is the first person in Washington to contract the disease while in a state prison.

First WA state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19
Students will not return to classrooms this school year

Students will not return to classrooms this school year

Monday’s decision applies to all schools — public, private and charter.

Students will not return to classrooms this school year
King County reduces jail population by more than 600

King County reduces jail population by more than 600

At facilities in Kent, Seattle

King County reduces jail population by more than 600
Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

New self-swab COVID-19 test is just as accurate, study finds

The study, under peer review, was led by an Everett Clinic doctor. It could speed up testing nationwide.

Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing

Life Care in Kirkland facing more than $600K in fines for COVID-19 response

The facility has until Sept. 16 to pay or address areas of concern or it will be terminated.

Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing
Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo

Dental foundation serves Medicaid patients through COVID-19

The Arcora Foundation is also attempting to expand its urgent care database, allowing those with different insurances to use its services during the outbreak.

Dentist checking patient’s teeth. Sound Publishing file photo
Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)

Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s Facebook page)
South King Fire opens county’s first decontamination site for law enforcement officers
South King Fire opens county’s first decontamination site for law enforcement officers
King County domestic and sexual violence services available during COVID-19 outbreak

King County domestic and sexual violence services available during COVID-19 outbreak

Advocacy organizations are adjusting their services to meet survivor needs

King County domestic and sexual violence services available during COVID-19 outbreak
Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment

The governor said Wednesday that the state must become self-reliant in the fight against COVID-19.

Inslee to state businesses: Pivot to make medical equipment
County Council approves $2.2M for emergency childcare

County Council approves $2.2M for emergency childcare

For first responders and other essential workers during COVID-19 crisis

County Council approves $2.2M for emergency childcare
State legislators discussed COVID-19 impacts during a East King Chambers Coalition webinar on March 31 moderated by Kate Riley of The Seattle Times. Screenshot

State lawmakers discuss COVID-19 impacts with chambers

Four state lawmakers gathered for a webinar with the East King Chambers Coalition.

State legislators discussed COVID-19 impacts during a East King Chambers Coalition webinar on March 31 moderated by Kate Riley of The Seattle Times. Screenshot
Retroactive unemployment payments ensure full benefits for eligible Washingtonians

Retroactive unemployment payments ensure full benefits for eligible Washingtonians

State Employment Security Department commissioner releases details

Retroactive unemployment payments ensure full benefits for eligible Washingtonians
State attorney general warns to beware of scams related to stimulus checks

State attorney general warns to beware of scams related to stimulus checks

Scammers already targeting COVID-19 payments

State attorney general warns to beware of scams related to stimulus checks
Property tax deadline extended to June

Property tax deadline extended to June

This only affects those who pay their property taxes themselves.

Property tax deadline extended to June
Amazon says its taking ‘extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees’ at Kent site

Amazon says its taking ‘extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees’ at Kent site

Fulfillment Center employee tested positive for COVID-19; facility remains open

Amazon says its taking ‘extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees’ at Kent site
The 2020 census form will look very similar to this sample document. Image courtesy U.S. Census Bureau

Don’t forget to take the census

Due to the coronavirus, the deadline for responding to the census is Aug. 14, 2020.

The 2020 census form will look very similar to this sample document. Image courtesy U.S. Census Bureau
New report indicates positive impact in King County of social distancing on COVID-19 epidemic

New report indicates positive impact in King County of social distancing on COVID-19 epidemic

But heath officials say more progress needed | Public Health – Seattle King County

New report indicates positive impact in King County of social distancing on COVID-19 epidemic