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As more tests are available and completed, the number of COVID-19 cases in Washington continues to grow. The number of confirmed cases across the state on Saturday rose to 18,433 including 1,001 deaths according to the Washington State Department of Health.

As of Saturday, there were 7,480 cases in King County according to King County Public Health’s dashboard. That includes 522 deaths.


The outbreak has reached 38 Washington counties this week, most of which are still in the areas of Raja, Snohomish, Yakima and Pierce. The districts of Skamania, Asotin, Wahkiakum, Pend Oreille and Pacific are the latest to report on their first cases.

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 outbreaks in the states of Washington and the US in general, scroll down.




May 18th

New face mask rules, guidelines come into force Monday in West Washington

Starting Monday, a New health directives from Seattle-King County Public Health will come into force and “strongly urge” anyone who comes out in public to wear a face mask or mask aimed at limiting the spread of the new corona virus.


“This directive must be used to educate, encourage and persuade individuals to wear face masks,” Dr. Jeffrey Duchin with the agency said in an online briefing announcing the move. “That does not create an excuse for occupants or law enforcement to stop, detain, issue quotes, arrest, intimidate, harass individuals who do not comply.”


Even though they don’t and won’t, businesses can choose to turn people away if they don’t.

“We know that a number of companies have set the rules and they are allowed to ask people to wear masks to come to their facilities,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said.

The directives also apply to anyone who drives the Metro King County bus.

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, face masks for all visitors and passengers will be requested starting Monday. The Port of Seattle says the aim is to keep important airport workers healthy amid a pandemic. Last week, when KOMO News first previewed the story, there was mixed reaction among travelers.

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European airlines hope to continue flights but the outlook is dim


European airlines plan to return to the skies this summer after landing almost completely for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prospects, however, remain uncertain, with companies forecasting a slow recovery even next year due to restrictions and public health concerns.

Finland’s national airline, a major airline between Europe and China, said on Monday it would add more flights and routes starting in July if the government reduced their locking enough to continue the trip.

This will be restarted gradually, with a strong focus on Asia, which is strategically important for state-controlled airlines. The Helsinki-based company said it would fly to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, adding it was waiting for government approval, but also to Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo Narita in Japan; and to Singapore, Seoul, and Bangkok.

“We expect flights to recover gradually, starting in July,” Chief Commercial Officer Finnair Ole Orver said in a statement. “Our intention is to operate around 30% of our normal number of flights in July, and we will also start long-haul flights to our main Asian destinations. We will then add routes and frequencies month after month as demand recovers.”

To read more from the Associated Press, click here.


May 15th

Whitman County agreed to move to Phase 2 of Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan

On Friday, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved the variance application for Whitman County to move to Phase 2 Governor Jay Inslee Safe Start Package. This brings the total to 9 districts.

Businesses in countries approved to move to Phase 2 must wait to be reopened until guidelines have been released for their industry on how to keep workers and communities safe. They must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in the guidelines for reopening.

To propose variations, the country must have a population of less than 75,000 and there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. The application process requires support from local health workers, local health councils, local hospitals, and regional commissions / councils.

Inslee announced last week that restrictions on home stay would be extended at least until May 31 and said there would be a four-phase phase for lifting restrictions. There will be a minimum of three weeks between each phase, but rural districts that meet certain metrics are allowed to speed up the phase.

To read more from the Associated Press, click here.

Kroger will cut the ‘hero’ wage for workers in the middle of a pandemic; announced a ‘Thank You Payment’ bonus

Maria Rouse-Williams has been working at Fred Meyer’s grocery store in Burien for about six months. Since the beginning new corona virus The pandemic earlier this year, he said, had been “crazy, nonstop, every day.”

Rouse-Williams is one of the many workers who benefited from the policy of Kroger – the company that operates Fred Meyer – announced at the end of March, offering important workers a $ 2-hourly salary increase as “hero pay” for those working during the pandemic.

But this coming weekend, the company plans to end “hero payments.” Rouse-Williams has a clear message for Kroger.

“Advertising doesn’t make us feel like heroes,” he said. “Having our base salary is a minimum amount for what you can do.”

Rouse-Williams, along with other workers and union members, rallied Friday in front of Fred Meyer in Burien demanding the company cancel its decision, saying the pandemic was far from over and grocery store workers continued to go to work even though it put them at greater risk. The protest came after union members had pushed back across the country. Dozens of people at the rally held a sign that read “Don’t Cut Heroes,” and wore a mask that read “Always a hero, forever important.”

To read the full story from Becca Savransky reporter, click here.

Snohomish County health officials are investigating positive blood tests

Two people in Washington state who recalled illness in December had taken a blood test which showed that they developed antibodies for the corona virus, but health officials did not count the number of their official cases.

A positive serology test cannot determine whether the person has coronavirus in December, a few weeks before the disease is officially detected in the United States. They might have been exposed after the first recording case. One person had lunch with a hospital nurse in Kirkland, for example, a large plague in a nursing home.

“They are considered ‘probable,'” Heather Thomas, Snohomish Health District spokesman, told The Seattle Times. “However, they have not been arrested in our case since January 20th.”

The two people are residents of Snohomish County, north of Seattle, which has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the state with more than 2,700.

On January 20, a man in Snohomish County became the first person to be tested positive for COVID-19 in the US.

To read the full story from the Associated Press, click here.

After more than half a century, the Bavarian Meats of Pike Place Market is closed

Seattle the food and beverage metropolis falls behind the closure of King County restaurants and bars new corona virus.

First, the old Pike Place gem, Sur La Table, there are rumors of bankruptcy. Then, beloved city center Il Corvo closed its doors, and the South casual breakfast chain quickly became popular, Biscuit whore, permanently closing half of the locations in the entire City of Emerald.

Now, after more than half a century of famous deli bites, Bavarian Meat Pike Place will do it permanently close the Market location on May 31.

The grab-and-go shop goes back to 1961, when German immigrant Max Hofstatter (known as “Grandfather Max”) opened a storefront to start his sausage-making business.

To read the full story from reporter Christina Ausley, click here.

For the first time, my beloved Manny’s Pale Ale was sold in cans in Washington

Years ago, Ravenna’s housemates Manny Chao and Roger Bialous hated their work.

So, they started their own brewing with desire as do most Pacific Northwesterners who love beer … maybe.

For more than a decade, their dream of brewing excellent beer came true, when Georgetown Brewing appeared in Emerald City, and Seattle people flocked from near and far to cold beer and pale sciences.

And as soon as it opened, they launched a beer that would forever shake the Green State: Manny’s Pale Ale.

Shining the spotlight on Northwest hops and high-class barley, Manny’s Pale Ale introduces a rich and complex body utilizing their home yeast, middle malty, and finished jumping sharply. Boozer far and wide fell in love with the drink, probably because of its fresh, clean, and refined contents of oranges and fruit.

“When we started canning beer Georgetown Brewing“We think leaving Manny’s Pale Ale as a special beer will help us stay connected to the foundation of our business: the bar and restaurant that first served our beer,” Chao and Bialous said in a recent report. Facebook posts. “If you want a liter of Manny, you have to go out, socialize and support your local bar or restaurant. That is why, for our first 14 years in business, we only sell barrels. That is also our reason for drinking beer at the bar and calling it ‘work’ ‘. “

That is, until now.

Starting Saturday, May 23, Georgetown Brewing will launch a six-week package consisting of Manny’s Pale Ale.

To read the full story from reporter Christina Ausley, click here.

King Co.’s first respondent urging residents to call 911 for a life-threatening emergency amid COVID-19

Amid a 25% reduction in emergency calls for heart attacks and strokes and a 10% increase in people found dead on arrival, Raja County first responders urged residents to continue seeking help by calling 911 if they showed signs of life-threatening medical emergencies.

Firefighters noted that the decline in emergency calls and the subsequent increase of those found dead on arrival might reflect a reluctance to seek medical assistance for fear of contracting COVID-19 or extraordinary emergency services during the current pandemic.

“We want people to call 911 immediately if they have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. If you experience chest pain, or suddenly experience weakness, face, arm, or leg problems, don’t wait to call 911,” said the Medical Director of the Department Seattle Fire Department Dr. Michael Sayre.

To read the full story from reporter Callie Craighead, click here.

King Co. did not record the death of the new corona virus for the first time in more than 2 months

For the first time in more than two months, King County did not record the new death of COVID-19 in its daily update.

Public health officials say 86 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the past 24 hours in King County – but not one death. This is the first time King County has not recorded the death of a new corona virus in a 24-hour period since March 7.

Elsewhere in Washington, however, at least eight lives have been cut by coronavirus since Wednesday, increasing the number of deaths across the state to 983, state health officials said.

Districts that report additional deaths include Pierce County, Yakima County, Spokane County, Benton County, Franklin County, and Snohomish County.

The number of new cases confirmed in Washington also rose to 17,773 – an increase of 249 new cases across the state since Wednesday. Health officials say the actual number of cases is much higher than that but cannot be quantified for certain due to limited testing.

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More Washington casinos reopened against Governor Inslee’s wishes

Three casinos have reopened in Washington with more plans announced soon to reopen.

The Spokane Tribe Casino reopens on Wednesday to join the Wind Angels Casino in Arlington and the Northern Heights Casino in Airway Heights.

The Emerald Queen Casino in Fife announced Thursday that they will reopen on Monday, with plans to open their new casino along I-5 in Tacoma in early June.

The Red Wind Casino in Olympia and Little Creek Casino in Shelton are scheduled to reopen on Monday as well.

All of these gaps came when Governor Jay Inslee advised them to wait.

“On several occasions I have expressed the desire that they wait to be more consistent with other operations for obvious reasons,” Inslee said at a briefing Thursday. “I have stated to the tribes that I would be more pleased if their opening would be more consistent with some business openings in our country.”

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Washington lottery sales skyrocketed amidst the gloom of COVID-19 entertainment

The dream of a lottery in our country is hotter than before with sales going up.

A lottery spokesman told us before the pandemic, lottery sales in Washington were around $ 15 million per week – currently, they reach $ 20 million.

“We suspect it is because there are not many entertainment options out there for people at this time,” Kristi Weeks said with the Washington State Lottery. “The bar is closed, the casino is closed, the film is closed …”

That’s good news for your corner store that sells tickets because it gets a 5% commission every time you buy it. Last year, stores that sold lottery tickets made a total of $ 40 million from lottery sales across the state.

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This story will be updated regularly as more information and news are available about the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington. To read more coverage, click here.

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