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Governor: Stay at home — and that’s now an order

Jay Inslee on Monday took an aggressive new step to curb social interactions as coronavirus deaths rise.

King County jails reducing inmates, prioritizing space for violent offenders to curb COVID-19

Jails already seeing a significant decrease in inmates from 1,940 to 1,766 between March 1-19, with more cuts on the way.

King County calls on faith leaders for message of unity

Public Health – Seattle & King County hosted a diversity of faith leaders for a press conference.

King County reduces district court operations

The reductions are in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Mar 23, 2020
Courtesy City of Mercer Island

Grocery stores across King County implementing “senior hours”

The hours are dedicated time for those at high risk to shop for groceries.

Courtesy City of Mercer Island

Boeing plants in Puget Sound area to close; infected Everett worker dies

To the relief of anxious employees, the company said it will shut down factory operations for two weeks.

Gov. Jay Inslee.

Gov. Inslee to address public at 5:30 p.m. Monday

Governor expected to lay out enhanced strategies to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Mar 23, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee.
Some medical supplies, including face masks, respirators and gowns provided to Washington by the federal government March 5 in conjunction with a visit from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Camp Murray in Pierce County, Washington. Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service

President issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state

Governor appoints Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono to oversee COVID-19 response management.

  • Mar 22, 2020
Some medical supplies, including face masks, respirators and gowns provided to Washington by the federal government March 5 in conjunction with a visit from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Camp Murray in Pierce County, Washington. Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service
The shelter will be opened in Harborview Hall in the Harborview Medical Center complex. The hall has sat unused for nearly a decade and required extensive renovations to bring it up to code for use as a 100-bed shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Harborview, King County open coronavirus recovery site

The 45-bed facility will treat those awaiting test results, or who have mild symptoms.

The shelter will be opened in Harborview Hall in the Harborview Medical Center complex. The hall has sat unused for nearly a decade and required extensive renovations to bring it up to code for use as a 100-bed shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Unemployment claims doubled last week as coronavirus shutters businesses

Numbers like this haven’t been seen since height of the Great Recession.

Playgrounds, sports courts closed in King County to encourage social distancing

Seattle mayor says in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the public cannot allow gatherings at Alki, Golden Gardens, Seward, Volunteer Park or Magnuson parks.

Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference from March 20, 2020, on TVW.

Inslee: Some folks aren’t taking the virus outbreak seriously

At a news conference, the governor warned businesses and individuals to get with the program.

Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference from March 20, 2020, on TVW.
The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

State Supreme Court pauses almost all cases in Washington

Judges will focus on bail hearings under emergency COVID-19 rules.

The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

90-year-old Life Care resident recovering after testing positive for COVID-19

Geneva Wood remains in isolation at Harborview Medical Center.

Passengers on a King County Metro bus. File photo

King County Metro cancels fares

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, riders in King County take free buses

  • Mar 20, 2020
Passengers on a King County Metro bus. File photo
Kirkland PD car. File photo

Kirkland police adjusts protocols to protect community, officers amid pandemic

Police Chief Cherie Harris recently announced changes.

  • Mar 20, 2020
Kirkland PD car. File photo

Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service on light rail, Sounder trains

New schedules reflect greatly reduced demand, anticipated staffing shortages

  • Mar 20, 2020

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

Staff members assisted in spreading coronavirus throughout long-term care facilities.

Missing Kirkland woman has been found

Kirkland Police Department detectives found Samantha Ehrich at a shelter in Seattle.

Kirkland City Hall. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo

Kirkland suspends parking time limits and fees during COVID-19 pandemic

Enforcement is still in effect for vehicles parked in disabled parking spaces without disabled permits, and those illegally parked in front of fire hydrants or blocking driveways or crosswalks.

  • Mar 19, 2020
Kirkland City Hall. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo