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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

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.

Evictions on hold statewide amid COVID-19 outbreak

The governor announced the order, with some exceptions, as well as millions in grants for businesses.

How will COVID-19 impact wildfire response?

Answers and resources are short in short supply right now, but fire academies are still planned.

King County COVID-19 deaths increase by 10 to 56

Number of county cases up 44 to 562

The moratorium will be in effect until April 24, unless an extension is deemed necessary. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo

Kenmore enacts emergency, temporary moratorium on residential tenant evictions

The rule lasts until April 24 but might be subjected to an extension.

The moratorium will be in effect until April 24, unless an extension is deemed necessary. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo

Western Washington Goodwills to close March 19 to April 2 due to COVID-19 concerns

Most donation stations will remain open.

  • Mar 18, 2020
Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi is closed until April 2020 due to public-health concerns. Blake Peterson/staff photo

A COVID-19 recession could cost millions of jobs

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is hurting workers.

Like similar businesses across King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, Bothell restaurant Hana Sushi is closed until April 2020 due to public-health concerns. Blake Peterson/staff photo

COVID-19 severe blood shortage; Red Cross drives canceled; fewer donations

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak, the agency… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2020
The King County Sheriff’s Office will no longer enforce court-ordered evictions, starting March 17. Image courtesy King County

King County Sheriff to immediately stop enforcing court-ordered evictions

Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht explained this is not the time to make families more vulnerable.

  • Mar 17, 2020
The King County Sheriff’s Office will no longer enforce court-ordered evictions, starting March 17. Image courtesy King County

King County Library System closures and other coronavirus responses

Late fees will be waived and holds will be extended in response to coronavirus.

King County’s new Issaquah quarantine location on March 16, 2020. The County is leasing the former Holiday Inn motel as a quarantine site for coronavirus patient. Natalie DeFord / Staff Photo.

New quarantine locations to open on Eastside

Public Health Seattle & King County announced new quarantine sites in Issaquah and Bellevue.

King County’s new Issaquah quarantine location on March 16, 2020. The County is leasing the former Holiday Inn motel as a quarantine site for coronavirus patient. Natalie DeFord / Staff Photo.
Gun stores across King County are experiencing a run on ammunition. File photo

Buyers want bullets, not just toilet paper

Gun owners are flocking to stores to buy ammunition.

Gun stores across King County are experiencing a run on ammunition. File photo

Live COVID-19 Coverage: March 16

The virus continues to spread as state and local authorities take further measures to fight it.

  • Mar 16, 2020

Watch a replay of the governor’s Monday news conference here

Jay Inslee and other officials spoke at 11 a.m. about the coronavirus outbreak.

Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Nonprofits, activists are expecting greater need as workers are laid off.