Matthews Beach in Seattle is closed due to high amounts of bacteria in the lake, making it unsafe to swim. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
Matthews Beach in Seattle is closed due to high amounts of bacteria in the lake, making it unsafe to swim. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
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King County beaches closed for fecal bacteria — can we cry fowl and blame Canada geese?

It can't be said for sure which animal is to blame for the fecal matter that closed six Lake Washington beaches in Seattle, Renton and Bellevue due to high E. coli levels. But parks officials and longtime residents have strong suspicions. Updated

Matthews Beach in Seattle is closed due to high amounts of bacteria in the lake, making it unsafe to swim. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
Matthews Beach in Seattle is closed due to high amounts of bacteria in the lake, making it unsafe to swim. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)
Local News

King County beaches closed for fecal bacteria — can we cry fowl and blame Canada geese?

It can't be said for sure which animal is to blame for the fecal matter that closed six Lake Washington beaches in Seattle, Renton and Bellevue due to high E. coli levels. But parks officials and longtime residents have strong suspicions. Updated

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COVID-19 positivity rates drop in King County, but hot spots to south still burn brightly

Brenda Medero, a medical assistant supervisor, reaches inside a car to give a COVID-19 test to the driver at  Sea Mar Community Health Center located at 31405 18th Ave. S. in Federal Way Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  The testing site,  where both walk-in and drive-though testing happens, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.  For an appointment, call 253-681-6600.

COVID has hit south King County harder than the rest of the region.   Approximately 15% of the people test positive.


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Police Chief Carmen Best listens, Monday, July 13, 2020, during a news conference at City Hall in Seattle. Best and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan were critical of a plan backed by several city council members that seeks to cut the police department’s budget by 50 percent. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

After protests near her home, Seattle police chief asks City Council for intervention Updated

A passenger has plenty of kiosks to choose from when he gets a boarding pass for his Alaska Airlines flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport around noontime Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 214508

Alaska Airlines warns nearly 1,600 Washington state employees of COVID-19-driven fall layoffs

Flower World fined $4K for banning masks on its workers Updated

Agency: Nearly 87,000 bogus unemployment claims filed in Washington state

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