Editor’s note: This was a live account of updates from Friday, April 3, as events unfolded. Click here to find the latest extended coverage of the outbreak of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2; the illness it causes, COVID-19; and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Prepare to hunker down longer: Gov. Jay Inslee has added nearly a month to the stay-home order that has closed thousands of businesses, public schools and much of society. Here are the do’s and don’ts under his order, as cities everywhere confront how far police should go to enforce lockdowns. Meanwhile, researchers are making some strides; the Food and Drug Administration approved a new test for coronavirus antibodies, the first for use in the United States.

The state Department of Health confirmed an additional 381 cases and 22 deaths from COVID-19 Friday, totaling 6,966 cases and 284 fatalities in Washington. The bulk of the cases remain in King County, where 2,711 people have fallen ill and 188 have died. The state has recently struggled to report these numbers in a timely manner, a problem it blames on a flood of data swamping the state’s disease-reporting system. The technical difficulties are partially blinding health officials and the public to the latest information about the disease’s spread.

Throughout today, on this page, we’ll be posting updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Thursday can be found here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.

The following graphic includes the most recent numbers from the Washington State Department of Health, released Thursday evening.

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Washington State Department of Corrections issuing expired N95 masks to staff who work closely with inmates

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is now issuing expired N95 respirator masks to staff who work closely with incarcerated individuals, according to a Friday statement from the department.

"The purpose of providing the N95 respirators is to reduce the chances for transferring COVID-19 into state correctional facilities and work release centers and to those supervised under community custody," the DOC statement said.

The masks are for general use and an additional level of protection, and are currently being used by staffers voluntarily. Any employees working with those incarcerated in state correctional facilities, work release centers or are supervised under community custody will have the option of using a respirator, the statement said.

The DOC's decision to start issuing masks comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended face coverings in settings where other social-distancing measures are difficult to maintain, the statement said.

As of Friday, there haven't been any confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates in Washington state correctional facilities, though nine department staffers have tested positive since the beginning of the outbreak.

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department has implemented screening for all persons entering facilities, implemented social distancing protocols, increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas and limited visitor and volunteer access to facilities," the statement said. "Today’s action by the Department represents the latest preventative and protective effort for all individuals."

—Elise Takahama
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Nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News presented false information about coronavirus

A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and minimized the danger posed by the virus as COVID-19 began to explode into a pandemic.

The suit, filed on behalf of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), alleges Fox News engaged in unfair or deceptive acts by representing the coronavirus as a hoax in broadcasts that aired in February and March.

Those broadcasts caused viewers to fail to adequately protect themselves or mitigate the virus’ spread, and therefore contributed to the public-health crisis and preventable mass death, the lawsuit says.

“We are not trying to chill free speech here. But we believe the public was endangered by false and deceptive communications in the stream of commerce,” said attorney Liz Hallock, who's representing WASHLITE.

Read the full story here.

—Sara Jean Green

‘Essential’ but unwanted: Coronavirus reveals another American double standard

The coronavirus sure has got our number.

Maybe nowhere has the onset of the pandemic spotlighted the hypocritical realities of modern American life more clearly than in the farm fields of Washington, writes Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat.

Farmworkers, many of them undocumented and for decades relegated to live in the shadows, suddenly have been classified, by the federal Department of Homeland Security, as “essential critical infrastructure workers” in the fight against the disease.

Many migrant workers are now being given letters — papers, if you will — that grant them special license to violate stay-at-home orders so they can freely go to work to pick vegetables and fruit.

“The fact that there is that cognitive recognition that we have to allow these individuals to travel to and from work because they are critical — that’s the complete opposite of what they’ve heard for nearly their entire lives,” a Northwest dairy farmer told The New York Times.

So the people we’re building a wall to keep out — it turns out we need them now?

Read the full column here.

Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients

Three of the state’s largest health insurers have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus spreading worldwide.

Kaiser Permanente Washington; Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to do the same.

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order March 5 for health insurers that offer plans through the exchange to waive co-payments and deductibles for COVID-19-related doctor visits and testing for enrollees who meet criteria for testing. The order, which expires May 4, applies to individual market plans as well as small-group and large-group employer plans, which together cover about 1.2 million people insured through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

Regence will waive costs for COVID-19 patients through June 30, and Premera will do so through Oct. 1. Kaiser Permanente began waiving the out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 patients Wednesday. All three insurance companies had already waived fees for COVID-19 testing.

Read the full story here.

—Ryan Blethen
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Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients

Three of the state’s largest health insurers have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus spreading worldwide.

Kaiser Permanente Washington; Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to do the same.

Regence will waive costs for COVID-19 patients through June 30, and Premera will do so through Oct. 1. Kaiser Permanente began waiving the out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 patients Wednesday. All three insurance companies had already waived fees for COVID-19 testing.

Read the full story here.

—Ryan Blethen

Inslee extends renewal date for driver's licenses and suspends 30-day requirement for DUI hearings

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday evening announced new emergency orders for state Department of Licensing (DOL) operations in light of the new coronavirus.

One proclamation temporarily extends the renewal date for personal and commercial driver's licenses. That measure expires May 3.

The governor issued a second proclamation that suspends a requirement to hold a DUI hearing within 30 days of when a driver contests a license suspension after an arrest for a DUI. The measure aims to make sure that DUI suspensions won’t be dismissed while parts of government are closed or suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The measure also allows a driver more time to enter into a deferred prosecution program through a court process, which is also currently limited because of temporary court closures. That proclamation also expires May 3.

The actions come after DOL on Monday said it would temporarily close its driver’s license offices to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

—Joseph O'Sullivan

Island County investigating possible COVID-19 exposures at Walmart and Walgreens

Customers and employees who went to Walmart and Walgreens in Oak Harbor in late March may have been exposed to COVID-19, Island County Public Health said Friday.

The health department is investigating several positive cases associated with employees at Walgreens, Walmart and IDEX Health & Science. There may have been public exposure between March 22 and March 27 at Walgreens, and between March 23 and 30 at Walmart.

IDEX is not open to the public.

Four people in Island County have died from the virus, according to the health department. There have been 122 total cases in the county, with 95 on Whidbey Island and 27 on Camano Island. This includes more than 40 confirmed cases associated with Careage of Whidbey, a nursing home that tested all residents and employees for COVID-19.

—Paige Cornwell
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King County jail population reduced by 600 over two weeks

King County has reduced its jail population by more than 600 adults over two weeks to allow for more social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, a news release said Friday.

There are still 1,285 adults in the county’s jails today, down from 1,899 on March 13, according to the news release from the county’s Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, which has set up a website to provide updates and answer questions.

Concerns have been raised about potential outbreaks of the virus in jails, which have significant turnover.

Meanwhile, five people serving time in Washington prisons are suing the state to seek release for thousands of people at serious risk if the virus were to sweep through their cell blocks.

Among other changes, King County’s jails are no longer accepting people brought in for misdemeanor charges, except for misdemeanor assaults, violations of no contact or protection orders, DUIs, sex crimes and other charges that present a serious public safety concern, officials have said.

County Executive Dow Constantine signed an emergency order on March 24 suspending a work release program with 79 beds at the King County Courthouse, allowing participants in that program to stay elsewhere.

At the same time, the county has canceled public visitations to people in jail and is offering video visits at no cost instead.

There are still 36 youth detained at the county’s juvenile detention center, down from 43 two weeks ago.

No one in county custody has tested positive so far, according to the news release. But three staff members have reported testing positive for the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus.

—Daniel Beekman

State insurance commissioner issues emergency order clarifying grace period payments on dental insurance

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner issued an emergency order to clarify grace period payments on dental insurance, according to a Friday statement from the department.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order Friday requiring a grace period of at least 60 days for all stand-alone, qualified dental plans, the statement said.

His order also clarified that during the grace period for dental plans — and the late March order he issued for many health insurance plans — dental and health insurers are responsible for paying claims for all covered services during the first 30 days.

This order is in effect until May 23.

“These are critical times for all Washingtonians and we need to provide safe and flexible access to care,” Kreidler said in the statement. “I want people to know we’re watching out for them and are all working together to make sure insurance coverage is one thing they don’t need to worry about.”

—Elise Takahama

Washington state tribes, allies mobilize to gather medical protection needed in coronavirus fight

Louie Gong, left, and Josh Swift unload donated supplies to the Seattle Indian Health Board, more than 4,000 N95 respirator masks, 6,000 surgical masks and 300 face shields, on Friday afternoon.  Gong, founder and CEO of Eighth Generation, was able to purchase the items and donate them Friday. Swift is studio manager for Eighth Generation. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
Louie Gong, left, and Josh Swift unload donated supplies to the Seattle Indian Health Board, more than 4,000 N95 respirator masks, 6,000 surgical masks and 300 face shields, on Friday afternoon. Gong, founder and CEO of Eighth Generation, was able to purchase the items and donate them Friday. Swift is studio manager for Eighth Generation. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Nooksack artist and entrepreneur Louie Gong in eight days did what the federal government couldn’t manage since the first death from coronavirus was confirmed on Feb. 29 in Washington state: he sourced and supplied thousands of masks to protect health workers at the Seattle Indian Health Board.

Gong gave the health board 4,095 N95 respirator masks, 6,000 surgical masks and 300 face shields Friday. Gong estimates the equipment alone was worth about $13,000, but it was his quick action and knowledge of suppliers in China that turned out to be priceless.

At a time when the federal government’s response to the coronavirus has been frustratingly slow, the board and its allies have stepped in and up to solve their needs for themselves, said Esther Lucero, a Dine´tribal member and CEO of the health board.

Read the full story here.

—Lynda V. Mapes
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Drive-up testing site opens for residents of Bellingham, other Whatcom County areas

Residents of Bellingham and other Whatcom County areas now have access to a drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility promising 24-hour turnaround times, the county health department said.

The drive-up tests must be ordered by health care providers, who will provide instructions to patients.

The new service is made possible by the addition of quick-response tests being conducted locally at Northwest Laboratory. That service also has enabled faster and more easily available testing for high-risk facilities such as nursing homes and senior residents, county health officials said.

“By creating these opportunities for priority population testing, the health department aims to free up capacity at other medical provider or clinical agency testing locations for the public,” said Cindy Hollinsworth, communicable disease and epidemiology manager at the Whatcom County Health Department.

Health care providers must order the tests from the county health department directly; patients cannot self-refer for testing.

Preference will be given to people with COVID-19 symptoms who:

  • Work in health care or public safety sectors.
  • Live or work in an institutional or congregate living setting.
  • Are employed in essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, public utilities, etc.
  • Are at risk for severe illness (people over 60, people with underlying health conditions and pregnant women).

Results are expected within 24 hours of shipment to the lab.

—Ron Judd

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, “I’m choosing not to do it.”

The new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people, especially in areas hit hard by the spread of the coronavirus, to use rudimentary coverings like T-shirts, bandannas and non-medical masks to cover their faces while outdoors.

The president exempted himself from his administration’s own guidelines, saying he could not envision himself covering his face while sitting in the Oval Office greeting world leaders.

“It’s a recommendation, they recommend it,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to wear one myself.”

—Associated Press

State confirms 6,966 cases and 284 deaths from COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Health has confirmed an additional 381 cases and 22 deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The newly released numbers -- which are accurate as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday -- bring the total of confirmed cases in Washington to 6,966, including 284 deaths.

The bulk of the cases remain in King County, which is reporting 2,711 confirmed cases and 188 deaths. The state confirmed 1,317 cases in Snohomish County, which has reported 38 deaths.

The number of cases across Washington has increased as the virus spreads and as testing capacity expands. King County public health officials have said the number of cases could double every five to seven days and have urged people to follow social-distancing measures to slow the spread.

—Elise Takahama
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Gov. Inslee slashes hundreds of millions of dollars from Washington state budget

OLYMPIA — With the coronavirus effectively shuttering Washington’s economy and crushing state tax collections, Gov. Jay Inslee used his veto pen Friday to slash $445 million in spending from the state operating budget.

In a perhaps unprecedented move, Inslee made line-item vetoes to more than 140 programs as he signed the state supplemental operating budget, which tweaked Washington’s two-year spending blueprint.

Approved last month by lawmakers, the supplemental budget would have adjusted the current, two-year spending plan to $53.5 billion. Since Washington must approve a budget that balances across four years, the spending cuts cover programs through 2023.

The governor aimed his cuts at new spending, or the expansion of existing programs that lawmakers approved, rather than cutting programs that people already rely upon.

The single biggest hit in the cuts was $116 million in new money through 2023 for guidance counselors in high-poverty school districts.

Read the full story here.

—Joseph O'Sullivan

More than $500M headed to Puget Sound transit agencies in federal coronavirus aid

Transit agencies in the Puget Sound region will get more than $500 million in federal help to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, but some could still end up asking for more.

The Federal Transit Administration announced this week how it would dole out $25 billion included in the recently passed federal coronavirus relief package. The funding is meant to backfill lost funding for transit systems and help cover extra cleaning costs, as ridership plummets and tax revenues sink.

Still, there are likely to be debates over more aid packages and transit could continue to be among the long list of needs. The American Public Transportation Association has already turned its attention to calling for new infusions of money for new transit projects as a strategy for economic recovery.

“This wasn’t a stimulus, this was a relief package,” said Justin Leighton, executive director of the Washington State Transit Association. Transit systems across Washington could seek more help from the state Legislature or federal government, Leighton said.

Read the full story here.

—Heidi Groover

Seattle refugee artisans pivot to handcrafting masks and face shields to fight coronavirus

Before large manufacturers started producing additional face masks for hospitals, the seven women from the Refugee Artisan Initiative were already hard at work producing the essential protective gear. Now they're also making face shields for home-health workers. This is their story.

The women of the Refugee Artisan Initiative pivoted from making potholders to making masks and face shields for healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak. (Corinne Chin / The Seattle Times)

You can read more about their efforts here.

—Scott Hanson & Corinne Chin
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Drop in ridership causes more cuts in transit service

More cuts are coming to transit service in the region as agencies respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

King County Metro and Sound Transit will cut more bus, light rail and water taxi trips, Metro announced Friday. Metro will run about 19% fewer trips than usual weekday service with 37% fewer buses and 30% fewer operators, the agency said. The cuts will take effect Monday.

With the new reductions, 81 routes will have fewer weekday trips or reduced hours, including most RapidRide routes. Metro will have fully cut 103 routes and services, including Via to Transit; 34 routes will have no or only minimal cuts. Weekend schedules will not be changed, Metro said.

Light rail will begin to run every 20 minutes instead of every 14 minutes and the water taxi will operate one boat for six roundtrip sailings each weekday. Sound Transit will also cancel and reduce some ST Express bus routes.

To prevent crowded buses and allow for social distancing on Sound Transit buses, "bus drivers may determine that a bus is full and not allow for additional passengers," Sound Transit said in a news release.

The South Lake Union streetcar will continue to be out of service and the First Hill Streetcar will operate with reduced hours. Access paratransit will continue normal operations, Metro said.

Check Metro's website and Sound Transit's website for details and be careful relying on apps like Google Maps or One Bus Away, which may not have the latest information. For Metro buses, riders can text their stop number to 62550 to receive a message about when the next bus is coming.

Metro and Sound Transit last month began reducing service, eliminated fares and asked riders to board through rear doors on buses to reduce hand-to-hand contact.

Both systems face major ridership drops and funding losses and their employees are anxious about the pressure of being considered "first responders" during the pandemic.

—Heidi Groover

Alaska Airlines, Providence Hospital join '100 Million Mask Challenge'

Alaska Airlines has joined the "100 Million Mask Challenge" to get more medical supplies to Providence hospitals. The airline is transporting materials that will be used to create 210,000 hospital-grade masks and delivering critical medical supplies to caregivers at Providence’s 51 hospitals across the country.

Some of the masks will be assembled by Mukilteo furniture manufacturer Kaas Tailors, which converted its production to making thousands of masks a day in response to the shortage.

Raw materials to create masks were also transported to factories in Phoenix, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Supplies will be delivered to Providence hospitals throughout Alaska, California, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Because manufacturers will be producing the masks en mass, Providence is no longer asking individuals to sew masks. You can still find resources on how to do it for yourself, family, or friends here.

  

 

—Seattle Times staff

No payment required to park on Seattle streets during coronavirus pandemic

Seattle is temporarily eliminating paid and time-limited street parking rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office announced Friday.

Elimination of paid parking, beginning Saturday, will facilitate easier access to essential businesses and prevent residents from worrying about accruing tickets while they remain at home, her office said in a news release.

Seattle had previously suspended its 72-hour parking rule and said the city would limit towing only to “situations which create safety hazards, block access or create other major issues.”

Staff at several hospitals also received free on-street parking in Seattle.

And Seattle has converted some on-street parking spaces near restaurants into loading zones intended for meal pickups.

Special zones for hospital staff and food pick-up zones, will continue to be enforced.

Other parking restrictions will continue to be enforced, including:

  • Restricted Parking Zone time limits
  • No parking zones
  • Peak period parking restrictions for transit and travel lanes
  • Disabled permit parking spaces
  • Commercial and passenger loading zones
When the stay-at-home order is lifted, paid parking will be phased back in. The Seattle Department of Transportation will adjust rates based on demand as customers return to business districts.
—Michelle Baruchman
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Seattle Aquarium to offer virtual resources for Puget Sound Fish Week

The Seattle Aquarium will share videos, informational graphics and at-home activities each week for those interested in learning more about marine creatures and ocean health.

Next week’s schedule will highlight fish who inhabit the Puget Sound.

Aquarium staff will hold a virtual story time to talk about the local fish species. Coloring sheets, games, trivia and bonus videos will be available online for additional education.

Tuesday, a diver wearing a specialized mask will talk with an aquarium interpreter at the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Participants are invited to tune in and learn more about cold-water fish and ask questions in a live Q&A.

All resources are available on the aquarium’s website at SeattleAquarium.org.

—Michelle Baruchman

Labor dispute throws off Seattle's plans for emergency child care

A labor dispute could hold up the Monday opening of five emergency child care centers meant to serve children of hundreds of first responders and health care workers in a partnership between Seattle and the school district.

While Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan promised Thursday that more emergency child care classrooms will open, it’s unclear when.

Seattle Public Schools initially agreed to use its own employees to staff child care classrooms hosted at its schools. The district reversed course Thursday morning after pushback from its teachers union, the Seattle Education Association.

“We understand that educators and child care workers are two separate professions, and that the required skill sets are different,” schools chief Denise Juneau wrote in an email to staff Thursday morning. “That has been our stance from the beginning of the Governor’s directive.”

“We will no longer be asking our SPS educators to sign up to provide child care. We want you to focus on providing our students with continuous learning in creative ways.”

Read the full story.

—Dahlia Bazzaz

WNBA postpones start of season because of coronavirus

The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no indication when play would begin.

The league was scheduled to open training camps April 26 and the regular season was set to begin May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft April 17.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement Friday the league will “use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats.”

Read the full story here.

—Associated Press
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It's Friday. Time for a breather.

A wild bunch is ignoring the rules on social distancing. The photos are great.

Also not social distancing: These unconventional guests at a Michigan wedding.

Laughing in the face of what scares us: These coronavirus song parodies are here to help.

A former pro track athlete's solution for lockdown lethargy: a marathon in his backyard. It's not a big place.

Sports games are on hold, but sports news isn't. Join five of our sportswriters at 1 p.m. today for a discussion of the Seahawks' latest happenings, the legacy of Jim Lambright and more. You can send in questions now.

Experience the magic of theater, from your couch. Here are six intriguing arts events streaming soon. Or pick a good read from the International Booker Prize shortlist, announced yesterday.

“Now I’m Fine,” the first solo-show-with-backing-jazz-band by Ahamefule J. Oluo (before this year’s hit “Susan”), is available for free streaming at ontheboards.tv. (Bruce Clayton Tom)
“Now I’m Fine,” the first solo-show-with-backing-jazz-band by Ahamefule J. Oluo (before this year’s hit “Susan”), is available for free streaming at ontheboards.tv. (Bruce Clayton Tom)

—Kris Higginson

Catch up on the past 24 hours

Many Americans should wear face coverings. The White House is poised to make that recommendation, which appears more limited than what the CDC urges. (Here are guidelines on making your own.)

The FDA has approved a new coronavirus blood test that could be a key part of helping Americans resume a more normal life. Washington state, though, has a different testing focus.

Life Care Center of Kirkland, the epicenter of the Seattle-area coronavirus outbreak, faces a $611,000 fine for its "systemic failure" to provide care.

Ten homeless men who were staying in a motel in Kirkland moved to a hotel in Bellevue on Thursday, including James Pounds, left, and Kim Larson. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Ten homeless men who were staying in a motel in Kirkland moved to a hotel in Bellevue on Thursday, including James Pounds, left, and Kim Larson. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

King County is moving hundreds of homeless people into hotels to prevent the virus from spreading through shelters. It means peaceful rest, bubble baths — and questions about what happens next.

Bus drivers are confronting a role they never imagined on the front lines of the pandemic. They're feeling "afraid out there by themselves" and calling for more safeguards.

Easter, Passover and Ramadan re-imagined: Seattle’s faith communities are finding innovative ways to mark the holidays together — and to grow their numbers.

Seattle Archbishop Paul D. Etienne offers Mass on March 15, the first Sunday after public Masses were suspended but before Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order was enacted. The Archdiocese of Seattle has been livestreaming Mass with the archbishop, and will livestream Holy Week services. In this photo are also videographer Patty Lewis, cantor David Hoffman and organist Joseph Adam. (Maria Laughlin)
Seattle Archbishop Paul D. Etienne offers Mass on March 15, the first Sunday after public Masses were suspended but before Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order was enacted. The Archdiocese of Seattle has been livestreaming Mass with the archbishop, and will livestream Holy Week services. In this photo are also videographer Patty Lewis, cantor David Hoffman and organist Joseph Adam. (Maria Laughlin)

As Amazon grappled with infections among its workers, executives tried to tar one employee who was fired after organizing a coronavirus walkout, a leaked memo shows.

"Until we hear the field is closed, we still play." Washington's high-school coaches are trying to coach from afar in case there's still a season.

In New Jersey, a fraught 12-hour shift with EMTs reflects life in a city under siege. In Tokyo, the Olympic Athletes Village may become a coronavirus hospital. Here's what else is happening around the globe as infections surge past 1 million worldwide.

What will the economy be like when coronavirus passes? Expect unprecedented rough seas full of the dangers of unintended consequences, columnist Jon Talton writes.

—Kris Higginson

Here's help

(Illustrations by Gabriel Campanario)
(Illustrations by Gabriel Campanario)

A lot of misinformation flies around at times like this. We looked at 10 claims and debunked the myths.

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If you need food, child care or financial help, we've gathered these resources to support the community.

Your turn to help? Here are ways to do that, from making masks to donating cash for those who are struggling.

Beware of Zoom bombing, in which intruders hack your Zoom video conference, spew hate speech and show porn. Here's how to thwart them.

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—Kris Higginson
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