Editor’s note: This is a live account of COVID-19 updates from Sunday, June 14, as the day unfolded. It is no longer being updated. Click here to see the most recent news about the pandemic, and click here to find additional resources.
As Washington counties slowly begin to reopen, coronavirus infections are on the rise throughout Washington, according to a new report from the state Department of Health. State epidemiologists have seen large increases in Benton, Yakima, Spokane and Franklin counties. Gov. Jay Inslee said the report shows that “cases and deaths will soon increase substantially if COVID-19 continues to spread at the current levels.”
On Sunday, state health officials confirmed 296 new COVID-19 cases in Washington, along with four deaths. Scientists are finding that the length of the novel coronavirus symptoms varies by person, with some people remaining sick for months.
Worldwide, Brazil now has the second highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, trailing only the U.S. China reported 57 new cases on Sunday, the most the country has had in two months, showing how the virus can return after coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Throughout Sunday, on this page, we’ll post updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Saturday 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 Sunday.