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VRFA fire and rescue blotter | March 13

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to the 275 calls for service between March 2 and March 8, among them the following: March 2 Residential… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020
Photo by Haley Ausbun. The Renton Community Center, located at 1715 Maple Valley Highway, was closed until March 31 after the family of a preschooler in a program there told the city they had been exposed to a case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Pictured: signage about the closure on the door of the center.

Live COVID-19 Coverage: March 12

March 12, 2020 5:20 p.m. The University of Washington has reported two coronavirus cases in its psychiatric ward. Following the positive tests, all 22 patients… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020
Photo by Haley Ausbun. The Renton Community Center, located at 1715 Maple Valley Highway, was closed until March 31 after the family of a preschooler in a program there told the city they had been exposed to a case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Pictured: signage about the closure on the door of the center.
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City Council ratifies state of emergency, suspends some of its own meeting rules

Actions come from the growing public health impacts of the pandemic; city venues to remain closed

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Auburn schools to close March 16 to April 24, per governor’s 3-county order

Superintendent Spicciati: ‘We understand that this plan will create hardship for many families and we appreciate your patience and cooperation’

CWU student from Auburn who fell from fourth floor of Ellensburg apartment dies

A Central Washington University student from Auburn died after falling from a fourth-floor window at an off-campus apartment complex Tuesday night, Ellensburg Police reported. Police… Continue reading

Protesters hold signs advocating for a veto on Senate Bill 5395. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Protesters blast Legislature’s sex education directive

Republican lawmakers attempt to make the bill a ballot issue for November elections.

  • Mar 12, 2020
Protesters hold signs advocating for a veto on Senate Bill 5395. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Road-rager shatters woman’s windshield

The woman was northbound on Auburn Way North coming up to 277th Street at about 12:20 p.m. March 5 when she approached a passenger car… Continue reading

4 King County paramedics quarantined after COVID-19 exposure

Two paramedic interns, two South King County primary response employees are asymptomatic, according to union executives.

As virus spreads, seniors and the disadvantaged suffer in many ways

Activity center closes indefinitely; food bank short on volunteers

COVID-19 — What you need to know today

More cases and deaths were reported in King County as the governor works to shut down large events

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Rep. Schrier introduces bill requiring all insurance plans to cover full cost of COVID-19 testing

Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-Wash., Eighth District, has introduced legislation requiring all health insurance plans to cover the full cost of COVID-19 testing for U.S. consumers.… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2020
U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier. REPORTER FILE PHOTO
U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Rep. Schrier statement on House passage of coronavirus funding package

Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-Wash., District 8, released the following statement after the House passed a spending package that will address the coronavirus and protect Americans:… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2020
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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Public events in King County to be cancelled or restricted due to outbreak

It applies to everything from faith events to sporting events and concerts.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

To ward off COVID-19, Auburn School District cancels community and parent activities, school events

Superintendent: ‘I believe the governor will order schools to close, potentially for several weeks. We encourage you to be prepared’

Millions of county dollars to help transform Kent motel into an isolation, quarantine facility

Council approves expansive package, including $28.2 million in funding for COVID-19 response

  • Mar 11, 2020

Rep. Stokesbary issues statement on 2020 supplemental operating budget

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the 2020 supplemental operating budget agreed to by… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2020
A security guard positions cones as he stands watch in front of the Econo Lodge-turned-coronavirus-quarantine site on Central Avenue North on Tuesday. King County personnel were on site preparing the motel’s transformation into an isolation/quarantine center. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Petition calls for King County to stop quarantine site

Citizens, councilmembers question process for choosing locations.

A security guard positions cones as he stands watch in front of the Econo Lodge-turned-coronavirus-quarantine site on Central Avenue North on Tuesday. King County personnel were on site preparing the motel’s transformation into an isolation/quarantine center. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter
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All Washington State Fair events canceled through March

Puyallup events center falls under governor’s prohibition related to COVID-19 virus

  • Mar 11, 2020
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ShoWare Center acting on governor’s directive; events impacted

Prohibits gatherings of 250 people or more due to COVID-19

  • Mar 11, 2020
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CHI opens 11 COVID-19 screening centers around Washington

Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Enumclaw are some of the places people can go to get tested.