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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.

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

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

Bellevue schools to close March 13-27

District closing schools due to coronavirus concerns.

  • 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

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.

Outbreak – Today’s latest news on COVID-19

74 more cases have been reported in King County.

Low-wage workers will be hardest hit by economic coronavirus impacts

Nonprofits are expecting dramatic increases in requests following layoffs and hour reductions.

Man barricades in vehicle with gun at Bellevue College

As of 8:15 p.m. Thursday, the Bellevue Police Department has been negotiating with the man for three hours.

Coronavirus: Live Coverage for Puget Sound

The virus has killed several and sickened dozens.

  • Mar 10, 2020
Bellevue skyline. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Eastside cities seeing widespread event, meeting cancellations

“Business as usual” was common for most cities earlier this week. Now, cancellations are increasing.

Bellevue skyline. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Tim Killian, a public liaison for the Life Care Center, spoke at a press conference on March 7. This is the first time Life Care, whose Kirkland location has been linked with most coronavirus cases in the U.S., has publicly addressed the situation. Screenshot from livestream

Life Care Center of Kirkland breaks silence at Saturday press conference

A public liaison for the center shedded light on resources, confirmed cases, employees and more.

Tim Killian, a public liaison for the Life Care Center, spoke at a press conference on March 7. This is the first time Life Care, whose Kirkland location has been linked with most coronavirus cases in the U.S., has publicly addressed the situation. Screenshot from livestream
Highlands Middle School construction update February 2020. Photo courtesy of Bellevue School District

Bellevue’s Highland Middle School construction continues

The construction project is expected to be finished by August.

Highlands Middle School construction update February 2020. Photo courtesy of Bellevue School District
Vice President Mike Pence addresses the coronavirus outbreak situation in Washington after meeting with Governor Jay Inslee and public health officials at Camp Murray. Photo by Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Bureau

Vice President arrives with federal health experts to ‘epicenter’ of U.S. coronavirus outbreak

“We’re all in this together,” Mike Pence told Washington state officials.

  • Mar 5, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence addresses the coronavirus outbreak situation in Washington after meeting with Governor Jay Inslee and public health officials at Camp Murray. Photo by Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Bureau
Mike Weatherill holds up a picture of his mother, Louise, at a March 5 press conference. Louise, who was a resident of Life Care, died yesterday. It is unknown whether she died from coronavirus. Blake Peterson/staff photo

‘If anyone’s questions should be answered, it’s ours’: Life Care families demand answers

Families of residents organized a press conference in front of the facility Thursday.

Mike Weatherill holds up a picture of his mother, Louise, at a March 5 press conference. Louise, who was a resident of Life Care, died yesterday. It is unknown whether she died from coronavirus. Blake Peterson/staff photo
Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Possible medical supply shortages worry Virginia Mason doctor

Masks, gowns and gloves are all in high demand.

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Photo courtesy Wikipedia
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks with Reporter staff in 2018. File photo

AG Ferguson takes actions to respond to coronavirus

The attorney general’s office warned of scammers and announced a formal investigation into price gouging.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks with Reporter staff in 2018. File photo
Bellevue skyline. File photo

Amid coronavirus concerns, Eastside cities are taking preventative steps

Most Eastside cities are following recommendations from county officials.

Bellevue skyline. File photo
Bellevue City Hall. Photo courtesy of city of Bellevue

Bellevue mayor signs proclamation of emergency in response to coronavirus

The proclamation streamlines the process of equipment, supply and services attainment as needed.

Bellevue City Hall. Photo courtesy of city of Bellevue

70 Washington coronavirus cases; Inslee announces testing-cost relief

Inslee addressed the outbreak at a Thursday press conference.