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  • caption: FILE: QFC and Fred Meyer pharmacists are shown at a free drive-thru coronavirus testing site on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in the parking garage at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. QFC and Fred Meyer announced a partnership with the city of Seattle and the Seattle Mariners for the free testing.

    Blog: Pandemic updates in Washington state

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Saturday, September 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,037 Covid-19 related deaths; 82,548 confirmed cases (2.5% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. Compared to white people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, seven times higher for Latino/x people, and nearly seven times higher for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below. One of the worst outbreaks in the nation during August/September was in Pullman, around Washington State University.

  • caption: A Black Lives Matter sign at a march near Westlake Park in Seattle, following an announcement that the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor would not be criminally charged, Sept. 23, 2020.

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    Daily updates on news and information coming out of KUOW's newsroom.

  • caption: A UW Medicine patient is tested for coronavirus by a UW Medicine nurse on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the University of Washington Northwest Outpatient Medical Center on Meridian Avenue North in Seattle.

    Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the NW (September 14-18)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, September 11, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,991 Covid-19 related deaths; 79,011 confirmed cases (2.5% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. Compared to white people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, seven times higher for Latino/x people, and nearly seven times higher for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below. One of the worst outbreaks in the nation during August/September was in Pullman, around Western Washington University.

  • caption: View of Lake Washington from Laurelhurst in Seattle. September 11, 2020

    Relief from smoke, unhealthy air not coming Monday

    Seattle spent the weekend under an orange hue as wildfire smoke continued to blanket the region, bringing air quality down to unhealthy levels for everyone. After nearly a week of smoky air, there may be some relief on the horizon.

  • caption: FILE: An individual demonstrating for racial justice holds a sign that reads 'White Silence Kills,' on Sunday June 7, 2020, near Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.

    Updates: Protests for racial justice in the Northwest

    Demonstrations and protests for racial justice continue in western Washington, alongside related action from local leaders. The rallying cry of these protests has been to defund the police. Here's what that means.

  • caption: FILE: A healthcare worker at UW Medicine's drive-through coronavirus testing clinic on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Seattle.

    Blog: Ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, September 4, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,953 Covid-19 related deaths; 76,335 confirmed cases (2.6% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. Compared to white people, the rate of Covid cases is three times higher for Black people, five times higher for Latinx people, and six times higher for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below.

  • caption: Customers gather outside of the Tippe and Drague Alehouse on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, on Beacon Avenue South in Seattle.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state (August 27-September 4)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, August 28, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,905 Covid-19 related deaths; 73,301 confirmed cases (2.6% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. Compared to white people, the rate of Covid cases is three times higher for Black people, five times higher for Latinx people, and six times higher for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below.