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Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System on March 17. KCLS announced March 13 that it would be closed until April at earliest in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo

KCLS pivots to digital during coronavirus pandemic

KCLS is dedicating more time and content to digital services while unable to open its physical locations.

  • Mar 26, 2020
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System on March 17. KCLS announced March 13 that it would be closed until April at earliest in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mitchell Atencio/staff photo
At St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, a patient is taken from an ambulance through a small door marked “decontamination” on March 23. It was unclear whether the patient was suspected of being infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing)

King County releases breakdown data of COVID-19 cases, deaths

Washington’s virus-related death toll surpasses 129 as of Wednesday, March 25.

At St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, a patient is taken from an ambulance through a small door marked “decontamination” on March 23. It was unclear whether the patient was suspected of being infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing)

Former Kent pro soccer team owner to face Kirkland rape charge

Dion Earl extradited from Arizona while doing time for sexual assault

Sen. Hasegawa announces re-election bid for Legislature

11th District includes parts of Renton, Kent

King County suspends work release program

Effort taken to reduce jail population for safety of everyone during COVID-19 pandemic

  • Mar 25, 2020

City of Kent closes its Riverbend Golf Complex

Due to governor’s orders

  • Mar 24, 2020

Activists want rent, mortgage suspensions

Moratoriums on evictions won’t be enough, say some.

Joint statement from the mayors of Auburn, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Tukwila, Enumclaw, Algona and Pacific was issued Sunday, March 22, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courtesy of City of Kent

South King County mayors: Please stay home, follow best practices

Update - 6 p.m. Monday, March 23 Additional mayors across King County have added their names to the list. The mayors of Des Moines (Matt… Continue reading

Joint statement from the mayors of Auburn, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Tukwila, Enumclaw, Algona and Pacific was issued Sunday, March 22, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courtesy of City of Kent

King County COVID-19 death total hits 87

Statewide death total at 110; 93 percent test negative

  • Mar 23, 2020

Governor: Stay at home — and that’s now an order

Jay Inslee on Monday took an aggressive new step to curb social interactions as coronavirus deaths rise.

King County jails reducing inmates, prioritizing space for violent offenders to curb COVID-19

Jails already seeing a significant decrease in inmates from 1,940 to 1,766 between March 1-19, with more cuts on the way.

Renton School District employees hand out bagged lunches to families while schools remain shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Pictured: Campbell Hill Elementary School cook Annette Livingston. Photo by Haley Ausbun.

COVID-19 in Renton – What you need to know

Updates: Renton closes playgrounds, sports fields, restaurants and bars doing to-go orders and statewide moratorium on evictions

Renton School District employees hand out bagged lunches to families while schools remain shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Pictured: Campbell Hill Elementary School cook Annette Livingston. Photo by Haley Ausbun.

King County calls on faith leaders for message of unity

Public Health – Seattle & King County hosted a diversity of faith leaders for a press conference.

King County reduces district court operations

The reductions are in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Mar 23, 2020

Boeing plants in Puget Sound area to close; infected Everett worker dies

To the relief of anxious employees, the company said it will shut down factory operations for two weeks.

Gov. Jay Inslee.

Gov. Inslee to address public at 5:30 p.m. Monday

Governor expected to lay out enhanced strategies to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Mar 23, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee.
Some medical supplies, including face masks, respirators and gowns provided to Washington by the federal government March 5 in conjunction with a visit from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Camp Murray in Pierce County, Washington. Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service

President issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state

Governor appoints Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono to oversee COVID-19 response management.

  • Mar 22, 2020
Some medical supplies, including face masks, respirators and gowns provided to Washington by the federal government March 5 in conjunction with a visit from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Camp Murray in Pierce County, Washington. Cameron Sheppard/WNPA News Service
The shelter will be opened in Harborview Hall in the Harborview Medical Center complex. The hall has sat unused for nearly a decade and required extensive renovations to bring it up to code for use as a 100-bed shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Harborview, King County open coronavirus recovery site

The 45-bed facility will treat those awaiting test results, or who have mild symptoms.

The shelter will be opened in Harborview Hall in the Harborview Medical Center complex. The hall has sat unused for nearly a decade and required extensive renovations to bring it up to code for use as a 100-bed shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Unemployment claims doubled last week as coronavirus shutters businesses

Numbers like this haven’t been seen since height of the Great Recession.