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Updated: Meal program for island students begins this week

Vashon Island School District students can get breakfast and lunch daily while schools are closed.

COVID-19 — What you need to know today

Coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide. How is it impacting King County today?

  • Mar 15, 2020

COVID-19 — What you need to know today

Coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide. How is it impacting King County today?

  • Mar 15, 2020

School closures prompt new public health guidelines for caregivers

The announcement also links resources and other sources of information.

School busses approach the four-way stop in downtown Vashon on Monday morning (Paul Rowley/Staff Photo).

Updated: Vashon Island School District to close for six weeks

On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the closure of all schools to slow the spread of coronavirus.

School busses approach the four-way stop in downtown Vashon on Monday morning (Paul Rowley/Staff Photo).

COVID-19 — What you need to know today

Coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide. How is it impacting King County today?

  • 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.
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

Island feels impact of virus

A string of cancellations and sudden closures last week disrupted the sense of normalcy on Vashon.

VCC restricts access to facility in light of governor’s new rules

The nursing facility will tighten criteria on acceptable visitors, screen people for coronavirus

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

Mobile blood unit is busy on Vashon

A steady stream of islanders came out to donate blood.

Water District 19 rates to hike

The district serves 1,486 connections.

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

Outbreak – Today’s latest news on COVID-19

74 more cases have been reported in King County.

VHS alumnus not able to leave Chinese University due to COVID-19 scare

Alex Witherspoon, 23, a 2014 Vashon Island High School grad, has been in his apartment since January

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

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

Changes to AirCare may impact islanders

AirCare, a popular air ambulatory membership service on the island that can compensate for potentially large out-of-pocket expenses, recently announced it would end its longtime… Continue reading