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Coronavirus: Live Coverage for Puget Sound

The virus has killed several and sickened dozens.

  • Mar 10, 2020
A note on the door of the Vashon Senior Center says the facility will be closed on Friday, March 6, but the executive director announced on Thursday it is in fact closed for “the foreseeable future” due to concerns of COVID-19. (Paul Rowley/Staff Photo)

Vashon Senior Center closes — for now — over concern for coronavirus

While there’s no confirmed case of COVID-19, the facility says it’s following pubic health guidelines

A note on the door of the Vashon Senior Center says the facility will be closed on Friday, March 6, but the executive director announced on Thursday it is in fact closed for “the foreseeable future” due to concerns of COVID-19. (Paul Rowley/Staff Photo)

Mobile blood drive scheduled Monday

Cancelations of other blood drives in the Seattle region spark this one on Vashon

Gray whale spotted in Tramp Harbor

Some gray whales, beginning long migrations, stick around the area from March until May to feed.

  • Mar 6, 2020
Tom Langland, president of the board of commissioners for the Vashon Health Care District, and fellow commissioner LeeAnn Brown, fill out paperwork after the district’s meeting on March 4, at the presbyterian church. (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)

Health Care district gets staff member, looks for permanent superintendent

Board said fire district secy. would join them, reported lost state funding and Neighborcare stall

Tom Langland, president of the board of commissioners for the Vashon Health Care District, and fellow commissioner LeeAnn Brown, fill out paperwork after the district’s meeting on March 4, at the presbyterian church. (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)
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

70 Washington coronavirus cases; Inslee announces testing-cost relief

Inslee addressed the outbreak at a Thursday press conference.

City leaders upset at county’s plan for quarantine facility in Kent | Update

King County releases details about purchase of Econo Lodge

King County cancels most in-person meetings, moves to Skype

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, non-essential in-person meetings for March have been called off.

The state coronavirus hotline is dropping calls

A state Department of Health spokesperson said their phone system is being overwhelmed.

FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Tenth coronavirus death reported in WA

Over 200 people are being supervised for possible virus exposure

FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Speaker shares her ‘zero waste’ lifestyle tips

Siobhan McComb speaks on how to drastically reduce waste in the home

COVID: Call before seeing a doctor, especially the elderly, asthmatic

Those with underlying lung or immune system problems are more at risk for serious complications.

Youth and Family Services head to retire

For four years, Carol Goertzel has led the 40-plus-year-old indepedent organization on Vashon

McDermott proposes ban on fireworks

Bill would apply to all types of fireworks including sparklers and other “safe” options.

Superintendent: No confirmed case of coronavirus in schools

Despite rumor, none of the Vashon district’s principals or nurses have been told of a case by county

Empty or almost bare shelves in the toilet paper and towel aisle of Vashon Thriftway are seen on Monday night. (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)

Coronavirus on islanders’ minds

Local groups strategize, businesses sell out or run low on products after King County virus deaths

Empty or almost bare shelves in the toilet paper and towel aisle of Vashon Thriftway are seen on Monday night. (Kevin Opsahl/Staff Photo)