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Seattle to build 600 new units to house chronically homeless

Aug. 13, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle will invest approximately $60 million through 2021 to quickly build housing for people who are chronically homeless, city leaders announced Wednesday. The investment by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration is the most the city has ever spent in a single year on permanent...

Inslee visits Brewster, latest COVID-19 hot spot in state

Aug. 13, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee visited Okanogan County on Thursday, site of the latest hot spot in a coronavirus pandemic that has hit the counties of central Washington state. Lightly-populated Okanogan County now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the state with nearly 900 confirmed cases...

State sets aside $40M in relief for undocumented residents

Aug. 11, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle residents and Washingtonians applied for relief funds as the coronavirus pandemic diminished their incomes and savings. But for the state’s undocumented workers, that wasn't an option. After months of pressure from immigration activists and organizations, Gov. Jay Inslee is...

Updated COVID-19 guidance issued for religious services

Aug. 11, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Some coronavirus restrictions on in-person worship have been relaxed for churches, under new guidance issued by Gov. Jay Inslee. The Tacoma News-Tribune reports that the guidance issued late Monday includes worship, religious study classes, religious ceremonies and religious holiday...

Limited attendance on outdoor fitness classes announced

Aug. 11, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued updated COVID-19 guidance limiting the number of people allowed to participate in outdoor fitness classes. The new guidance issued late Monday says that if all of the individuals in the class are from different households, the class size is...

New guidelines for gyms go into effect in Washington state

Aug. 10, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — New guidelines for fitness centers and gyms will go into effect Monday in Washington state in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. KING TV reports under the updated guidelines, gyms and fitness facilities will need to nearly triple the minimum distance required for patrons...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Sydney Freenas wears a mask as she works to process ballots from Tuesday's primary election that were mailed out to voters and then deposited in drop boxes or mailed back in, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Washington state has offered voting by mail since 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Two women, both Democrats, will face off in 10th CD

Aug. 6, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The race for Washington's 10th Congressional District is certain to be between two female Democrats, but one of the two is still undetermined as ballots continue to arrive in elections offices and be counted in the state's vote-by-mail primary. With the announcement of Democratic U.S....

Inslee releases virus guidelines for nursing home visitors

Aug. 6, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Calling it a “big step forward,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced how visitors may return to nursing homes and other long term care operations — six months after the country's first known coronavirus outbreak devastated a Kirkland facility. “We have come far...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....