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Gov. Jay Inslee discusses the deployment of a field hospital at CenturyLink Field Event Center on Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Seattle, Wash. This field hospital is expected to create at least 150 hospital beds for non-COVID-19 cases. (Amanda Snyder/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Seattle Seahawks field to host military hospital amid virus

Mar. 28, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A military field hospital for people with medical issues that are not related to the coronavirus outbreak is under construction at CenturyLink Field Event Center, which is home to the Seattle Seahawks football team. Three hundred soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital at Fort Carson,...

Aggravated murder charges filed in trooper's death on I-5

Mar. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An Olympia man was charged Friday with aggravated first-degree murder in connection with the death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer, who was killed during a high-speed police pursuit on Interstate 5 in Chehalis. Michael David Thompson is accused of deliberately plowing into...

A photo taken Friday, March 27, 2020, in Bellingham, Wash., and provided by Ming Lin hows Dr. Ming Lin, an emergency room doctor at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. Lin said Friday he was fired after publicly criticizing the hospital’s coronavirus preparations. (Dr. Ming Lin via AP)

Doctor loses job after criticizing hospital's virus response

Mar. 28, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An emergency room doctor who publicly criticized the coronavirus preparations at his hospital in Washington state has lost his job. Dr. Ming Lin, a ER doctor at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham for the past 17 years, told The Associated Press on Friday night he had been...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

April special elections move ahead amid COVID-19 concerns

Mar. 27, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bond and levy elections in several jurisdictions in nine counties will move ahead at the end of April after Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee declined a request by Secretary of State Kim Wyman and county elections officials to cancel or postpone the elections amid concerns about COVID-19....

77-year-old retired teacher first Montana coronavirus death

Mar. 27, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first person in Montana to die of a coronavirus-related illness was a high school biology teacher from Washington state who had retired about a decade ago to a lakeside home near the Cabinet Mountains. Jim Tomlin was 77 when he died Thursday in a hospital in Kalispell, minutes...

Al Jackson, a die-hard Seattle Mariners fan and 11-year season ticket holder, takes a photo through the bars at the home plate entrance of T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Thursday, March 26, 2020, around the time when the Mariners' Opening Day baseball game against the visiting Texas Rangers would have started. Earlier in the month, Major League Baseball called off the start of the season due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but Jackson said he still felt he needed to be down at the ballpark just the same. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Schools to ready plans amidst virus shutdown; more deaths

Mar. 27, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

A look at virus-related developments in Washington: CASES In Washington state, health authorities said Friday there had been at least an additional 26 deaths reported from COVID-19. That brought the total to at least 175 coronavirus deaths in the state, along with about 3,700 confirmed cases. For most people, the...

West Seattle Bridge to be shored up before repair work

Mar. 27, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The West Seattle Bridge needs additional support before contractors enter the 600-foot (183-meter) arched span to complete scheduled repairs needed so the bridge can be reopened for traffic, city officials said. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the emergency bridge closure Monday after a...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, a nurse works in the room of a patient who has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. Nursing home outbreaks of COVID-19 have raised concern in the U.S. since widespread infection at the Kirkland facility led to dozens of deaths. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

For nursing homes, symptoms aren't enough to tell who's sick

Mar. 27, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An investigation at a Seattle-area nursing home concluded that symptoms aren't enough to identify who is infected once the coronavirus enters a long-term care facility. Residents without symptoms could have the virus, so it won't work to simply separate those with symptoms from others....

FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, coffins are lined up on the floor in the San Giuseppe church in Seriate, one of the areas worst hit by coronavirus, near Bergamo, Italy, waiting to be taken to a crematory. As the COVID-19 death toll mounts, faith leaders are grappling with a heart-wrenching question: How do you conduct a funeral in the midst of a global pandemic? (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Faith leaders grapple with funerals amid global pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

(RNS) — For Menaka Kannan, it was bad enough when she heard that a fellow member of New York City’s Baha’i community had contracted the novel coronavirus. But she was not emotionally prepared for the news that came roughly a week later: He had succumbed to the infection and died. “The...