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Governor amplifies state response to COVID-19
As every state across the country faces the spread of COVID-19, I wanted to give you an update on what we're doing in Washington state:The first priority has been to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 in our communities -- that means millions of Washingtonians are staying home to save lives.
WA has dramatically increased testing, and our insurance commissioner directed insurers to waive deductibles and copays. The state will also be covering the costs of tests for those without health insurance.
WA is enacting a statewide moratorium on evictions, and public utilities will be suspending shut-offs and waiving late fees.

This is a challenge unlike anything we've faced before. Yet like so many challenges our state and our country have faced, the solution is in our own hands. And if... Continues...


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Reader Perspectives

Rees Clark 28-Mar-2020
Tr*mp Grandstanding Again. This time it was at the departure of the hospital ship Comfort enroute New York. No need for his presence; it just delayed the departure. I'm guessing he knows nothing about how departure times are adjusted to the tides.
Site Admin 09-Mar-2020
Stay informed about COVID-19 with the latest from King-Seattle Health Department. www.kingcounty.gov
Frank Alexander 12-Jul-2019
? for the HR dept.: If Dir. of Nat'l. Intelligence Dan Coats leaves and Tr*mp replaces him with yet another acting director, can there be any hope that that person will truly act intelligently?
Edson Romero 13-Mar-2019
Just brought my company LER Web Services to Seattle from Miami Lakes. We hope you welcome us with questions.
UWBotanicGardens 15-Jul-2013
Getting excited to travel to Woodinville Lavender and seeing and smelling a field of lavender!
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rees - Mar 28, 2020, 7:08 PM
I don't often agree with Kim Jung-un, but the past few days the word "dotard" has been bouncing around in my mind. The idea of picking and choosing "safe" counties is so ludicrous...
rees - Mar 28, 2020, 6:17 PM
It seems pretty clear our response capability has been allowed to atrophy. IMHO the Ds slacked off, but the Rs just don't care.
rees - Mar 28, 2020, 6:14 PM
Tr*mp Grandstanding Again. This time it was at the departure of the hospital ship Comfort enroute New York. No need for his presence; it just delayed the departure. I'm guessing he...
rees - Mar 28, 2020, 6:11 PM
Pres. Tr*mp has from the start made this too much about himself. Agree or Disagree?
rees - Mar 27, 2019, 12:10 PM
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg seems very rational so far, but should he be elected, I'm a little concerned about the danger from flying bone shards as the heads of some of my...

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