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  • caption: Erika Sandoval, a nurse with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association, administers a flu shot on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Concord International Elementary School in Seattle.

    Updates: Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, October 25, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,296 Covid-19 related deaths; 102,913 confirmed cases (2.2% death rate among positive cases). Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health, shown here, is one of three vaccines in Phase 3 trials in the U.S. With development and testing underway, health officials are asking states to prepare for limited distribution of a potential vaccine as soon as this fall — though some experts say that's too early.

    Pandemic updates in Washington state (October 19-25)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, October 18, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,239 Covid-19 related deaths; 98,201 confirmed cases (2.4% death rate among positive cases). Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Volunteer Cheryl Gaddis stacks crates on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the Tukwila Pantry Food Bank on South 140th Street in Tukwila. Gaddis has volunteered at the Riverton Park Methodist Church, the site of the food bank, for 15 years.

    Updates: Pandemic in Washington state (October 12-18)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, October 9, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,190 Covid-19 related deaths; 92,560 confirmed cases (2.4% death rate among positive cases). Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Spc. Erik Jones, left, and Spc. Andre Bhatt with the Washington National Guard load bags and boxes of food into the back of a vehicle on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the Tukwila Pantry Food Bank on South 140th Street in Tukwila.

    Blog: Covid-19 pandemic in Washington (October 5-9)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, October 4, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,142 Covid-19 related deaths; 88,874 confirmed cases (2.4% death rate among positive cases). Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below. One of the worst outbreaks in the nation during August/September was in Pullman, around Washington State University.

  • caption: Dory, an employee at Pike Place Flowers, removes leaves while making a bouquet on Friday, October 2, 2020, in Seattle.

    Updates: Pandemic in Washington state (September 28-October 2)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, September 27, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,080 Covid-19 related deaths; 85,830 confirmed cases (2.4% death rate among positive cases). Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below. One of the worst outbreaks in the nation during August/September was in Pullman, around Washington State University.

  • caption: FILE: A student at the Denise Louie Education Center on Thursday, July 16, 2020, along Beacon Avenue South in Seattle.

    Blog: Pandemic updates in Washington state (September 21-27)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Saturday, September 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,037 Covid-19 related deaths; 82,548 confirmed cases (2.5% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. Compared to white people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, seven times higher for Latino/x people, and nearly seven times higher for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below. One of the worst outbreaks in the nation during August/September was in Pullman, around Washington State University.

  • caption: A UW Medicine patient is tested for coronavirus by a UW Medicine nurse on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the University of Washington Northwest Outpatient Medical Center on Meridian Avenue North in Seattle.

    Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the NW (September 14-18)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, September 11, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,991 Covid-19 related deaths; 79,011 confirmed cases (2.5% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. Compared to white people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, seven times higher for Latino/x people, and nearly seven times higher for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. While the pandemic initially struck older populations hard, more recent surges in case numbers (June/July) have been driven by younger people -- ages 40 and below. One of the worst outbreaks in the nation during August/September was in Pullman, around Western Washington University.

  • caption: View of Lake Washington from Laurelhurst in Seattle. September 11, 2020

    Relief from smoke, unhealthy air not coming Monday

    Seattle spent the weekend under an orange hue as wildfire smoke continued to blanket the region, bringing air quality down to unhealthy levels for everyone. After nearly a week of smoky air, there may be some relief on the horizon.