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Virus shutdowns cause big spike in Washington jobless claims

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state was among several states that saw a surge in claims for unemployment benefits as businesses started to temporarily close under state-mandated orders to slow the spread of coronavirus. Numbers released Thursday by the U.S.…

5 workers, 2 patients at psychiatric hospital have COVID-19

SEATTLE (AP) — Five workers and two patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital have tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. In the last week, state health officials said that one Western State Hospital employee and two…

US deaths top 1,000 as $2.2 trillion in virus aid approved

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic topped 1,000 in another grim milestone for a global outbreak that is taking lives and wreaking havoc on economies and the established routines of ordinary life. In a recognition of…

Colorado Army medical unit headed to Washington state

DENVER (AP) — Medical staffers based at Colorado’s Fort Carson are being deployed to Washington State to back up doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients in one of the nation’s hardest hit areas. More than 300 members of the 627th…

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed…

Alaska records first virus death of resident in Washington

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has recorded its first death from the coronavirus, state officials said Tuesday evening. Dr. Anne Zink, the state’s chief medical officer, said the elderly person in a high risk group contracted the virus and died…

The Latest: Trump order makes it crime to stockpile supplies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order making it a crime to excessively stockpile personal protective equipment that is needed by medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has already…

AP Source: Seahawks acquire CB Quinton Dunbar from Redskins

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have finally addressed one of their defensive needs. No, it had nothing to do Jadeveon Clowney or the pass rush. Seattle landed some needed depth in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Quinton Dunbar…

Volunteers sew masks for health workers facing shortages

CHICAGO (AP) — Bill Purdue waterproofs basements for a living, but he has spent the past few days in his buddy’s Washington, Indiana, auto trim and upholstery shop cutting rectangles of cotton fabric that his friend sews into face masks.…

Oregon reports another virus death, bringing total to 4

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is reporting another death from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to four as mayors and others urged Gov. Kate Brown to issue more restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. And a city on…

Trump issues virus disaster declaration for Washington state

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a disaster declaration for Washington and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed dozens. The disaster declaration will provide federal…

Target apologizes for selling face masks amid shortage

SEATTLE (AP) — Target Corp. apologized Saturday for selling face masks in Seattle stores while hospitals face a dire shortage amid a growing coronavirus outbreak. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said his office intervened when it received reports Saturday that the…

Funerals barred in Washington state due to coronavirus

SEATTLE (AP) — Funerals are now on the list of prohibited social gatherings under the state’s “social-distancing” order intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Sports and arts events had already been halted after Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 16…