• The state death toll reached 338 people, according to numbers released by the Washington State Department of Health on Sunday evening.
• That is an increase of 28 deaths in 24 hours. That's higher than previous days, when there were 26 deaths in a 48-hour period. However, the state's reporting has been inconsistent all week, coming at haphazard intervals.
• The state has now confirmed 7,984 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 393 since the last numbers. The number of people who've been tested rose by 3,457 to 91,375. The state's population is 7.5 million.
• We've done so well here flattening our curve that we don't need the 500 ventilators headed our way. So Governor Inslee is returning 400 of them to the Strategic National Stockpile, saying, "These ventilators are going to New York and other states hardest hit by this virus."
• In New York, the "state reported 594 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday — a small decrease compared to the 630 new fatalities announced the day before."
• Funerals around the world look like nothing we've ever seen before.
• A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19. Her name is Nadia.
• Governor Inslee said on Meet the Press on Sunday morning: "I'm glad we got on it relatively early. While the president was saying this was not a problem and it was a hoax, we were acting to save the lives of our citizens."
• But he stressed that we're not out of the woods: "Even if Washington gets on top of his fully, if another state doesn't, it can come back across our borders two months from now." Watch:
• Inslee also said it's "ludicrous" that we don't have national stay-at-home orders, and ridiculous that the president has not mobilized private industry to help.
• The surgeon general said on Sunday, "This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives... This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country."
• The woman interviewed in her car in this video thinks the blood of Christ is going to protect her from COVID-19. God, we live in such a stupid country:
• Speaking of stupidity plus Christianity, Pat Robertson thinks (according to this tweet, can't find the video link to verify) the coronavirus was caused by men going down on women. "When people do that, they transfer all kinds of chemicals from ladies' private parts and that's where I think this virus came from." LMFAO.
• Hundreds of students in Washington state are dropping out of college because of the coronavirus.
• Across the country, farmers are dumping food ("We cannot pick the produce if we cannot sell it, because we cannot afford the payroll every week") while food banks are struggling to have enough to feed people.
• A hair salon in south Seattle was vandalized, its owner reporting: "Literally every inch of the property is graffiti-ed."
• The worldwide death count reached 64,650 by Saturday late-afternoon, according to this count, and the number of cases worldwide reached 1,199,064.
• "A drug used to treat HIV and cancer patients has shown success in treating some of the most severe COVID-19 patients," KIRO reports. "The drug is called leronlimab and comes in a vial."
• Seattle traffic is at about 50 percent of typical levels and has been for two weeks, Seattle Times reports.
• "A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus."
• A company in Bothell has a deal with General Motors to ramp up production of ventilators. They will be assembled in Indiana.
• Trump said Saturday afternoon: "The residents of Washington state have done a really good job of following the federal distancing guidelines. They really have." Um, thanks?
• He also said: "The residents of Washington state have done a really good job of following the federal distancing guidelines, they really have."
• He went on: "As the situation in Washington state continues to stabilize, we’re returning a 300-bed federal medical station to a different location where we need it. We appreciate that they won’t be needing it, we appreciate them letting us know. We’re going to move it to a different location. It was already built." As KIRO reports, this caused "speculation that one of several recently built field hospitals would be leaving the state," for instance the field hospital at CenturyLink field. "But it turned out the president actually meant hospital beds."
• Around 52:50, the President says: "This will be probably the toughest week. Between this week and next week. There will be a lot of death."
• New York state just saw 630 deaths in 24 hours, a grim new record. That state's total death toll has surpassed 3,500.
• "China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases," according to US intelligence.
• The National Guard has been deployed in Washington state to help food banks.
• Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota still have no shelter-in-place rules or recommendations. Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn't understand that.
• In Iowa, a man held a horse auction "that drew about 600 people, despite pleas from health officials during a time of social distancing." Who attended this auction? "Mostly Amish people."
• Gov. Inslee vetoed over 147 new spending allocations approved by the Washington State Legislature last session, cutting a total of $445 million from the budget over the next three years. Rich Smith overviews some of the cuts here.
• The Governor also announced that he was extending the eviction moratorium for as long as the current Stay Home order is in place, which pushes that date back from April 17 to at least May 4. So that's good! That's a good Friday thing! Good job!
• $500 million in federal aid is headed toward Puget Sound transit agencies. Details from Heidi Groover here.
• Corona beer has had to halt production in Mexico due to the coronavirus. The name thing is just a coincidence.
• The C.D.C. is now recommending that Americans wear masks in public. Trump says he's "choosing not to do it." Dan Savage says:
• Are you planning on making your own mask this weekend? Here are some tips from KUOW. This one wasn't included but could be useful to our readers:
• The Seattle region is one of the first areas in the nation to receive a "revolutionary new system that can decontaminate up to 80,000 protective masks each day for reuse." The "Critical Care Decontamination System" should be ready to operate starting next week.
• Nancy Pelosi suggested that Democrats could pause infrastructure priorities and instead devote resources to another stimulus package that would mirror that $2.2 trillion package passed and signed into law last week.
• Free parking, y'all.
To support residents staying healthy at home and essential workers who must drive, we are making parking free throughout the City. Starting tomorrow, @seattledot and @SeattlePD are making temporary changes to on-street parking in Seattle. Learn more at:https://t.co/u9AjeIOTq1
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) April 3, 2020
• The U.S. jobs report is out: "The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that unemployment rose to 4.4% in March, up from a 50-year low of 3.5% in February, as the US lost 701,000 jobs." But the report was compiled using data from before March 14, before unemployment really spiked. That unemployment rate "could rise to 30% in the coming months," speculated treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin and others.
• Trump wants 3M to stop shipping medical supplies to other countries. Canada, one of those countries, said this move would be a "mistake," and Justin Trudeau suggested retaliation by preventing Canadian shipments from coming to the U.S. "These are things that Americans rely on," Trudeau said. "It would be a mistake to create blockages or reduce the amount of back-and-forth trade of essential goods and services, including medical goods, across our border."
We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing - will have a big price to pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2020
• Four billion people are under a stay-at-home order. Some U.S. states still aren't. Dr. Anthony Fauci (who apparently is also in the running to be "Sexiest Man Alive") thinks the restrictions should be extended to all states. All eyes are on you North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas.
• Say hello to the National Guard, Washington. They're helping out in a number of places including food banks across the state:
Guardsmen are working today at the Nourish Food Bank Warehouse processing, packing and preparing boxes to be delivered through Pierce County. Nourish was feeding more than 7% of Pierce County before #COVID19. #WeGotThisWA pic.twitter.com/cHLBolw5Wo
— WA National Guard (@WANationalGuard) April 3, 2020
• The WNBA season has been postponed.
• Gov. Inslee has announced an extension of Washington's stay-home order through May 4. This extends the state's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order for an additional month and effectively means the state is on lockdown until May 5. Inslee noted that this may not be the last time the order will need to be extended. Here is an updated list of businesses deemed essential.
• Jeff Bezos announced on Thursday that he'll donate $100 million to U.S. food banks during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is one of the largest donations by a tech leader in response to COVID-19, but it also comes during this:
• White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said on Thursday that not enough Americans are abiding by guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus. Looks like that almost perfect response isn't going to happen.
• Mobile refrigerated morgue trailers are popping up around the country's hospitals. Even Florida, the state that has perhaps denied coronavirus the most, is planning on setting up a refrigerated trailer outside every Veterans Affairs hospital in the state.
• The White House announced on Thursday that Trump will be invoking the Defense Production Act to increase the manufacturing of ventilators. The order directs six companies to produce ventilators: General Electric Co., Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., Medtronic Public Limited Co., ResMed Inc., Royal Philips N.V. and Vyaire Medical Inc.
• Need a break? Skagit Valley's Tulip Town is offering “tulip safaris,” where guests are allowed to view the famous tulips from their own cars. There are also live-streamed virtual reality tours.
• Life Care Center of Kirkland, the Washington state nursing home that was the site of the country's first major coronavirus outbreak, faces a fine of more than $611,000.
• In two weeks, at least 10 million jobs have been lost in the U.S. "Hopes for a dramatic but brief downturn followed by a quick recovery have faded," writes the New York Times, "and in their place are fears that the world may be on the cusp of an economic shock unseen since the Great Depression."
• Amazon is doing a bad job preventing coronavirus profiteering: "The claims are false and it’s really a dangerous place for consumers."
• Do you need help finding emergency food resources in Seattle? Check out this interactive map.
• A sobering statement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “If a person comes in and needs a ventilator and you don’t have a ventilator, the person dies. That’s the blunt equation here. And right now we have a burn rate that would suggest we have about six days in the stockpile.”
• The Democratic National Committee's presidential convention is postponed until mid-August.
• Around 70 college students in Texas flouted coronavirus warnings and went to Cabo San Lucas for Spring Break. Now at least 44 of them have the virus. Maybe Mexico really will build that wall.
• "Shoot them dead": Some of the measures being taken by countries around the world to control the spread of coronavirus are unfathomable.
• The Great Wheel has a new light show dedicated to our city's essential workers. It will run each day from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. You probably shouldn't walk down to see it.
• A group of Redmond teens is running a full-scale 3D printing operation using their school’s 3D printers. They’re creating protective face masks for local hospitals.
• The Pentagon is looking for 100,000 body bags to put us in.
• Labor unions are pissed at Amazon: “You claim to have adopted a number of practices to sanitize worksites and protect workers, but a compelling number of workers have come forward—and even run the incredible personal risk of walking off the job—to report that the actual situation in warehouses does not match Amazon’s public relations statements."
BREAKING: Governor Kemp is signing a statewide shelter-in-place order for Georgia. It starts this Friday and lasts through April 13th. He is also cancelling all k-12 public school through the rest of this school year. pic.twitter.com/OGdBaFgnaV
— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) April 1, 2020
• Who is an essential worker in Washington state? Gov. Inslee's office updated who the state considers essential and nonessential. Geoduck farmers? Essential. Golfers? Nonessential.
• Almost 3,000 U.S. sailors will be taken off their coronavirus-infected aircraft carrier by Friday. On Tuesday, a captain of the carrier pleaded for help: “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset—our Sailors.”
• NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says America's biggest city needs to find 3.3 million N95 masks, 2.1 million surgical masks, 100,000 isolation gowns, and 400 ventilators by Sunday.
• A 104-year-old man in Oregon has survived COVID-19: "He is fully recovered. He is very perky. And he is very excited.”
• On Wednesday, taking cues from the White House, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis belatedly, begrudgingly issued a stay-at-home order for the next 30 days.
• The Seattle area's blood supply is OK—for now. We still need lots of blood.
• At his Tuesday press briefing, Trump suggested a U.S. death toll of 100,000 people would be a "very low number." A lot more “would have died if we did nothing, if we just carried on with our life," Trump continued, rambling, and then estimated that as many as 2.2 million people would have died "if we did nothing." These press events are a fucking mess.
• Hospitals in New York City are already overflowing with bodies.
• What do you have to do to get your government stimulus check? "For most people, nothing."
• Watch out for coronavirus stimulus check scams. Tell your grandma.
• Chris Smalls led a warehouse workers strike on Staten Island. Then Amazon fired him for it, reports Bloomberg. The workers wanted Amazon to clean the facility due to concerns about COVID-19 contamination. Amazon cited "violating social distancing guidelines" in Smalls's walking papers. Meghan McCain is pissed.
• The Seattle City Council passed a nonbinding resolution "calling on Governor Inslee to impose an immediate moratorium on rent payments" during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution passed 9-0, but the move is only symbolic. The council hopes it puts pressure on state and federal officials. Councilmember Tammy Morales sponsored the resolution.
Just this weekend, I heard from 200+ constituents who said that a moratorium on rent and mortgage would be the only way for them to survive this crisis. As elected leaders, we must be bold in fighting for the economic futures of renters, homeowners, property owners, & biz owners.
— Tammy J. Morales (@CMTammyMorales) March 30, 2020
Today the Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for immediate moratorium on residential & commercial rent, & mortgage payments. We’re asking State & Federal leaders to act on this so constituents don’t go into an economic crisis accruing debt. https://t.co/WkcoM8IsZ1
— Tammy J. Morales (@CMTammyMorales) March 30, 2020
• Some updates from Governor Inslee's Monday afternoon press conference:
• All Washingtonians need to follow the state's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.
• One local police chief made clear that the public shouldn't mistake their requests for voluntary compliance to mean that compliance is optional.
• Violators who don't abide by Washington's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order could, as a last resort, face charges and court dates if they don't close non-essential businesses, give up non-essential trips on state roadways, and abandon group gatherings.
• The available testing in Washington state now shows concerning numbers of new coronavirus infections in more rural areas.
• Numbers of new infections in some rural Washington counties, Gov. Inslee reported Monday, “are two to three times higher than what we’ve experienced in the week before. It is very alarming to us, frankly."
Lots more from Eli Sanders here.
• It looks like social distancing is working in Seattle. Keep it up.
• COVID-19 is spreading quickly through America's jails and prisons.
• Monday morning, the White House coronavirus response coordinator reiterated the prediction that the United States could see between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths related to coronavirus—if we do things "almost perfectly." Italy currently leads the global death count with around 11,591 deaths, reports Johns Hopkins.
"If we do things together well ... we could get in the range of 100,000-200,000 fatalities. We don't even want to see that." -Dr. Birx
"You kind of take my breath away with that because what I hear you saying is that's sort of the best case scenario." -@savannahguthrie pic.twitter.com/bridl3WFJQ
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 30, 2020
• Read last week's live coronavirus update post here.