Washington State governor officially enacts shelter-in-place order

Washington State governor officially enacts shelter-in-place order

Much like similar practices taking place in California and NY, the shelter-in-place order asks residents to stay home as much as possible, limiting trips outside to only ones of necessity, such as buying groceries or visiting the doctor.

As of Monday, more than 2,200 CCP virus cases have been confirmed in the state, and at least 110 people have died. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

"This is a very hard choice and I make this hard choice knowing it will add to the economic and family hardship many in our state are already feeling as we try to slow and turn back this pandemic", Inslee said in a televised address from Olympia.

Last week, Inslee ordered that bars and restaurants, as well as entertainment facilities, had to close for 30 days.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration that calls on state agencies to continue their diligence and cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and ensures that in can seek funding to control and stop the spread of coronavirus. "Without social distancing this just keeps spreading like wildfire". "That is what we're doing". "Instead, if our deputies see banned gatherings, we will take an educational approach and remind people of the current restrictions issued by the Governor". Inslee asked that people avoid the impulse to overstock, saying that if everyone sticks to normal buying habits stores will have enough for everyone. A week earlier, Inslee closed all K-12 schools in the state.

"Schools will reopen. Weddings will happen".

"We know life will look different tomorrow in Washington", Inslee said.

After the coronavirus related death of an employee, aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced it would temporarily close down its manufacturing facilities in the Puget Sound area. Inslee praised the company's decision to have an orderly shutdown and continue to pay workers.

Restaurants can also continue providing take-out and delivery service. The Bellingham Herald reports 23 of the new cases were residents while six were Shuksan employees.

President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a major disaster declaration for Washington and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the outbreak.

After the first cases emerged last week, "all consenting residents" of Shuksan Healthcare Center were tested for COVID-19, Cindy Hollinsworth, a county health department official, said at a news conference Saturday.

And federal regulators on Monday said they found serious infractions during their check of a Seattle-area nursing home hard-hit by the coronavirus and they're giving it three weeks to fix them.

Officials are also linking the second COVID-19 death in Whatcom County to the center, writing that the person in their 80s developed symptoms after being discharged earlier this month. They found that the Life Care Center of Kirkland failed to rapidly identify and manage sick residents; failed to notify the Washington Department of Health about the increasing rate of respiratory infections among residents; and failed to have a backup plan in the absence of Life Care's primary clinician, who fell ill.

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