Researchers from France to Seattle are working on a coronavirus vaccine. Sylvain Lefevre / Getty Images
• There’s a siege mentality among grocery store employees: “People are going to keep needing food. It’s such a weird feeling when you come to work. It’s like walking into a minefield.”
• Safeway and Albertsons will hold special hours for at-risk shoppers.
• Seattle is the epicenter of the United States’s coronavirus outbreak… for now.
• New York City might be the next place to get a “shelter in place” order.
• Seattle and King County are offering $2 million in grants for local arts and culture orgs who had to close up shop to flatten the curve. Seattle is dumping $100,000 into private arts funds. One consultant guesses the need for orgs is ~$2-3 million per week.
• Seattle’s Navigation Team will “pause” most of its encampment removals.
• McMenamins has laid off nearly 3,000 employees.
• “This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” Who do you think said this? You’d never guess!
• Bill warned us.
• There are now 1012 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington and 52 deaths, according to Tuesday’s update from the Washington Department of Health. That’s an increase of 108 cases and four deaths since Monday.
• At least 100 people have died from coronavirus in the United States.
• A drive-thru coronavirus test site is now open to UW Medicine patients. “Starting Tuesday and every day after for as long as needed the drive-thru clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, and perform 50 tests a day,” reports KOMO. The staff is hoping they can add other sites in the near future.
• SeaTac Airport wants $10 billion in aid from the federal government.
• Seattle Children’s Hospital will now serve young adults up to 21 years of age. The move is an effort to free up space at other local hospitals.
• The Seattle Rep has canceled the remainder of their season.
We are heartbroken to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining productions in our 2019/20 season, The Importance of Being Earnest and Lydia and the Troll, due to evolving health concerns.
Visit our website for more details. https://t.co/1Cepog2OmN
— Seattle Rep (@seattlerep) March 17, 2020
• It’s looking like the coronavirus outbreak might turn Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend into reality.
• The Seattle City Council met via conference call and voted to approve and expand Mayor Durkan’s residential eviction moratorium. A commercial eviction moratorium seems like it is coming down the pipeline.
• People need a motherfucking rent freeze. Rent is due!
• Nordstrom is shutting down all of its stores.
—Wash their hands before and after entering your car
—Give space by sitting in the back seat
—Cover their mouth or nose if they cough or sneeze
—Consider rolling down the window to improve ventilation
• Regal and AMC will close their theaters around the country. They anticipate reopening but do not have definite end dates to their closures.
• Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Research Institute is officially “Team Coronavirus.” They gave the first shots in a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine on Monday.
Here’s the 1st of 4 volunteers who this morning received an investigational vaccine for COVID-19 as part of a @kpwashington phase 1 clinical trial. Learn more here: https://t.co/gSJtLyOG2K Thanks to @NIH for making it possible. Credit: Ted S. Warren / AP Photos https://t.co/WiFc7WXlSf pic.twitter.com/IqovYszmYB
— KP WA Research (@KPWaResearch) March 16, 2020
• The Dow had its worst point drop ever on Monday: “Instead of soothing the markets, another emergency interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve had the opposite effect.”
• Millions of Californians have been told to “shelter in place.” They are apparently still allowed to do outdoor activities like hike and walk.
Effective at midnight, San Francisco will require people to stay home except for essential needs.
Necessary government functions & essential stores will remain open.
• It’s hard to practice social distancing when it’s so beautiful outside.
• King County District Courts will close their courtrooms Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.
Tax Amazon: Fund COVID-19 Relief! Fund Housing!
– Immediately pass a $500M Big Biz Tax for Coronavirus Emergency Relief!
• “All of us have to recognize that for the next several weeks, normal is not in our game plan,” said Washington State Governor Jay Inslee at a Monday morning press conference. Inslee is shutting down bars, restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, gyms, bowling alleys, and more statewide. Grocery stores and pharmacies can continue to operate, and dining establishments can move to take-out service if they implement appropriate distancing measures.
• The governor is also prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more statewide.
• Trump told governors they are on their own and shouldn’t look to the federal government to help them get more respirators and vital equipment: “Try getting it yourselves.”
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling people not to go to the doctor if they’re sick. COVID-19 tests are only being saved for the “sickest of the sick.” Here’s what you should do if you’re showing symptoms:
If you develop a fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC says, call your doctor. Get immediate help if you have “emergency warning signs” such as trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion, or “bluish lips or face.”
• Big news from the CDC Sunday night: they recommend no mass gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Eight weeks from that recommendation is May 10.
• Blood. We fucking need it.
• How does it feel going viral, Seattle?
• Sunday, Italy’s fatality rate rose to 7.3%. Why is Italy’s rate so high? An older population, undetected cases, and cases isolated to a single region (which overwhelms the health care system).
• What’s it like delivering a baby during the coronavirus crisis? If a mother has any potential COVID-19 symptoms, her newborn baby is kept at least six feet away from her.
• STOP PANIC SHOPPING. “We’re in unprecedented times, consumers need to be patient.”
“We want the public to be assured that if they will return to their normal pace of grocery shopping that there will be an adequate supply of products for their consumption,” said Jan Gee, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association. #COVID19 #covid19wa https://t.co/3ZpXlIWRcH
— WA Emergency Management (@waEMD) March 15, 2020
• The White House will now check the temperature of anyone who comes into close contact with President Trump or other officials. On Saturday night, Trump’s doctors told the press he tested negative for coronavirus. Despite protests, Trump continues to “eagerly” shake people’s hands during public events “out of habit.”
• Seattle’s arts sector could be seeing losses of $2 to $3 million per week: “It has cut so deep so fast.”
• Governor Inslee has closed all schools statewide, both public and private, through at least April 24.
• Keep up to date with our list of events around Seattle that have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
• Tests show the coronavirus can live in the air for several hours and live on surfaces for up to three days.
• Why does soap work so well to stop COVID-19? A nanoparticle expert explains.
• How does infection happen and why is it so much worse for some people? An explainer.
• Here is an interactive map of all coronavirus cases around the world.