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  • caption: Customers gather outside of the Tippe and Drague Alehouse on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, on Beacon Avenue South in Seattle.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state (August 27-September 4)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, August 28, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,905 Covid-19 related deaths; 73,301 confirmed cases (2.6% 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 three times higher for Black people, five times higher for Latinx people, and six 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.

  • caption: A student at the Denise Louie Education Center swings on a swing set after collecting flowers on a walk with teacher Margarita Arias on Thursday, July 16, 2020, on the playground along Beacon Avenue South in Seattle.

    Blog: Ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state (August 24-28)

    As of Sunday, August 23, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,857 Covid-19 related deaths; 70,595 confirmed cases (2.6% 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 three times higher for Black people, five times higher for Latinx people, and six 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.

  • caption: From left, friends Nile, Julia, Ben and Catherine play UNO while waiting for Men In Black to begin on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at the drive-in theater at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state (August 16-23)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, August 16, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,766 Covid-19 related deaths; 66,885 confirmed cases (2.6% 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 three times higher for Black people, five times higher for Latinx people, and six 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. Versión en español aquí / Read KUOW's coronavirus coverage in Spanish

  • caption: Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Seattle City Hall.

    Seattle reacts to Chief Carmen Best's exit from the police department

    Chief Carmen Best will leave the Seattle Police Department on September 2, after nearly 30 years of service in the city. She is the city's first Black female police chief. Her decision to leave comes as a shock, both to some of her longtime supporters and sharpest critics. It also comes amid tensions between the City Council, city leaders, and ongoing protests for racial justice.

  • caption: The 2020 August primary ballot.
    Elections

    Election results: August 4, 2020 primary

    Here are the top vote-getters in Washington state's 2020 primary election, as of 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, likely to proceed to the November general election. These are preliminary results, as ballots will come in by mail for several more days.