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Muckleshoot Casino playing 250-person limit

Gaming tribes in Washington take steps to protect tribal and non-tribal communities from the impact of COVID-19

  • Mar 15, 2020

Patient flees Kent quarantine facility, hops northbound bus

Man tests negative for virus; city officials upset about county’s security measures at motel-turned-quarantine center | VIDEOS

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph addresses the media.

Patient flees Kent quarantine facility, hops northbound bus

Man tests negative for virus; city officials upset about county’s security measures at motel-turned-quarantine center | VIDEOS

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph addresses the media.

COVID-19 — What you need to know today

Coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide. How is it impacting King County today?

  • Mar 13, 2020

KCLS closes libraries to prevent COVID-19 spread

Libraries will close tonight, March 13, at 6 p.m., and are planned to reopen April 13.

Photo by Haley Ausbun. The Renton Community Center, located at 1715 Maple Valley Highway, was closed until March 31 after the family of a preschooler in a program there told the city they had been exposed to a case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Pictured: signage about the closure on the door of the center.

Live COVID-19 Coverage: March 12

March 12, 2020 5:20 p.m. The University of Washington has reported two coronavirus cases in its psychiatric ward. Following the positive tests, all 22 patients… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020
Photo by Haley Ausbun. The Renton Community Center, located at 1715 Maple Valley Highway, was closed until March 31 after the family of a preschooler in a program there told the city they had been exposed to a case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Pictured: signage about the closure on the door of the center.

Police asking for public’s help to find missing Kent girl

Kent Police are conducting a missing person investigation involving a 16-year-old girl, and is asking the public for their help in locating her. Asia Wilbon… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020

Kent schools to close March 16 to April 24, per governor’s 3-county order

Superintendent Watts: ‘The actions we are being asked to take by our governer as individuals and as school leaders are for the purpose of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community and to save lives

Protesters hold signs advocating for a veto on Senate Bill 5395. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service

Protesters blast Legislature’s sex education directive

Republican lawmakers attempt to make the bill a ballot issue for November elections.

  • Mar 12, 2020
Protesters hold signs advocating for a veto on Senate Bill 5395. Photo by Cameron Sheppard, WNPA News Service
Darwin Gomez performs on his baritone saxophone with the Meeker Middle School Jazz Band during Kent Kids’ Arts Day last year. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Kent Kids’ Arts Day at the Commons is cancelled

In keeping with guidelines established by the governor and the county’s local health officer, this year’s Kent Kids’ Arts Day is cancelled. The 33rd annual… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2020
Darwin Gomez performs on his baritone saxophone with the Meeker Middle School Jazz Band during Kent Kids’ Arts Day last year. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

4 King County paramedics quarantined after COVID-19 exposure

Two paramedic interns, two South King County primary response employees are asymptomatic, according to union executives.

South Sound Charity Run in Kent to benefit Moreno scholarship fund draws a field of nearly 200

The first South Sound Charity 5K Run and Youth Dash on March 7 attracted nearly 200 runners. Proceeds from the run benefited the Officer Diego… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2020
U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Rep. Schrier introduces bill requiring all insurance plans to cover full cost of COVID-19 testing

Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-Wash., Eighth District, has introduced legislation requiring all health insurance plans to cover the full cost of COVID-19 testing for U.S. consumers.… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2020
U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

COVID-19 — What you need to know today

More cases and deaths were reported in King County as the governor works to shut down large events

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Public events in King County to be cancelled or restricted due to outbreak

It applies to everything from faith events to sporting events and concerts.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Entenman bill to alleviate family poverty on its way to governor’s desk

The Washington Legislature passed legislation to aid low-income families Wednesday. House Bill 2441, sponsored by Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, eases restrictions on access to the… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2020

Millions of county dollars to help transform Kent motel into an isolation, quarantine facility

Council approves expansive package, including $28.2 million in funding for COVID-19 response

  • Mar 11, 2020

Man convicted of murdering Kent woman during burglary

A man has been convicted of killing a 64-year-old Kent woman while burglarizing her East Hill home in 2017. Jurors found Lance Gene Francoise Rougeau… Continue reading

A security guard positions cones as he stands watch in front of the Econo Lodge-turned-coronavirus-quarantine site on Central Avenue North on Tuesday. King County personnel were on site preparing the motel’s transformation into an isolation/quarantine center. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Petition calls for King County to stop quarantine site

Citizens, councilmembers question process for choosing locations.

A security guard positions cones as he stands watch in front of the Econo Lodge-turned-coronavirus-quarantine site on Central Avenue North on Tuesday. King County personnel were on site preparing the motel’s transformation into an isolation/quarantine center. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

CHI opens 11 COVID-19 screening centers around Washington

Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Enumclaw are some of the places people can go to get tested.