Washington governor issues 2-week ‘stay-at-home’ order amid coronavirus outbreak

Washington governor issues 2-week ‘stay-at-home’ order amid coronavirus outbreak

Washington governor issues 2-week ‘stay-at-home’ order amid coronavirus outbreak

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. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

"We have clear directives from the public health officer that there are those businesses and operations within the economy that we need to keep going", Horgan said on Monday.

Inslee's directive expands previous actions he took last week that ordered the statewide closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities, and banned large gatherings.

Recent data from the Washington state Department of Health indicates 2,221 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state with 110 deaths attributable to the virus. The governor's decision to restrict individual activity followed a sunny, early spring weekend during which images were widely shared on social media of crowds of people recreating outdoors and not practicing social-distancing.

"We want to get back to normal as soon as possible", Inslee said. He also ordered gatherings to be limited to no more than 50 people. "That is what we're doing".

"This is temporary", the Democrat governor said.

Even earlier in the month, Inslee ordered that all public and private K-12 schools be closed until at least April 24. State and local leaders have continued to urge people to stay at home and practice social distancing, but not everyone is following the advice. Inslee said he expects voluntary participation but stressed that the ordinance, "is enforceable by law". "Schools will reopen; weddings will happen; factories will start again; and you can toast the end of this at your favorite hangout".

"We signed what we had to sign and it's been activated", Trump said in a briefing Sunday.

It will stay in place for two weeks.

"I applaud Boeing's decision to implement an orderly shutdown and continue to pay its workers during this hard time", Inslee wrote.

Governor Inslee has high hopes that the virus will be defeated, and he reminds Washingtonians to stay home and refrain from panic-buying.

Some two dozen residents and six staff members have tested positive for novel coronavirus at a nursing home north of Seattle, according to local reports.

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.

The Whatcom County Health Department said it also recently learned that the second COVID-19-related death in Whatcom County, announced Saturday, was associated with the Shuksan outbreak.

"Specifically, the facility failed to identify and manage sick residents, failed to notify the state health department and the state about sickness among residents, and failed to have a backup plan for when their staff doctor became sick", said Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator.

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