SEATTLE — First responders and different important staff lined up on the Tacoma Dome for drive-thru COVID-19 testing, the Division of Corrections mentioned inmates will begin making hospital robes, and King County introduced that it’s changing one other facility into a middle for weak sufferers Saturday as Washington continued its struggle towards the coronavirus.
The state reported a further 11 deaths Saturday, bringing its complete to no less than 94, essentially the most in the US. Washington now has near 1,800 confirmed instances. These numbers are anticipated to proceed to rise.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee warned Friday that whereas he has not but enacted extra stringent social distancing necessities to struggle the unfold of coronavirus like these imposed by California, New York and different states, if folks proceed to disregard present necessities he “will go farther to guard 7 million Washingtonians.”
He reiterated that message Saturday throughout a phone city corridor with some 14,000 seniors from across the state, urging them to make use of the facility of peer strain to get folks to remain house.
“We are able to affect our neighbors, we are able to affect our grandkids,” he instructed them. “We’re all leaders right here.”
Appointments stuffed up rapidly for drive-through testing slots on the Tacoma Dome, the place well being officers mentioned they might administer 240 assessments per day from Saturday by means of Wednesday to weak folks, well being care professionals, first responders and different important staff, together with grocery retailer staff.
The Division of Corrections introduced Saturday that throughout the subsequent few days, inmates in its Corrections Industries program at Coyote Ridge Corrections Middle in Connell will start making protecting robes in response to a nationwide scarcity. Manufacturing will then broaden to textiles outlets at Airway Heights Corrections Middle, Clallam Bay Corrections Middle and Washington Corrections Middle. Ultimately 12 Corrections workers and 160 incarcerated staff are anticipated to make as much as 6,000 robes per day, the division mentioned.
Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin issued a stay-home directive to town’s 110,000 residents Friday — believed to be the primary such order issued within the state. Franklin mentioned residents ought to solely depart their homes for errands to take care of well being and security, resembling selecting up drugs, seeing a health care provider or acquiring provides, or for important authorities or enterprise features. Individuals who should depart their houses, or who accomplish that for out of doors train, are requested to maintain 6 ft away from others, she mentioned.
King County, which has already arrange a number of websites to deal with sufferers unable to quarantine at house, mentioned Saturday it was working with Harborview Medical Middle to arrange one other such facility for weak sufferers at a county-owned constructing throughout the road from the hospital. The constructing, Harborview Corridor, at present homes an enhanced homeless shelter, however the Salvation Military has agreed to maneuver the shelter for now to a close-by warehouse.
That may permit the county to open a 45-bed COVID-19 restoration heart for weak sufferers, releasing up more room throughout the hospital for individuals who want acute care, officers mentioned in a information launch.
For most individuals, the coronavirus causes solely gentle or average signs, resembling fever and cough. For some, particularly older adults and folks with current well being issues, it may possibly trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, or dying. The overwhelming majority of individuals recuperate.