Inslee orders Washingtonians to stay at home to prevent COVID-19 spread

Seattle where people are asked to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet apart in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Health officials report

The governor described the decision to issue a "stay at home" order as "a very hard choice", and he certainly hasn't rushed it; Inslee's move came after governors in a number of other states-including OR and California-had already taken such steps.

Rumors of individuals or businesses needing "passes" or "licenses" to conduct essential services are not true. "That's what we're doing".

Inslee had spent the last two weeks building up to the order, by prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or more, then closing schools, then ordering restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to close.

Spokane County has 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and Spokane County Health Officer Dr.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated with more information.

"Having to go to this next step indicates that, collectively, we've not really followed through with what public health has been providing as recommendations", he adds.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and the vast majority recover.

President Donald Trump approved the mobilization of the National Guard Sunday to assist with the fight against coronavirus in Washington state, NY and California. In addition, restaurants will still be allowed to offer take-out and delivery.

However, he didn't rule out consequences for nonessential businesses, for instance, who keep operating.

The order does not apply to emergency services, manufacturing, food and agriculture, transportation, or financial services.

The definition of "essential" businesses includes a distinct West Coast flavor by including cannabis retailers, ferries and laundromats.

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He said health workers can only do their jobs effectively when they can do their jobs safely. They're people, whose lives and families have been turned upside down.

Violation of the order is a gross misdemeanor, but Inslee's chief of staff, David Postman, said the goal isn't to arrest people, and that it was more likely that law enforcement would be used to disperse groups.

For people with homes, Inslee has banned going out for purposes other than crucial activities such as grocery shopping, medical appointments and work deemed essential by the state, and banned outdoor activities other than those that can be done six feet away from others, such as walking and biking.

Inslee ended his address on a hopeful note, saying that the challenge facing the state was temporary. "We're going to educate you". Like those, Washington will be shuttering certain businesses and urging people to stay home. That provision also takes effect immediately.

A 27-year employee at the company's plant in Everett died of the disease over the weekend, according to the paper.

At least 37 deaths have been linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Life Care Center. Boeing's Renton plant was already idled as a result of the ongoing FAA grounding of the 737 Max airplane.

The Chelan County statement further says when their deputies encounter people not complying with the order they will remind them, as appropriate, of the restrictions.

"If I were to look right now at our local numbers, we are not flattening the curve", Lutz said. Andy Billig, Sen. Mark Schoesler, Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins and Rep. JT Wilcox. "We are going to do our best to work with our community, not punish the community".

"We are not going to take efforts that are going to be draconian on this, folks", Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.

Until now, state officials have largely leaned on what might be considered an honor system to uphold social distancing measures.

At a news conference Monday morning, he urged Spokane residents to heed Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-home order issued Monday night, emphasizing that this means no gatherings of any size. Washington is expected to be the 13th.

"The Spokane Police Department's primary role in supporting the governor's stay at home order is to help educate the community about how to comply".

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