This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Submitting this form will send a password reset email to the email associated with this account. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. If a Threat Level Red is announced DURING school hours, school buildings will be secured and remain open until regular dismissal unless otherwise directed by the Regional Terrorism Task Force. What part of the page would you like to print? Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report. AP writer Lisa Baumann contributed from Seattle. In May 2020, OSPI convened a workgroup to inform recommendations and guidance for school districts as they plan for the reopening of Washington's schools in fall 2020 after school was closed from providing in-person instruction from March–June 2020 due to COVID-19. Best States is an interactive platform developed by U.S. News for ranking the 50 U.S. states, alongside news analysis and daily reporting. The order does not include schools or workplaces. Jay Inslee talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. At least 10 long-term care facilities in the Seattle area have reported positive cases. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. Oregon banned gatherings of more than 250 people statewide. The platform is designed to engage citizens and government leaders in a discussion about what needs improvement across the country. The Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison have been placed under a 24-hour lockdown after authorities believe the general inmate populations were exposed to COVID-19. Those who have been in close contact with the student are self-isolating, officials said. Lake Washington School District, which includes Kirkland, the epicenter of the outbreak in Washington state, announced Wednesday that schools will close beginning Thursday. The University of Washington also confirmed Thursday that a student who lives in a dorm tested positive and is recovering at home out of state, The Seattle Times reported. Closing schools will slow the transmission of this virus.”. For technical questions and comments regarding this website, including accessibility concerns, please contact the Webmaster. The schools must close by March 17 and remain shuttered through April 24. A man charged with wounding his boss and another employee in a shooting at a Connecticut trucking company told police that his handgun fired by accident and he only intended to scare his manager during an argument. The school district contacted the Washington State Department of Health, which said the test results could take up to seven days. Several school districts in the Seattle already announced they will close due to the outbreak. VANCOVUER, Wash. – Students in Washington will not return to their classrooms for the rest of the school year, and will instead learn from home with tablets or … Safety and facilities maintenance staff will deep-clean all schools before the return of students, community and staff members, The Daily News in Longview reported.