March 1 – 7
Most of this week I was in the office, running an architecture workshop in a closed conference room. Certainly no social distancing.
There was a slow build up of coronavirus news. March 2 – 18 cases locally, March 3 – 27 people locally tested positive. Most of these were centred on a care home in Kirkland. There were a couple of school closures based on early positive tests. Kirkland and Redmond saw a cluster of first responders with symptoms after responding to the care home.
March 2 also saw the Governer of Washington, Jay Inslee, declare a state of emergency.
From the afternoon of Friday 6th the decision was made to work from home; this was initially somewhat voluntary and quickly morphed into a mandated request to work from home and distance.
Continued shortages and panic buying – with long lines reported, and bare shelves for toilet paper, hand sanitiser, bleach and the like.
A local, Issaquah, nursing home had more residents test positive during the week. This is in addition to one reported last week (March 6).
The Seattle Times made all coronavirus news free and not paywalled. This will become a useful archive and reference for the realtime local news.