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What you need to know about coronavirus Monday, Aug. 3

Find developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and the plan for recovery in the U.S. and Washington state.

Where cases stand in Washington

  • 4 new deaths among 542 new cases of coronavirus reported Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Health
  • Total: 1,600 deaths among 58,715 overall cases in Washington state.
  • 1,008,822 people in Washington have taken a coronavirus test, and 5.8% of those tests were positive.

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Washington gyms told to triple distance for exercising indoors

Washington gyms and fitness facilities will need to nearly triple the minimum distance required for patrons exercising indoors, except for those practicing certain team sports. 

New COVID-19 guidance issued by Gov. Jay Inslee increases the requirement of six feet of distance between patrons to 300 square-feet, which is just over 17 feet of space. Gyms larger than 12,000 square feet will be capped at 25 percent. 

In addition, showers, hot tubs, saunas, and tanning beds at multi-use facilities will be closed, as will steam rooms, squash courts, and racquetball courts.

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Washington deaths total 1,600 on Monday 

  • 4 new deaths among 542 new cases of coronavirus reported Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Health
  • Total: 1,600 deaths among 58,715 overall cases in Washington state.
  • 1,008,822 people in Washington have taken a coronavirus test, and 5.8% of those tests were positive.

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Negotiators of another coronavirus relief bill met Monday in the Capitol as issues like food for the poor and aid to schools moved to the forefront. The White House is seeking opportunities to boost President Donald Trump, like more $1,200 stimulus payments. 

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants big money for state and local governments. All sides predict a long slog ahead despite the lapse of a $600-per-week expanded unemployment benefit at the end of July. Several more days of talks are expected. 

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Outbreak hits Norway cruise ship

A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after a coronavirus outbreak on one ship infected at least 5 passengers and 36 crew members. Health authorities fear the ship also could have spread the virus to dozens of towns and villages along Norway's western coast. 

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Seattle's Argosy Cruises closing for 2020 season

Seattle’s Argosy Cruises announced it will close its public tours and private charters for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The company said the seasonal closure is due to the "evolving uncertainty around COVID-19 and its unprecedented impacts on the tourism industry."

The Harbor Cruise and Evergreen Excursion will conclude service on Sunday, August 2, the company said.

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COVID-19 patient didn't recognize her body after double-lung transplant

A Chicago woman who last month became the nation's first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant said Thursday that she woke up days later, unaware about the surgery and unable to "recognize my body.”

Mayra Ramirez said that before she fell ill she was an independent, active person who moved from North Carolina to Chicago in 2014 to work as a paralegal. She said she had an autoimmune condition, but was otherwise healthy. She had gone on a three-mile run shortly before becoming ill and heading for the hospital.

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Pac-12 athletes threaten to opt out if demands on injustice and safety aren't met

Pac-12 athletes from several schools threatened not to play if their demands on racial injustice and coronavirus safety measures aren't met.

A group of Pac-12 football players on Sunday threatened to opt out of the coming season unless its concerns about competing during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed.

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