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What you need to know about coronavirus Monday, Sept. 14

Find developments on the coronavirus pandemic and the plan for recovery in the U.S. and Washington state.

Where cases stand in Washington

  • 15 news deaths and 312 new coronavirus cases reported Monday by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). 
  • Total: 2,006 deaths among 80,138 overall cases in Washington state. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, the DOH reports that 7,098 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Washington state.
  • The state reports of the total confirmed cases in the state, Washington's coronavirus death rate is 2.5%.



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UW announces testing program for students and staff

The University of Washington announced a comprehensive COVID-19 fall quarter testing program in advance of some students, faculty and staff returning to the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses later this month.

The Husky Coronavirus Testing program is powered by the Seattle Flu Study – the group that was the first to report community spread of COVID-19 in the United States. 

Enrollment in the voluntary testing program begins Sept. 24 and is encouraged for all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus regularly or living in group housing in nearby neighborhoods during the fall quarter.

Testing will be provided at no cost at designated testing sites on the Seattle campus, and with self-administered tests provided at the Bothell and Tacoma campuses. 

Testing for students in fraternities and sororities began Sept. 8 through the affiliated SCAN program. Students in Seattle on-campus housing will be offered testing throughout their move-in period Sept. 22-25.

All students are encouraged to enroll in the Husky Coronavirus Testing program when it begins Sept. 24, regardless of whether they have had a previous test. This will help the University provide proper support and self-isolation options before the quarter begins.

COVID-19 testing sites closed Monday 

The COVID-19 testing sites run by the City of Seattle will be closed on Monday due to poor air quality.

The Seattle Fire Department said anyone who had an appointment scheduled for Monday will receive a notification.   

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be live for 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday morning that the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will look very different for 2020. 

"It will not be the same parade we're used to," de Blasio said. "They're reinventing the event for this moment in history. And you will be able to feel the spirit and the joy of that day."

The mayor said that the parade will not be "live" this year, its "reimagined" format will still be shown online and on TV for Thanksgiving. He said Macy's would be releasing additional details about its plans later on Monday.

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UK tests if COVID-19 vaccines might work better inhaled

British scientists are beginning a small study comparing how two experimental coronavirus vaccines might work when they are inhaled by people instead of being injected.

In a statement on Monday, researchers at Imperial College London and Oxford University said a trial involving 30 people would test vaccines developed by both institutions when participants inhale the droplets in their mouths, which would directly target their respiratory systems.

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Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new countrywide lockdown will be imposed amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to shut down in a bid to bring down infection rates.

Beginning Friday, the start of the Jewish High Holiday season, schools, restaurants, malls and hotels will shut down, among other businesses, and Israelis will face restrictions on movement and on gatherings.

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