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What you need to know about coronavirus Thursday, Sept. 17

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

Where cases stand in Washington

  • 11 new deaths and 386 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). 
  • Total: 2,031 deaths among 81,198 overall cases in Washington state. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, the DOH reports that 7,196 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%.

What are the different types of coronavirus tests?

What are the different types of coronavirus tests?

There are three broad categories of coronavirus tests in the U.S. Two diagnose whether you have an active infection, and a third indicates if you previously had the virus.

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VERIFY: Why 'herd immunity' to beat COVID-19 isn't recommended

As the coronavirus rages on in the United States and around the world, the topic of herd immunity has been brought up by some of President Donald Trump's top medical advisers. 

Herd immunity is when so many people get a disease it simply can't spread quickly anymore.

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