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5 things you need to know this Friday

State extends eviction moratorium; Eatonville school goes remote; Washington COVID-19 outlook; West Seattle Bridge repairs; Seattle Kraken training camp.

State extends eviction moratorium

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday he is extending Washington state’s eviction moratorium for one month.

The state’s moratorium was set to expire on Sept. 30. The extension will keep the moratorium in place through Oct. 31.

Inslee said extending the state’s eviction moratorium will give counties more time to distribute much-needed rental assistance to tenants. Read more

Eatonville school goes remote

Eatonville Middle School will be closed Friday and switch to remote learning starting Monday, Sept. 27, due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the school. All after-school athletics and activities have also been canceled.

The tentative date for students to return is Oct. 11, but the district will consult with the health department on reopening.

The Eatonville School District said there were "several" COVID-19 cases at the school but did not specify how many. Read more

Washington COVID-19 outlook

Washington's COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are still on the increase, and now the death rate is starting to follow, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

The dire outlook is illustrated in the state’s latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report, which is based on complete data through Sept. 8.

The report shows Washington is worse off now than it was during the surge last winter, despite widespread vaccine availability. Read more

West Seattle Bridge repairs

The Seattle Department of Transportation said steel inside concrete was stretched past its limit, causing foundational cracks in the West Seattle Bridge.

Crews have added 10 miles of steel wiring to secure the bridge and stop the cracks.

The bridge has been closed since March 2020 and is on track to reopen in mid-2022. Read more

Seattle Kraken training camp

Seattle Kraken players and fans celebrated the team's first day of training camp at the new community ice rink in Northgate.

The $80 million Kraken Community IcePlex was built, in large part, to serve as the team headquarters and training site, but also has rinks open to the public.

Team practice continues Friday before a scrimmage and exhibition game this weekend. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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