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Coronavirus daily news updates, March 27: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the nation

This was a live account of updates from Friday, March 27, as events unfolded. Click here to find the latest extended coverage of the outbreak of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2; the illness it causes, COVID-19; and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Washingtonians’ efforts to practice social distancing, sanitize frequently Seattle Daily News and fortify our health care facilities seem to be making a difference in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus here, researchers say — but the state’s two-week stay-at-home order still might need to be extended. While we’ve seen “modest improvement,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a Thursday news conference, we can’t ease up yet.

More COVID-19 diagnoses are made in Washington state every day, an indication both of the virus’ spread and of expanded testing capacity. The state Department of Health announced 516 newly confirmed cases Friday, bringing the state total to 3,723 cases, including 175 deaths. The bulk of Washington’s cases remain in King County, which has seen 1,828 people fall ill and 125 dies.

Throughout today, on this page, we’ll be posting Press Release Distribution Services In Seattle Daily updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Thursday can be found here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.

The following graphic includes the most recent numbers from the Washington State Department of Health, released Friday afternoon.

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