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April 19: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the nation

 This is a live account of updates from Sunday, April 19, as the 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.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the United States Seattle Daily News and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days, and he said it undoubtedly will be longer before the restriction is removed.

President Donald Trump, in a roller-coaster week of reversals and contradictions, told governors to “call your own shots” on lifting stay-at-home orders once the coronavirus threat subsides. But then he took to Twitter to push some to reopen their economies quickly and tell them it was their job to ramp up testing.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee fired back, taking to national television to say Trump was encouraging people “to violate the law” and risk spreading coronavirus. A few hours later, more than 2,000 demonstrators assembled at the Capitol in Olympia, toting American flags as they urged Inslee to lift the stay-at-home order. They brought children and firearms, and few practiced social distancing — in violation of Inslee’s order.

Six weeks after long-term care facilities first emerged as a deadly front of the coronavirus pandemic, Washington state says it’s now aiming for widespread testing in Press Release Distribution Service Seattle Daily those facilities. The state’s goal is to get enough supplies to allow for universal masking of staff and to test all residents and employees in facilities with COVID-19 cases.

The most recent count of COVID-19 cases in Washington totals 11,790 infections and 634 deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

Throughout Sunday, on this page, we’ll be posting updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Saturday 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 Sunday evening.

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