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March 28: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the nation

This was a live account of updates from Saturday, March 28, 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.

President Donald Trump signed into law a Seattle Daily News unprecedented $2.2 trillion aid package Friday, which will speed up government payments to Americans, support struggling business and rush resources to overworked health care workers amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. But while state and local leaders confirmed federal support — including a new field hospital in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center — is on its way, health science experts continue to raise questions about how the virus first began spreading in Washington.

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 587 newly confirmed cases Saturday, bringing the state total to 4,310 cases, including 189 deaths. The bulk of Washington’s cases remain in King County, which has seen 2,077 people fall ill and 136 dies.

Throughout today, on this page, we’ll be posting updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Press Release Distribution Services In Seattle Daily Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Friday 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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