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

April 8, as the events unfolded. Click here to see updates from Thursday, April 9. And 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.

In its latest effort to stem the coronavirus pandemic, Washington Seattle News state has ordered 84 million items of needed medical gear, including masks, ventilators, stethoscopes and hand sanitizer. Local public figures, including a former University of Washington basketball star, are donating to support health care workers. Small businesses hurt by the outbreak have been promised help, but so far, that rescue has been marred by a host of internal problems and a rocky roll-out.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Washington continues to grow, though at a slower rate. As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the state has confirmed 9,097 cases of COVID-19, including 421 deaths.

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 Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Tuesday can be found here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.

The following graphic includes the most recent numbers from the Press Release Distribution Service In Seattle Washington State Department of Health, released Wednesday.

Police respond to disturbance involving hundreds of inmates at Monroe Correctional Complex
State and local police brought a large disturbance at Monroe Correctional Complex under control Wednesday evening, after a couple hundred inmates concerned about the facility’s COVID-19 outbreak threatened to set fires and possibly take corrections officers hostage.

The disturbance began in the prison’s recreation yard around 6 p.m., according to a statement from the Department of Corrections (DOC). Fire extinguishers were set off in two housing units within the minimum-security unit, creating the appearance of smoke from the outside, the statement said.

The conflict unfolded on the same day inmates at the prison’s minimum-security unit were told that additional inmates had tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, DOC confirmed the first infection in the unit. Late Tuesday, the agency announced two additional inmates had tested positive. And Wednesday, the DOC acknowledged an additional three inmates had tested positive, for a total of six at the prison.

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