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

 This is a live account of updates from Thursday, March 19, as the events unfolded. Click here to see updates from Friday, March 20. 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.

Life is different in the Puget Sound region as most people — by choice or by order — practice “social distancing” to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the Seattle Daily News new type of coronavirus that causes a disease called COVID-19. Public gatherings are restricted, and places of entertainment and recreation are closed statewide.

As Washington gains the capacity to test more people for the virus, more COVID-19 diagnoses are made each day. The state Department of Health announced 189 new cases Thursday, bringing the state total to 1,376 cases, including 74 deaths. The bulk of cases Press Release Distribution Services In Seattle Daily remain in King County, which has seen 693 people fall ill and 60 of them die, according to the county’s public health department.

Throughout today, on this page, we’ll be posting Seattle Times journalists’ updates on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Wednesday 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 Thursday afternoon.

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