MARCH 1, 2020 | SUNDAY

Information in this post is from verified sources.  Please see the bottom of this post for great organizations and agencies for ways you can protect yourself and your family, communities, businesses, etc. and resources to help you during this global event. 

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We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.



New Cases – Last 24 hours

Azerbaan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco and Qatar all report in with their first new confirmed cases.

Total Confirmed Cases

There are currently, 87,137 confirmed cases. 1,739 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Outside of China, 7,169 confirmed cases with 1,160 newly reported. 58 countries are impacted with 5 new ones reporting in. 104 deaths with 18 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.


New Increases After Steady Decline

After a drop in new cases in China, there has been a shift and now after two consecutive days, there is another increase and the WHO organization is watching and investigating what is causing the surge.


Presumptive Positives

Week of February 23, 2020, the CDC announces community to Washington, Oregon and two locations in California have occurred, with one healthcare worker with a presumptive positive.

State Level

Governor’s Office

Declares a State of Emergency.

WA Department of Health

Call Center created for Questions and Answers, report unwellness or symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

King County

North Bend 

The Fire Training Center in North Bend was removed from the Quarantine Site list as a potential site is no longer needed.  Current academy firefighters have returned to their quarters as previously occupied. – City of North Bend.


25 Kirkland Firefighters and 2 Kirkland Police Officers are placed in 14-day quarantine along with the closure of Fire Station 15, as being overly cautions.

Lake WA School District 

“In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.

LWSD has activated our Emergency Operations Center. This team of LWSD staff is actively working to coordinate information, communications, and operations to ensure that we are being intentional about how best to prepare for and respond to the needs of our students and staff. As part of this activation, we have been in contact with EvergreenHealth, emergency management departments from our three cities, and the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County to provide the most current and factual information.

We know that many of you are wondering about school closures. At this time, we are planning to open schools as usual on Monday. We will update families should this decision change based on guidance from the Department of Public Health.

Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in our schools:

  • Keep students home if they are sick. We have prepared general guidance for our families and staff on when to keep students home from school. It is available here:…/…/too-sick-for-school.
  • Students who meet these criteria while at school will be isolated and sent home.
  • Symptoms that a child is too sick for school:
  • Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
    Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
  • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge.
  • Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
  • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
  • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching.
  • Ear infection: with fever.
  • Ear infection: without fever. Student can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye.
  • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.

Wash hands frequently. Staff will work with all our students when they return to school on Monday to remind them of good hand washing procedures.
Avoid hand to face contact, avoiding eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
In addition, custodians will continue with regular cleaning with an emphasis on touchpoints at all buildings and schools.

We will continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), should a case occur in one of our schools.

Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to a teacher, counselor or school administrator. You can find additional resources for responding to stigma at:

We will provide more frequent updates to families as we have updates or additional information to share. You can find these resources on our website:…/health-servi…/coronavirus-information.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to use our Let’s Talk button on the front page of our website and select “Coronavirus” as the interest area.

We know this is an uneasy time for our communities, and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together to keep kids and adults healthy.

Sincerely | Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent – Lake Washington School District” – Lake WA SD Website and emailed to parents on 2/29/2020 around 2030 hours PST


Seattle – King County Public Health releases statement today, two more confirmed cases bringing total to six.

  • Female, 50’s, traveled to South Korea. Recovering at home. Confirmed case reported.
  • Female, 70’s resident of LifeCare in Kirkland.  At Evergreen Hospital. Case reported.
  • Female, 40’s, Lifecare Employee, hospitalized at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Case reported.
  • Male, 50’s, was hospitalized has died at Evergreen Hospital. Reported case and first death.
  • Male, 60’s hospitalized at Valley Medical Center in Renton. Has underlying health conditions, in critical but stable condition. New confirmed case reported.
  • Male, 60’s in Virginia Medical Center (hospital). Has underlying medical conditions. Is in critical condition.


  • Out of an abundance of caution, 7 of our medics have been quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Redmond Fire Dept is fully staffed & responding to calls as normal. We are monitoring the situation alongside KC Public Health.


  • Hazen High School will be closed on Monday, March 2, 2020 for cleaning after a student and a parent are experiencing flu-like symptoms and tested on Saturday for the virus. They are self-quarantined at home, while awaiting the test results.

Emergency Services

“We along with other fire agencies in King County continue to collaborate closely with Public Health, King County Emergency Medical Services and our Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking appropriate safety measures to protect our personnel while continuing to respond to medical emergencies.

Members of the public who think they may have contracted the virus and are in stable condition should consult with their primary physician via telephone, instead of calling 911 (unless symptoms are more serious).”

Read more about preparation efforts by King County fire agencies:…/ – King County (WA) Fire Chiefs

Snohomish County

Current Status

  • 1 new case as of 3/1/2020. Male student, pending results.
  • Previous case in January was a Bothell High School student. Results were negative.

Snohomish Health District

“The Snohomish Health District is aware of the preliminary findings released by the Seattle Flu Study, suggesting that coronavirus has been spreading for close to six weeks. We are still evaluating the findings with our state and local partners and coordinating on next steps.

It’s important to remember that national testing capabilities have only been available for about six weeks. Here in Washington, we’ve only had the ability to test locally for a few days. It is definitely possible that COVID-19 has been circulating, with people experiencing mild symptoms just like the flu.”


Current Status

  • 1 new confirmed case on March 1, 2020
  • 3 tested negative for the virus
  • Total tested 4, 7 are pending results
  • 88 are currently being monitored as of 2/28/2020
  • 229 have completed monitoring without symptoms
  • 8 are under investigation with 2 have been completed w/o symptoms. Total 10 have been investigated.


Fairview Development Center

“Today, the federal government informed the state that it has determined it does not need to use the Fairview Development Center site for the isolation of passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship given the imminent end of the isolation for those passengers and the small number of persons who ended up testing positive for COVID-19.”

Tulare County, California

No Confirmed Cases

“There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tulare County at this time, and immediate health risk to Tulare County residents is low,” states Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. “COVID-19 is considered an emerging disease, and there is more to learn about it; however, like influenza, it is a respiratory disease, and there are measures community members can all take to prevent illness.” – Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency

Santa Clara County

Current Status

  • Total 7 confirmed cases including 3 new reported today alone.  One is an adult female with an unknown age and the last two are a couple who traveled to Egypt, Patients #5 and #6 had underlying medical conditions.

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Test Kits


Current Status

  • 1 confirmed case as of 3/1/2020. Female patient contracted virus when visited Iran. Has respiratory issues but not in serious condition. Has been in a controlled situation since arriving to the State. In her late 30’s.

Emergency Legislature

“Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation — I look forward to its swift passage.

“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.” – NY Governor Cuomo



For Doctors



Continues to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, WHO and OSHA.   See updates on their website:


Stopping the Spread

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the Public Health Department reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Don’t go to the ER unless life-threatening.



Some on Social Media including a few unnamed U.S. governmental officials are calling this deadly virus a hoax and that it is just going to go away.

Unfortunately, here area the hardest hit Countries reporting into the CDC the numbers of confirmed and new cases; total number of and new deaths in the last 24 hours and can rest assure this is not a joke by a longshot.

We are reporting data of 25 or more confirmed cases due to the high volume of data being recorded.  You will find the number from the highest to the lowest to get the reality of the spread, the impacts and the deaths recorded.


142,823 confirmed cases.

Republic of Korea

3,736 total confirmed cases. 586 new in the last 24 hours. 18 total deaths. 1 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.


1,128 total confirmed cases. 240 new cases in the last 24 hours. 29 deaths. 8 in the last 24 hours. Local transmissions.

Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

705 total confirmed cases. 0 new cases in the last 4 days. 6 total deaths. 0 in the last 24 hours.


593 total confirmed cases. 205 new in the last 24 hours. 43 total deaths. 9 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.


239 total confirmed cases. 9 new ones in the last 24 hours. 5 total deaths, 0 in the last 24 hours.


102 total confirmed cases. 4 new in the last 24 hours. 0 deaths. Local transmission.


100 total confirmed cases. 43 new in the last 24 hours. 29 total deaths. 8 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.


57 total confirmed cases. 0 new in last 24 hours. 0 deaths.


45 total confirmed cases. 13 New in last 24 hours.  0 deaths. Local transmissions.


45 total confirmed cases. 0 deaths. Imported cases only.


42 total confirmed cases. 0 new cases. 0 deaths. Local transmission.


40 total confirmed cases. 2 new cases. 0 deaths reported. Imported cases.


25 total confirmed cases.  1 in the last 24 hours. No deaths.

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While we try to research each source, resource and its information, it may change from each update as this is a rapidly evolving topic and updates are released from many locations. – Ed.

Sources |  CDC, Seattle – King County Public Health, WA State Department of Health, Governor Jay Inslee, WA Emergency Management,  Oregon Health Authority, California Department of Public Health, OSHA, IAFF, City of Kirkland, City of North Bend, State of California and State of New York.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/20/2020 – 1915 hours PST