In this Saturday, May 16, 2020, file photo, Glen Buhlmann, lower left, fills out a job application during a walk- and drive-up job fair in Seattle for clothing maker Outdoor Research’s new line of face masks and other personal protection equipment the company has started manufacturing due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
The state Department of Health reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in Monday’s update, the first time that threshold has been reached since the pandemic began. There are now 36,985 total COVID-19 cases statewide, with 1,370 deaths.
Beginning Tuesday, businesses are not allowed to serve customers who are not wearing a mask.
Follow live updates today below.
Tuesday, July 7:
1:05pm – A rise in COVID-19 cases across Washington state continues to alarm local health officials, including Seattle-King County Public Health’s Dr. Jeff Duchin. Read more.
10:23am – Paid street parking will return to Seattle starting Monday, July 13. For at least one month, it will be set at the minimum rate of 50 cents per hour. Parking services were suspended in early April in response to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
9:18am – Two restaurants owned by local restaurateur and chef Tom Douglas join the growing list of permanently closed spots as the pandemic continues. Douglas announced the closure of Bravehorse Tavern and Trattoria Cuoco, both located in South Lake Union.
Douglas told The Seattle Times that both restaurants had reached the end of their 10-year lease, and renewing in these uncertain times just was not in the cards. Bravehorse and Cuoco have been closed since March.
7:45am – Starting the week of July 13, 2020, Costco will be cutting back on its senior hours. Special operating hours had been held Monday through Friday, but will be reduced to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. local time.
6:02am – Gov. Inslee’s new mask mandate took effect overnight, which prohibits businesses statewide from serving customers without masks. The governor said the new mandate is a result of increasing cases of COVID-19 across Washington state.
“This is not an optional plan for businesses,” the governor said about the new mandate. “This is a legal requirement. This is not merely a suggestion. If you go to a business and you’re not complying with this, the business cannot legally serve you.” Read more.
Additionally, masks and face coverings remain mandatory for Washingtonians in all public, indoor spaces, and outdoors where it is difficult to maintain six feet of distance from others.
Monday, July 6:
5:24pm – Washington saw an increase of over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases between Sunday and Monday, the first time that threshold has been reached since the pandemic began. There are now 36,985 total COVID-19 cases statewide, as well as 1,370 deaths. Out of 629,256 tests run, 5.9% have been positive.
5:19pm – Seattle’s COVID-19 relief got a boost Monday, after the passage of a big business tax which will provide funding for rental and business assistance, food security, and more. Read more.
3:00pm – There are a substantial number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 pretty well, but more and more we’re hearing about complications that can happen after you recover from the virus. Mercer Island MD Dr. Gordon Cohen joined Seattle’s Morning News to discuss. Read more.
1:03pm – The Washington Department of Health now has an FAQ on face coverings, detailing the research supporting their use, exemptions for the state mandate, and more. Read more.
9:54am – Benton, Yakima, and Franklin counties have moved to a modified Phase 1 of Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan, which allows for retail and dining to reopen with limited capacity.
State Secretary of Health John Wiesman said this is part of a “containment strategy” since residents in these counties have been leaving the area to visit restaurants, salons, and other businesses that are open in neighboring counties. Read more.
7:21am – As of Sunday, July 5, at least 121 University of Washington students have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection to an outbreak on Greek Row near the Seattle campus. All residents are being asked to quarantine or self-isolate.
6:02am – The TSA confirmed two more officers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Sea-Tac International Airport. One officer last worked on July 1 at Checkpoint 2, and the other on June 30 at Checkpoint 2.
There have been some adjustments made at security checkpoints to further protect employees and passengers, including reducing physical contact, and adding social distancing measures, wearing personal protective equipment, and cleaning more frequently. Read more.