COVID-19 in Washington: Links and resources to help you during coronavirus pandemic

Simone Del Rosario is an award-winning journalist who has traveled the world covering breaking news and uncovering untold stories. From the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels to reporting inside the cells of Guantanamo Bay’s detention facilities, she understands the responsibility that comes with being entrusted with other people’s stories.

Simone comes to Seattle from Washington, D.C., where she was a national and international correspondent. She brings her worldly views to Q13 News, tackling tough issues around the Northwest as a correspondent.

Simone received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago, studying broadcast and business reporting. She has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from New Mexico State University, where she was an athlete on the nationally-ranked rodeo team. During college, Simone also studied abroad in Costa Rica and Barcelona, Spain.

Recent Articles
  • State issues new guidance for reporting ‘stay-at-home’ violations

    If you know of people or businesses who are violating the state's stay-at-home order, DO NOT call 911. Call the non-emergency line for your local police or sheriff's office.

  • Boeing employees worried at work as coronavirus infections increase

    SEATTLE — Boeing employees in the region say they are increasingly worried about the spread of COVID-19 as more coworkers test positive for the virus. Now hundreds are calling on the company to close down its plants like other large companies have done. Boeing said 18 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Puget Sound region and about 1,000 more are under company or public health directed quarantine. Boeing has around 70,000 employees in the region. Many Boeing employees […]

  • Boeing could be hurting long after airlines recover from coronavirus outbreak

    SEATTLE — The largest private employer in Washington state could get hit the hardest over the coronavirus outbreak. Boeing was already struggling before the outbreak reached the United States and now it could be one of the last to recover when it’s all over. The aviation industry as a whole has plunged as the virus spreads, so much that the Trump administration is considering a $60 billion bailout request from Boeing and the airline industry. “We have to help Boeing,” […]

  • 2020 census faces coronavirus complications, suspensions

    SEATTLE — It happens every decade but it’s never happened in the middle of a pandemic. The U.S. Census Bureau sent out 2020 census mailers this past week but in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the bureau announced Wednesday it is suspending field operations for the next two weeks. “We don’t have the experience with a national pandemic, we’ve got plans, but we don’t have experience with that,” said Tim Olson, associate director of U.S. Census Bureau’s Field Operations. […]

  • Blood donation shortage reported during coronavirus outbreak

    SEATTLE — The COVID-19 outbreak is starting to impact blood donations around the Northwest. Bloodworks Northwest reports that they’ve suffered more than 100 canceled blood drives so far in March, which has made them more than 3,000 donors short so far. Bloodworks Northwest is asking everyone who can donate to do so. Doctors aren’t using blood transfusions to treat coronavirus, but with so many people working from home and organizations canceling planned blood drives, the supply is in jeopardy. School […]

  • House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus emergency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation to provide direct relief to Americans suffering physically, financially and emotionally from the coronavirus pandemic. The action comes after President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight it, then threw his support behind the congressional package. Still, he has denied any responsibility for delays in making testing available for the new virus, whose spread has roiled markets and disrupted the lives of everyday Americans. […]

  • Community pulls together for struggling restaurant amid coronavirus outbreak

    SEATTLE — The restaurant industry is in something of a free fall in the Seattle area with people avoiding public places in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some longtime establishments and big names have closed its doors for good and employees are getting laid off. But some community members are pulling together to give their favorite restaurants business during this difficult time, including West Seattle’s Peel And Press. “It’s a panic in the restaurant industry and retail industry right now,” owner […]

  • Social distancing saves lives, here’s the science behind it

    SEATTLE — Political and business leaders have made painful and costly decisions this week to try to contain the spread of the new coronavirus known as COVID-19. Washington state and others have banned crowds of 250 people or more, closed schools and canceled sporting events. The NCAA canceled its basketball tournament and all other winter and spring championships. Professional leagues have suspended play and Hollywood is suspending production on television and film projects. On a smaller scale, restaurants are struggling […]

  • Feds reject breaching of 4 Snake River dams in key report

    A long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to save threatened and endangered salmon, saying such a dramatic approach would destabilize the power grid, increase overall greenhouse emissions and more than double the risk of regional power outages.

  • Energy companies call for Columbia, Snake River solution to saving salmon

    SEATTLE — A group of energy companies — including Seattle City Light and Tacoma Power — is calling on Northwest governors to come up with a long-term solution to the Columbia and Snake rivers, where hydropower dams are the focal point in a fight for salmon and orca survival. You can read the letter and see the signatories here.  

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