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

I am thrilled to be working at Q13 News.

Moving back to the amazing people and unrivaled beauty of the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true.

I grew up in Longview, Wash., and lived in the South Sound for several years before beginning my broadcasting career in Reno, Nev., as a photojournalist. I then moved more than 2,000 miles away to Greensboro, N.C., where my nearly 10-year long stint in the Deep South began.

After almost 7 years working as a photojournalist and reporter in Atlanta, I packed up my life and returned to my home state of Washington.

I love coffee, beer and sandwiches. I live in Seattle with my awesome dog.

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Recent Articles
  • ‘It was the sickest I have ever been:’ Kent man recovering from COVID-19

    SEATTLE – We’re beginning to hear stories of our friends and neighbors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now recovering. Ryan Hirst, 36, tells Q13 News he began experiencing serious symptoms earlier this month and is now recovering in isolation at his Kent home. He credits his faith, friends and family for tremendous support and says he is grateful to be feeling better today. Hirst has been home bound for nearly two weeks with a 7-month-old Bernedoodle, and […]

  • ‘We are in this together’: Neighbors offer gifts, masks for front line coronavirus workers

    SEATTLE – The sheer size of the coronavirus crisis can sometimes lead to feelings of hopelessness. Many sitting on the sidelines might feel like there’s nothing they can do to help, but there are some who dive in head-first, volunteering their time to say thanks to first responders. As the crisis mounts, many of our neighbors are doing whatever they can to fulfill their promise that we are in this together. Mike and Marsha Harris, owners of Snoqualmie Falls Candy […]

  • ‘Everyone’s been stepping up:’ Grocers remain open as deemed critical to health, welfare

    SEATTLE – Governor Jay Inslee’s order to stay at home doesn’t mean you cannot go out and get what you need. People are assured they can still see doctors, get prescription drugs refilled and hit the grocery store for necessities. Those working in our neighborhood supermarkets are considered part of our critical infrastructure, and are still on-the-job to keep the rest of us fed. Officials insist the food supply chain is solid, and advise the public not to hoard, rather […]

  • Olympia woman stranded overseas, trapped by coronavirus pandemic

    SEATTLE – The quickly spreading coronavirus pandemic spurred the United States State Department to warn all Americans to avoid traveling overseas. But many tourists were already offshore by that time and now some travelers find themselves trapped with no way to get home. That includes one Thurston County woman on vacation in the Philippines. “Kind of developing panic as a lot of people are feeling right now,” said Loren Locke. “I just feel like this extra panic because I worry […]

  • ‘I’m prepared mentally that I will get infected:’ Local doctor shares concern over impending coronavirus patient surge

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The coronavirus crisis means officials are treating the situation as an emergency. The number one issue for government officials is providing enough personal protective equipment for health care professionals who will need them in the coming days. “We’re doing everything we can to help the people of Washington work their way through this situation,” said Robert Ezelle, Director of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division. The emergency operations center is located in Lakewood where people from […]

  • ‘We will not let Skagit County starve:’ Food bank rethinks strategy for coronavirus future

    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. – Coronavirus is already having an impact on our most vulnerable neighbors. A North Sound food bank suddenly closed its doors this week in response to the danger the virus poses to volunteers, staff and clients, but the closure is not permanent. Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Woolley decided it had to radically rethink how it serves the public while making sure safety was a priority. “We’re all having to make changes, and I’m really sad it’s come […]

  • Advocates urge Governor to release susceptible prisoners over COVID-19 concerns

    OLYMPIA, Wash. –  Another population potentially at risk of COVID-19 are those serving time in our state’s prison system. A coalition of advocates have asked Gov. Jay Inslee to do more to make sure those people are safe, including releasing some inmates early. Already one corrections officer working at a prison facility in Monroe tested positive for the virus. The state Department of Corrections says it’s taking precautions to protect other officers and inmates who may have been in contact, […]

  • Companies announce job openings, elected leaders promise help after coronavirus impacts economy

    The coronavirus crisis hit western Washington’s economy in a big way.

  • Uber, Lyft drivers’ union asks for emergency economic relief

    SEATTLE – On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered more schools to close in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from spreading. Some companies asked their employees to work from home early-on during the outbreak, but obviously not everybody works a job where that kind of flexibility is possible. Now, rideshare drivers are sounding the alarm. So many people are working from home, Uber and Lyft drivers say they are barely making enough money to pay for lunch. “Today I made […]

  • 100,000+ public school students told to stay home as coronavirus threat spreads

    SEATTLE — The viral outbreak has forced the closures of more than half a dozen public school districts across Western Washington, including some of Puget Sound’s largest like Seattle Public Schools. Some districts say campuses will only be closed for a couple weeks, others will close for as many as six weeks. Here are the latest school closures in western Washington  Not to mention the teachers, bus drivers and staff, at least 100,000 public school students across Puget Sound are […]

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