Coronavirus daily news updates, August 27: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world – Seattle Times

27August 2020

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines this week to exclude people without symptoms — even if they’ve had close contact with someone with the virus — Washington health officials said Wednesday the state will not be following the recommendations.

Meanwhile, a rural Oregon clinic recently joined the worldwide race to develop a new coronavirus vaccine. Earlier this month, Russia approved the world’s first coronavirus vaccine to receive a government go-ahead, though it caused unease among international medical experts.

Throughout Thursday, on this page, we’ll be posting Seattle Times’ 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.

(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)

(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)

12:57 pm

Photos from Thursday, August 27, as world masks up

Photos from around the world as the world masks up and carries on. It’s been 169 days since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11.

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a boy stands near a coronavirus-themed mural as a motorist rides past on Thursday. (Tatan Syuflana / The Associated Press)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a boy stands near a coronavirus-themed mural as a motorist rides past on Thursday. (Tatan Syuflana / The Associated Press)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, a boy stands near a coronavirus-themed mural as a motorist rides past on Thursday. (Tatan Syuflana / The Associated Press)
In Duesseldorf, Germany, at a demonstration in front of the state parliament, a prostitute carries a sign saying “The Dominas finally want to work” on Thursday. The Federal Association of Sexual Services is demonstrating for the reopening of brothels. (Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa via The Associated Press)

In Duesseldorf, Germany, at a demonstration in front of the state parliament, a prostitute carries a sign saying “The Dominas finally want to work” on Thursday. The Federal Association of Sexual Services is demonstrating for the reopening of brothels. (Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa via The Associated Press)

In Duesseldorf, Germany, at a demonstration in front of the state parliament, a prostitute carries a sign saying “The Dominas finally want to work” on Thursday. The Federal Association of Sexual Services is demonstrating for the reopening of brothels. (Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa via The Associated Press)
In Raleigh, N.C., students and parents begin to move students’ belongings out of Bragaw Hall at North Carolina State University on Thursday. The students are moving out of campus housing due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 clusters around campus. (Gerry Broome / The Associated Press)

In Raleigh, N.C., students and parents begin to move students’ belongings out of Bragaw Hall at North Carolina State University on Thursday. The students are moving out of campus housing due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 clusters around campus. (Gerry Broome / The Associated Press)

In Raleigh, N.C., students and parents begin to move students’ belongings out of Bragaw Hall at North Carolina State University on Thursday. The students are moving out of campus housing due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 clusters around campus. (Gerry Broome / The Associated Press)
In Bnei Brak, Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jewish students study religious texts on Thursday in a yeshiva, or seminary. Their protective plastic shields allow the customary practice of learning together with a partner. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has been especially hard hit by the country’s coronavirus outbreak. (Oded Balilty / The Associated Press)

In Bnei Brak, Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jewish students study religious texts on Thursday in a yeshiva, or seminary. Their protective plastic shields allow the customary practice of learning together with a partner. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has been especially hard hit by the country’s coronavirus outbreak. (Oded Balilty / The Associated Press)

In Bnei Brak, Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jewish students study religious texts on Thursday in a yeshiva, or seminary. Their protective plastic shields allow the customary practice of learning together with a partner. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has been especially hard hit by the country’s coronavirus outbreak. (Oded Balilty / The Associated Press)

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—Courtney Riffkin
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12:52 pm

Most of Germany imposes $59 fine for mask-wearing breaches

Most of Germany will impose a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for breaching mask-wearing rules as coronavirus infections rise again, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday after a virtual meeting with the country’s state governors.

Officials also agreed to extend a ban on big events where social distancing and contact tracing can’t be ensured until the end of December.

Passengers with face masks arrive in the main train station in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday. Most of Germany will impose a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for breaching mask-wearing rules as coronavirus infections rise again. (Michael Probst / The Associated Press)

Passengers with face masks arrive in the main train station in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday. Most of Germany will impose a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for breaching mask-wearing rules as coronavirus infections rise again. (Michael Probst / The Associated Press)

Passengers with face masks arrive in the main train station in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday. Most of Germany will impose a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for breaching mask-wearing rules as coronavirus infections rise again. (Michael Probst / The Associated Press)

In decentralized Germany, imposing and loosening virus-related restrictions is a matter for the 16 state governments, so a patchwork of rules has emerged in recent months. Some areas have imposed no punishment for people who don’t wear masks as required in public transport, shops and elsewhere while others have imposed high fines.

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—The Associated Press
10:35 am

Disney World guard attacked over masks, police say

A man hit a security guard in the head and threatened to kill him at Epcot theme park when he was asked to follow Disney World’s mask rules, sheriff’s officials said.

A man was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020 at Disney World, seen here in a July 9, 2020, photo taken in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Gabrielle Russon / Orlando Sentinel via AP)

A man was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020 at Disney World, seen here in a July 9, 2020, photo taken in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Gabrielle Russon / Orlando Sentinel via AP)

A man was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020 at Disney World, seen here in a July 9, 2020, photo taken in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Gabrielle Russon / Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Enrico Toro, 35, was arrested Aug. 14 and charged with misdemeanor battery, an Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrest report said.

“We expect guests to treat our cast members with courtesy and respect, and while the vast majority of guests have adapted to our new measures, this unfortunate case required law enforcement,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement.

According to deputies, Toro, his wife and three children arrived at Epcot’s security area wearing “improper masks” about 4:40 p.m. on Aug. 14, an arrest report said. They returned to the car and came back to security again. One child still wore a mask that didn’t fit Disney’s rules.

Toro “began cussing” and said, “Call the police. They will have to shoot me to leave” and then struck the guard, the arrest report said.

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—The Associated Press
8:11 am

Latin America’s evangelical churches hard hit by pandemic

Women wearing masks pray during a service at Bethel evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua. The congregation knows the pandemic’s wrath: two of its pastors are among the more than 40 evangelical leaders who have died in Nicaragua since March. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Women wearing masks pray during a service at Bethel evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua. The congregation knows the pandemic’s wrath: two of its pastors are among the more than 40 evangelical leaders who have died in Nicaragua since March. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Women wearing masks pray during a service at Bethel evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua. The congregation knows the pandemic’s wrath: two of its pastors are among the more than 40 evangelical leaders who have died in Nicaragua since March. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Some 400 men and women spaced themselves across a sprawling worship hall, praying through face masks with arms raised for the health of friends and family suffering from the coronavirus.

The congregation of Managua’s Bethel Restoration church knew the pandemic’s wrath: Two of its pastors were among the more than 40 evangelical leaders who have died in Nicaragua since March.

People sing and dance during a religious service at the Oasis of Peace evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua. Evangelical churches have kept spreading the Gospel despite government measures meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

People sing and dance during a religious service at the Oasis of Peace evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua. Evangelical churches have kept spreading the Gospel despite government measures meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

People sing and dance during a religious service at the Oasis of Peace evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua. Evangelical churches have kept spreading the Gospel despite government measures meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Throughout Latin America, a traditionally Catholic region with a surging evangelical presence in nearly every country, evangelical churches have kept spreading the Gospel despite government measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In many countries, evangelical churches have flouted public health guidelines by holding in-person services, or have personally ministered to church members in homes and other settings.

In at least two countries, evangelical pastors have died in alarming numbers during the pandemic.

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—The Associated Press
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8:06 am

Putin touts Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine as effective and safe

The Russian president on Thursday praised a coronavirus vaccine that Russia approved for use earlier this month as effective and safe, a clear bid to address international skepticism about the shots that have only been studied for two months in a few dozen people.

In an interview with a state TV channel, released Thursday, President Vladimir Putin insisted that the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus to receive a government go-ahead was approved “in strict accordance with Russian laws” that are in line with “international practice and regulations.”

A worker focuses on a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

A worker focuses on a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

A worker focuses on a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

The claim comes after scientists around the world sounded the alarm about the fast-tracked approval and Russia’s failure to share any data supporting claims of the vaccine’s efficacy, saying it was a major breach of scientific protocol.

“It is completely obvious for our specialists today that this vaccine forms lasting immunity … and it is safe,” Putin said.

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—The Associated Press
8:06 am

‘Tornado with a long tail’ and multi-organ impact, says WHO about coronavirus

The World Health Organization’s top official in Europe warned Thursday that the coronavirus is a “tornado with a long tail” and said rising case counts among young people could ultimately spread to more vulnerable older people — and cause an uptick in deaths.

Dr. Hans Kluge said younger people are likely to come into closer contact with the elderly as the weather cools in Europe, raising the prospect of spread to the most vulnerable.

“We don’t want to do unnecessary predictions, but this is definitely one of the options — that at one point there would be more hospitalizations and an uptick in mortality,” he said from Copenhagen, the WHO Europe headquarters.

He insisted “no one is invincible” but alluded to the fact that most coronavirus deaths are among the elderly.

“It may be that younger people indeed are not necessarily going to die from it, but it’s a tornado with a long tail and it’s a multi-organ disease,” he said.

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—The Associated Press
7:59 am

Teens step up in pandemic, buying masks, delivering food

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, communities across the country have discovered a powerful resource that has stepped forward to make a difference: America’s teenagers.

They have delivered groceries to older adults, offered online tutoring, emailed sick children, helped feed the hungry. And then there are those like 15-year-old Valerie Xu, who raised money to buy masks to donate to a Dallas hospital and homeless shelter.

“People have a good heart and are willing to help, and are willing to contribute to our society,” Xu said.

Valerie Xu, 15, delivers donated boxes of masks to a medical center in Dallas in June. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Valerie Xu, 15, delivers donated boxes of masks to a medical center in Dallas in June. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Valerie Xu, 15, delivers donated boxes of masks to a medical center in Dallas in June. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Xu began raising funds in March. She was alarmed that some health care workers were having trouble getting masks, and disheartened to hear about unfounded animosity directed at Asian Americans over the virus that was first detected in China.

The response, she said, helped restore her optimism and left her “very inspired.”

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—The Associated Press
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7:53 am

Virus hits tribe in remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands

A motorist drives along the seashore with his family in Port Blair, in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago. Four members of a small tribe in the remote islands have tested positive for the coronavirus. An Indian health official says the four are among the 37 members of the Great Andamanese tribe who live on Strait Island. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

A motorist drives along the seashore with his family in Port Blair, in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago. Four members of a small tribe in the remote islands have tested positive for the coronavirus. An Indian health official says the four are among the 37 members of the Great Andamanese tribe who live on Strait Island. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

A motorist drives along the seashore with his family in Port Blair, in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago. Four members of a small tribe in the remote islands have tested positive for the coronavirus. An Indian health official says the four are among the 37 members of the Great Andamanese tribe who live on Strait Island. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

Four members of a small tribe in the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands have tested positive for the coronavirus, an Indian health official said Thursday.

Dr. Avijit Ray said the four are among the 37 members of the Great Andamanese tribe who live on Strait Island. Health workers went to the island last week to test the tribe members, he said.

Ray said the four apparently caught the virus during a recent visit to Port Blair.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a chain of islands with a population of about 400,000, have reported 2,944 coronavirus cases, including 41 deaths, mostly among nontribal groups.

Vulnerable tribes on the islands include the Jarawa, Great Andamanese, Shompen, Onge and the isolated Sentinelese who in 2018 killed an American Christian missionary, John Allen Chau, with bows and arrows when he traveled illegally to North Sentinelese Island, where they live, and tried to proselytize them.

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—The Associated Press
6:19 am

Catch up on the past 24 hours

There’s a growing uproar over who should get tested for COVID-19. According to new federal guidelines, people without symptoms don’t need a test, even if they were in close contact with infected people. But that runs counter to what scientists say is necessary to control the pandemic, and Washington state won’t be following the feds. Here’s where to get a test in the Seattle area.

A 15-minute COVID-19 test that will be priced at $5 has been granted emergency authorization for use in the U.S., a breakthrough that could ease the nation’s testing bottleneck.

Back to school … kind of: In Seattle, the school district and teachers have reached a tentative deal on expectations for the school year. In Yakima, some teachers still had that first-day “feeling of excitement” yesterday as they welcomed students back virtually. But it’s far different overseas: Much of Europe is going back to school in person as the virus surges. That’s after last spring’s remote learning shut out at least a third of the world’s children, according to a U.N. report on the “global education emergency.”

Why does the virus hit men harder? A new clue has emerged, and it could influence vaccine decisions.

COVID-19 is damaging kidneys in “unexpected and dramatic” ways. Doctors are worrying that some survivors may need dialysis forever.

Will the virus cancel Halloween? Haunted houses, costume shops and entire towns are getting chills and looking for safer alternatives.

Quarantine corner

Don’t want to cook? Scores of restaurants are offering affordable family meals to go, including these five favorite deals in the Seattle area.

Some movies are worth falling in love with again. “Love & Basketball” is one of those, even if you don’t, er, love basketball.

—Seattle Times staff and news services
6:09 am

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