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.