The Puget Sound area and the nation celebrated a quiet Fourth of July holiday on Saturday — no Mariners baseball, no big party in Gas Works Park — as rising coronavirus cases in many states prompted local officials to urge people to stay home or, at the very least, to avoid large gatherings.
While cases have been accelerating recently in Washington state, Saturday’s numbers showed a significantly lower volume of new cases than were reported in the previous two days, 716 and 627, respectively. On Sunday, the state reported 651 new coronavirus cases and five additional deaths. The update brings the state’s totals to 35,898 cases and 1,359 deaths.
Elsewhere in the world, life in Britain took a turn toward normalcy with pubs, salons and other businesses reopening, while nations such as South Africa, India and Brazil struggled with spiking caseloads.
Throughout Sunday, on this page, we’ll be posting Seattle Times journalists’ updates on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Saturday can be found here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.
The following graphic includes the most recent numbers from the Washington State Department of Health, released Sunday afternoon.