Editor’s note: This is a live account of COVID-19 updates from Monday, June 29, as the day unfolded. It is no longer being updated. Click here to see all the most recent news about the pandemic, and click here to find additional resources.
The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday — 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases — and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come.
In Seattle, an undisclosed number of people living in University of Washington Greek houses have tested positive for the virus in the past week, and campus officials are working to track down anyone else who may need to be tested. The university did not specify which residences the infected students are living in or whether they are members of the Greek organizations.
Meanwhile, in King County, where Black residents account for about 6% of the total population, Black workers make up about 11% of recent layoffs. That’s according to a new report by Washington STEM, a Seattle-based nonprofit that has analyzed weekly, or “continuing,” claims for jobless benefits filed by unemployed workers during the pandemic.
Throughout Monday, on this page, we’ll post updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Sunday can be found here, and all our COVID-19 coverage can be found here.