Boeing to Move 787 Production to So Carolina
By The HERALD and Staff Reports
Governor Jay Inslee released a statement Thursday on the Boeing Company's decision to move all 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina.
"Washington state remains the best place in the world to build airplanes. Boeing's success as a company is a credit to the workers and taxpayers of Washington state. Today's announcement is an insult to the hardworking aerospace employees who build 787s.
"I recently asked Boeing's leadership what the company needs to keep 787 production in Washington state. In all our conversations, they never asked for anything. I understand the serious market forces Boeing faces today. What I don't understand is why the company can't commit to restoring production here when the market for this plane improves.
"This news falls hardest on the more than 1,000 Washington workers who build the 787, and many more who face uncertainty as a result of this decision. The aerospace industry will remain a major employer in our state with about 70,000 workers. The state is committed to maintaining support for those companies and workers.
Alaska Airlines to Furlough
or Lay Off More Employees
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Seattle Trials Underway for
Experimental Antibody Drug
Swedish Medical Center and UW Medicine are involved in trials of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals experimental antibody drug, which was administered to President Donald Trump as part of his treatment for coronavirus. The drug given to Trump has been called one of the most promising approaches to preventing serious illness from a COVID-19 infection.
Outbreak on UW
Greek Row Increases
A COVID-19 outbreak connected to the University of Washington's Greek Row has increased to 139 cases as of Saturday morning. The UW students are in 11 fraternities and sororities. The students who tested positive and students with COVID-like symptoms have been instructed to isolate where they live. The positive cases are separate from a UW outbreak over the summer, when 154 students living in fraternity and sorority houses tested positive for COVID-19.
Nursing Home Outbreak
A Mason County nursing home reported a COVID-19 outbreak of 47 positive cases among residents and employees and two deaths, health officials said Friday.
Through mid-afternoon Sunday, another 455 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Washington, bringing the total number of diagnoses to 89,874, including 2,142 deaths, according to the state Department of Health. At least 7,628 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus. A total of 609 people in Washington state were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Friday, and 1.92 million Washingtonians have been tested since the outbreak began in late February. State health officials confirmed 694 new COVID-19 cases in Washington from Thursday. Officials reported 594 new COVID-19 cases in Washington as of Wednesday night.
Inslee Leads 12 Governors
On Threats to Democracy
A coalition of 12 governors led by Gov. Inslee, including Kate Brown (Ore), Gavin Newsom (Calif), Phil Murphy (NJ), Gretchen Whitmer (Mich), Tony Evers (Wis), Tim Walz (Minn), Ralph Northam (Virg), John Carney (Del), Steve Sisolak (Nev), Michelle Lujan Grisham (N. Mex) and J. B. Pritzker (Ill), released a joint statement last Wednesday on recent threats to the democratic process and reports of efforts to circumvent the election results.
"We do not take for granted the sacred right of every American to cast a vote, and to have that vote counted, in the presidential election held every four years. It is a right that is foundational to our democracy and essential to the continuation of our constitutional system of government -- something to be cherished, revered and defended by elected leaders at all levels.
"Any efforts to throw out ballots or refuse a peaceful transfer of power are nothing less than an assault on American democracy. There is absolutely no excuse for promoting the intimidation or harassment of voters. These are all blatant attempts to deny our constituents the right to have their voices heard, as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, and to know the will of the people will be carried out."