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Gov. Inslee, State Updates

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Gov. Jay Inslee issued higher education and workforce training requirements in Phase 1 and Phase 2 Monday morning. These guidelines do not apply generally to higher education institutions; they apply only to workforce training programs that require in-classroom/lab practicums only.

Through the Washington Safe Start plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.

85 Crewmen Test Positive

The test results for the Seattle-based American Seafoods factory trawler are a somber finding for the North Pacific fishing industry, which has been trying to keep the coronavirus off the ships and out of the shore-based plants that produce much of the nation's seafood. The outbreak also underscores the toll coronavirus continues to take on the food processing industry across the U.S.

COVID-19 Cases Climb

Another 353 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Washington, bringing the total number of cases to 21,702, including 1,118 deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

More Unemployment Claims

There were 2.1 million more unemployment claims filed this past week in the USA despite all U.S. states starting to reopen.

Statewide Activation of National Guard

Inslee ordered a statewide activation of the Washington National Guard Sunday night in response to the spread of destructive protests and looting in Washington state.

The activation will allow unarmed troops to be deployed in response to requests from local governments. The governor already authorized at least 600 troops earlier this weekend to help in Seattle and Bellevue.

The state received a request from Spokane County tonight for National Guard assistance after what was described as a rogue group began looting and damaging property in downtown Spokane. Earlier in the day, thousands of people protested peacefully.

Long Term Care Testing

Thursday, Inslee announced the state's long term care testing plan and farmworker protections. Inslee announced the state's plan to begin broad testing within long term care facilities and laid out additional health and safety guidelines for the agriculture industry.

23 Proclamations Extended

Inslee announced the extension of 23 proclamations Friday in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The extensions were approved by the state Legislature.

The proclamations, which were set to expire on May 31, 2020, are extended to June 17, 2020. All have previously been extended by the Legislature.

Boeing to cut 10,000 jobs

Boeing announced to employees last Wednesday the first batch of almost 7,000 involuntary layoffs in the U.S. Added to more than 5,500 voluntary layoffs, this means it will cut almost 12,300 jobs company-wide. Washington state takes the biggest hit.

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