SEATTLE, WA — Testing has confirmed another 348 coronavirus cases in Washington, according to the latest numbers released Sunday by the state Department of Health.
No additional deaths were reported Sunday, leaving the state's official total at 1,310. At least 31,752 Washingtonians have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
The state has now tested 534,443 people for the virus, of whom about 5.9 percent have tested positive.
Catch up on the latest developments:
Seattle's virus downturn hits those already struggling
Unlike some previous economic crises, which have affected people on all levels of the socioeconomic ladder, the coronavirus crisis has disproportionately hurt those already struggling, the Seattle Times reported.
Groups that have been unevenly affected include Black people, who make up about 6 percent of King County's population but 11 percent of recent layoffs, according to a new report.
Likewise, women, young people, people with lower education levels and people unable to work from home have all been harder-hit by the wave of unemployment than more privileged peers.
Fishing crews can qualify for coronavirus relief
Thanks to a federal rule change, fishers can now count their crews as part of their employee payroll, allowing them to qualify for federal loans intended to help businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
Fishers, who have dealt with poor markets as restaurants shut down during the crisis, discovered following the first federal aid program that they were unable to include their crews, the Associated Press reported.
Industry leaders wrote to U.S. Senators in May, asking for a lifeline.
"We believe the purpose and intent of the Paycheck Protection Program is to help protect small businesses, including commercial fishing businesses. But as it stands now, that does not hold true and fishing businesses and crew members are unable to effectively access full PPP benefits," read the letter from Seafood Harvesters of America President Robert Dooley and Executive Director Leigh Habegger.
Coronavirus cases by county:
|Benton||1,686 (+29)||207 (+6)||75|
|Clark||697 (+5)||105 (+1)||30|
|Franklin||1,578 (+23)||142 (+2)||32|
|Grant||472 (+15)||41 (+1)||6|
|Grays Harbor||26 (+1)||8||0|
|King||9,895 (+86)||1,782 (+12)||610 (+3)|
|Kittitas||122 (+5)||4 (+1)||0|
|Pierce||2,485 (+20)||410 (+2)||97|
|Snohomish||3,438 (+7)||607 (+1)||168|
|Spokane||1,193 (+14)||126 (+2)||39|
|Stevens||17 (+1)||5 (+1)||1|
|Walla Walla||158 (+6)||13||3|
|Yakima||6,920 (+92)||504 (+6)||152|
The above numbers are provided by the state Department of Health, and some numbers differ from the totals provided separately by county health agencies.