Late yesterday officials in the Seattle area took more steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, including closing all schools in the Northshore school district near Seattle for at least 14 days and providing online instruction for more than 23,000 students, the Seattle Times reported.

At least 26 schools in the district have reports of exposed students, and administrators reported a high absenteeism rate—about 20%—on Wednesday as parents kept their children home out of fear over the spreading disease.

 

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The Seattle Times in a separate story reported that affected counties King and Snohomish have 70 cases, including 11 deaths. Total cases rose by 31 since yesterday.

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