Washington's stay-home order extended

Gov. Jay Inslee extended Washington's stay home order through May 4, one month past the original ending date.

Inslee said the data collected on the spread of the novel coronavirus shows it is still on the rise in Washington state.

Essential businesses and errands may continue, but Inslee urged residents to stop non-essential errands and travel.

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Paycheck protection for small businesses

The government plans to begin disbursing loan money to companies and freelancers Friday under the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program

If you're self-employed or own a small business, see how to start the benefits process. It's been a grueling time for many in Washington.

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Need for medical gear

Across the country, medical staff and first responders are running low on personal protective equipment (known as PPE) as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.

Snohomish County is taking PPE donations to help fill that need.

The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management is collecting unopened and unused gloves, eye protection, hand sanitizer, masks, and even homemade masks.

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Kirkland nursing home fined

Life Care Center of Kirkland is facing a $611,325 fine after federal surveyors found "immediate jeopardy" situations during an inspection of the nursing home, believed to be the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state.

That amount could be increased or decreased based on future inspections and compliance, according to a letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Win free rent

Former Seattle radio host "Bender" has partnered with Oberto to pay the mortgage or rent of a Washington resident every Friday in April, up to $2,000.

Click here to see the guidelines. 

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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