Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, May 5: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the nation
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Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, May 5: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the nation

Washingtonians yearning for a taste of Northwest normalcy may feel some relief today as more than 100 state parks reopen for day use after weeks of coronavirus-related closures. Gov. Inslee announced phased-in relaxations of his stay-home order last week. Public health officials are instructing residents to continue practicing social distancing. Here’s what you need to know before heading out.

Some businesses may not be too far behind state parks. Barbershops, hair salons, professional services and some in-store retail purchases could resume June 1 as Washington begins to reopen its economy, state Secretary of Health John Wiesman said Monday. If the numbers of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases “go way down” in the coming weeks, he said, those businesses could open earlier — but some mathematical models are predicting the number of deaths in the United States could nearly double by the summer.

Throughout Tuesday, on this page, we’ll be posting updates from Seattle Times journalists and others on the pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Monday can be found here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.

The following graphic includes the most recent numbers from the Washington State Department of Health, released Monday.

Live updates:

Coronavirus Economy daily chart: Seattle-area job openings plunge, worse than national average

We’re publishing a series of charts to help explain how the Seattle-area economy is doing during the coronavirus crisis.

Today’s data shows how listings for new jobs have changed for Seattle, Washington and the U.S. as a whole.

The takeaway: All three are down by more than one-third — with Seattle, which was hit by the coronavirus first, faring slightly worse than the national average.

The data reflects job openings advertised on Indeed.com on successive Fridays. The number of listings is shown as a percentage of the respective numbers on Feb. 1, 2020.

—Seattle Times business staff

Are you wearing that face mask properly?

—Jennifer Luxton and Kris Higginson

Losing a tenuous home

Cynthia Cantrill clears out her tent Monday at Ballard Commons before the deadline to have everything removed by the City of Seattle’s Navigation Team. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Cynthia Cantrill clears out her tent Monday at Ballard Commons before the deadline to have everything removed by the City of Seattle’s Navigation Team. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The City of Seattle’s move to clear an encampment in Ballard is raising concerns about where homeless people can go to safely ride out the pandemic.

—Sydney Brownstone and Daniel Beekman

Quarantine Corner: Mother’s Day edition

Kids can make “stained glass” artwork using tissue paper, clear contact paper and construction paper.  (JiaYing Grygiel)
Kids can make “stained glass” artwork using tissue paper, clear contact paper and construction paper. (JiaYing Grygiel)

Here’s your fair warning that Sunday is the day, and nobody’s bringing home crafts from school this year.

Some help:

—Kris Higginson

Catch up on the past 24 hours

A runner darts past locked gates at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland on Sunday, May 3, 2020. On Tuesday morning, the park will be reopened by senior park aide Joe Brodzinsk as part of the governor’s “Phase 1” plan to relax recreational restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
A runner darts past locked gates at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland on Sunday, May 3, 2020. On Tuesday morning, the park will be reopened by senior park aide Joe Brodzinsk as part of the governor’s “Phase 1” plan to relax recreational restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Welcome to Phase 1 of Washington’s reopening. More than 100 state parks reopen today, and there are some important things to know before you venture out. Here’s the full list of parks.

Washington’s barbers and hair salons could reopen June 1, along with some in-store retail. State officials are looking ahead to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan.

The daily coronavirus death toll will nearly double by June, the White House privately predicted as President Donald Trump presses for states to reopen. A closely watched UW institute also sharply increased its projections, reflecting “premature relaxation of restrictions.” (We’ve written about why mathematical models differ so much, and whether they can be believed.) Track the spread of the virus in Washington state and around the world.

Mourners carry a casket last month from Al-Rayaan Muslim Funeral Services in Brooklyn, New York, to a van waiting to transport multiple bodies to burial plots. The number of funerals at Al-Rayaan has risen to about 15 each day, compared with 20 to 30 per month pre-coronavirus. (Todd Heisler / The New York Times)
Mourners carry a casket last month from Al-Rayaan Muslim Funeral Services in Brooklyn, New York, to a van waiting to transport multiple bodies to burial plots. The number of funerals at Al-Rayaan has risen to about 15 each day, compared with 20 to 30 per month pre-coronavirus. (Todd Heisler / The New York Times)

Seattle will protect residential tenants from eviction for six months after the current moratorium expires, under a plan unanimously approved by the City Council. Here’s how it will work.

An Amazon VP and top engineer has resigned “in dismay” over the firing of activists who spoke out about treatment of warehouse workers amid the coronavirus. Tim Bray is talking about “a vein of toxicity” in the company’s culture.

The world came together for a virtual vaccine summit yesterday, but the U.S. was conspicuously absent. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s cross-country trip today is provoking angst over the risks of travel.

The pandemic has claimed a big retail casualty. J. Crew’s bankrupcty filing may be just the first.

—Kris Higginson

How is this outbreak affecting you?

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