In January of this year, Washington State reported one of the first cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Since that time, the city of Seattle has been on the forefront of the pandemic response. The Emerald City turned the dial quickly in order to help decrease transmission of the virus and in doing so has created a road map for other cities.
Serious measures were put in place immediately in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, including closing public facilities and implementing social distancing measures. To help ease the burden on residents, Seattle was also one of the first cities to create small business grants, allow residents to defer utility payments, and put a moratorium on evictions.
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