Downtown Seattle brought to ‘screeching halt’ by virus

SEATTLE (AP) — With the U.S. unemployment rate spiking to levels last seen during the Great Depression, people in Seattle have felt some of the deepest impacts as the first city to grapple with a major COVID-19 outbreak. Downtown Seattle Association president and CEO Jon Scholes says many employees began working remotely March 5, bringing a decade of growth “to a screeching halt.” The association this week estimated at least 57,000 of some 330,000 jobs downtown have been shed since March 1. The state’s stay-home order is in effect through May but officials are starting a phased-in approach to loosening restrictions.