Seattle testing sites administer 1 million COVID-19 tests

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say Seattle COVID-19 testing sites created over the coronavirus pandemic have administered one million tests. Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday the free testing has been used by more than one in three Seattle residents. Durkan says the city worked quickly to launch a testing program to curb the spread of the virus and keep communities safe. She says Seattle continues to have the lowest cases, hospitalizations, and deaths of every major American city. The Seattle Fire Department began testing first responders on March 14, 2020, and one month later, began testing residents and workers in long-term care facilities. The department launched its public COVID-19 testing infrastructure on June 5, 2020.