Jenny Lind Schmitt

Jenny Lind Schmitt is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute Mid-Career Course.

Jenny Lind Schmitt

Watching Europe shut down

Coronavirus | My there and back again story
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 3/21/20, 09:12 am

When President Trump made his proclamation banning travel from Europe just as my husband and I were leaving the country, we were alarmed. But when we looked at the text of the proclamation and realized the ban would not apply to U.S. citizens, we breathed a little more easily, knowing we would be able to get home again.

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Grant Hindsley/The New York Ti​mes/Redux

COVID-19 calling

News analysis | As the deadly disease hit the United States, Christians began praying, planning, and caring for their communities
by Jenny Lind Schmitt, Charissa Koh & Sophia Lee
Posted 3/12/20, 03:23 pm

By early March the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease had spread to more than 110 countries and topped 118,000 cases worldwide. Three-­quarters of its 4,000 deaths had occurred in China, but non-China cases began multiplying.

COVID-19 first struck the United States in the Seattle area. After the first deaths came at a nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., in late February, authorities decided to close schools in an “abundance of caution.” 

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Seattle hunkers down

Health | Schools close and store shelves empty as coronavirus fears spread
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 3/04/20, 10:10 am

Several Seattle area schools remained closed on Tuesday, as the region with America’s first coronavirus deaths dealt with fears of the spreading virus. Most of the closed schools had staff members or students with family members who had become sick after international travel. Authorities decided to close the schools in an “abundance of caution” despite direction from the Washington State Department of Health for schools to remain open.

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