Photos: Amid coronavirus closure, Seattle’s zoo animals roam free in isolation

A new study says a comprehensive system of testing, contact tracing and quarantines will be needed to avoid a burst of new COVID-19 infections before King County can ease social-distancing restrictions. The Seattle Times reports the study from the Bellevue, Washington-based Institute for Disease Modeling says such measures could enable economic and social activity in the region to double from current levels, without a corresponding increase in infections. ut if King County can’t increase testing capacity, fails in its efforts to notify the close contacts of positive cases or can’t convince people to isolate if they’ve been exposed to the virus, new infections could sharply increase, the report says. “It took a communitywide effort to get us into the relatively good situation we are in today with respect to limiting transmission,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County. “And it’s going to take a robust, ongoing communitywide effort to allow us to move forward safely.”

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A jaguar looks down from a log perch from inside an enclosure at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. The soonest King County could conceivably move to the next phase is Monday, but that's unlikely. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

A jaguar looks down from a log perch from inside an enclosure at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. The soonest King County could conceivably move to the next phase is Monday, but that's unlikely. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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A grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

A grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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A snow leopard prowls through a grassy exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

A snow leopard prowls through a grassy exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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A gray wolf looks out from an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

A gray wolf looks out from an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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Asian small-clawed otters wait for their lunch at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

Asian small-clawed otters wait for their lunch at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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Animal keeper Joanna Klass feeds Chilean flamingos at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

Animal keeper Joanna Klass feeds Chilean flamingos at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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A Malayan tiger leans up against a glass partition, empty of visitors behind, at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

A Malayan tiger leans up against a glass partition, empty of visitors behind, at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Seattle. King County remains in phase one of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase plan to reopen Washington's economy. It's unlikely the Seattle zoo could open in the coming weeks based on criteria being studied by Washington state officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

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