Juliette Dubroca remembers it happened on a Monday morning, near the end of March.
She was called into her office, the same day Gov. Jay Inslee told nonessential workers to stay at home. The architectural firm where Dubroca had spent six months designing multimillion-dollar homes in Seattle had to let her go, she said. Too many employees for such an uncertain time.
She boxed up her things, cleaned out her files and returned home by lunchtime, too nauseated to eat.
“Why don’t you go out and take a walk,” her husband said. “You come back when you feel better.”
Walking along 22nd Avenue in the Central District — Dubroca’s street — she spotted a group of men eating lunch at a new construction site. The work was surprising, she said, because it was the kind of empty lot next to a gas station where people threw their trash.