Puget Sound a “hot zone” for COVID, the DOH to brief media tomorrow, vaccine news, County budget meetings and more

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November 9, 2020


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We saw encouraging news today on one of the several COVID vaccines currently undergoing testing.  However, as you know, even moving at “warp speed” it will be months at the earliest before a safe and effective vaccine is approved and ready for distribution.

As public health officials warned us, the fall COVID surge is here in full force.  The number of positive cases is spiking rapidly in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.  As Public Health’s Dr. Jeff Duchin said, ““We can choose our path forward or we can let the virus choose it for us…We still have time to change course, but we must act now.”

I’m including more information below on the race for a safe and effective vaccine, as well as on the increasing case numbers in Puget Sound.  We must remain diligent about mask wearing, hand washing and limiting our social interactions. 

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov. 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.