Daily update on COVID-19, Council passes eighth budget in eight months – the final one the biennial budget, Thanksgiving decisions and more

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November 19, 2020

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

With Thanksgiving one week away, and cases increasing sharply, the CDC is pleading with Americans to forego traveling for the holiday.  This is undoubtedly a difficult decision for many families.  My family and I are unfortunately preparing for a virtual Thanksgiving.

Though it’s a tough decision, I think of the hospitals and health care workers who are on the verge of being overwhelmed by the surge, while still facing shortages of PPE.  Many doctors, nurses and other health care workers are already exhausted and over worked, many never having had a break since the pandemic first arrived.  Some heath care providers have contracted the virus themselves, leaving hospitals understaffed as we face a winter of rising hospitalizations.  And some hospitals are getting to the point now of no longer scheduling elective surgeries, reminiscent of last spring.        

There is more information below on options for celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020 as well as on the COVID figures for today and the Council’s passage on Tuesday of our 2021-2022 biennial budget.       

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.