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January 21, 2021


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been one year since the novel coronavirus was first detected in our nation, right here in King County.  I am relieved that one year later we can finally look forward to some improvement, hopefully by this summer.

It is interesting to note that in a New York Times article marking the nation’s grim milestone of more than 400,000 people dead of COVID, this observation about our state was included:

Washington State, which recorded 37 of the nation’s first 50 coronavirus deaths, has kept in place a steadily adjusting suite of mitigation measures and now ranks 44th in deaths per capita. If the nation had achieved a rate comparable to Washington’s, about 220,000 fewer people would be dead.”

Like many of you, I am pleased that the new administration is already taking aggressive steps to fight the pandemic and it looks as though they plan to coordinate more closely with state and local governments.  Improved clarity and communication from the federal level should help our state – and our country – increase the number of people vaccinated every day, and will improve the ability of all providers to plan ahead.  And I find it reassuring to hear Dr. Anthony Fauci and others indicate that science will again be center stage.  For more on actions already taken by the new administration, see below.    

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 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.