A good year for orcas, kids and COVID, vaccine incentives get creative, State of the County...

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May 10, 2021

Orca- NOAA

Photo by NOAA Fisheries

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well, as usual, I have some good news and some not-so-good news.  First, on Friday, May 7th, the state Department of Health (DOH) released the latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report.  While there are some signs in the most recent data that cases may be starting to flatten, disease activity remains high, meaning vaccination efforts and mask-wearing, physical distancing and gathering outdoors are still critical.  Additional report findings include the estimate that the vast majority of cases in the state are now associated with variants of concern.  For more information, see the DOH announcement here.

On the positive side, I loved reading this article in The Seattle Times: Southern resident orcas celebrate three healthy calves as researchers find J pod in best overall condition in a decade.  This is indeed a positive development.

Below, I’m including the latest information on children and COVID, as well as news on the variety of incentives states, companies and others are using to encourage people to get vaccinated. 

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.