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May 13, 2021

opening in June

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This is a strange, transitional time, isn’t it?  Schools are starting to reopen, flights are filling up again and the CDC has just announced that “Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors,” according to this Associated Press (AP) story.    

And, Gov. Inslee just announced this afternoon that, provided the state reaches a 70% vaccination rate, he will lift most COVID-19 restrictions and reopen Washington on or before June 30.  I’m including more details below on this breaking news.

At the same time, the virus is spiraling out of control in India (more on that below) and, while more than 57% of eligible people in our state have received at least one vaccine dose, vaccination rates need to increase considerably if we are to meet the Governor’s deadline and reopen at the end of June.

It has also been a busy time at the County.  The Council will take up our seventh emergency COVID budget for a vote next Tuesday, and Executive Constantine announced the first purchase of a hotel by the County to permanently house chronically homeless individuals during his State of the County address (more below on both these items).

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.