New “Delta” variant, children and COVID, upcoming Seattle vaccine clinics, live music venues preparing to reopen, Juneteenth celebrations...

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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

June 10, 2021

butterfly on flower - Photo by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash

Photo by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As seems to be the case lately, there is good news and some not-so-good news.  First, congratulations are due to all of us who have been vaccinated for helping to hit such an impressive goal!  According to Mayor Durkan and The Seattle Times, Seattle is the first major city to fully vaccinate 70% of eligible residents

That is outstanding, and our numbers for all of King County are getting close to the 70% goal, as well.  (I’m now including the percentages for County vaccination rates in the COVID data updates - - see below.)

The not-so-good news has to do with the new so-called “Delta” coronavirus variant.   Researchers say it has a potent combination of features that make it more concerning than other variants we’ve seen to date.  See below for more on this. 

Also below, the latest news on children and COVID-19.  An FDA advisory panel is meeting today to discuss how to proceed with assessing vaccinations for children 11 years old and younger. 

Here at the County this week, the Just Cause tenant protection legislation sponsored by Councilmembers Zahilay, Upthegrove and me came out of committee without recommendation and will be taken up at next Tuesday’s meeting of the full Council.  Our striking amendment will be offered with likely some line amendments proposed by other councilmembers as well.  I’ll include full details of that meeting in Monday’s e-newsletter.

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.