Surviving the scorcher, the latest on COVID variants, COVID and kids, eviction moratorium extension, Metro updates, clean water plan...

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June 24, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

By all reports, we are in for a scorcher over the next few days.  This is of particular concern for those who must work outdoors at this time and older people, but is potentially dangerous for all of us, regardless of health status or age.  I urge you to read the information and resources below on how to stay safe and cool for the next few days, including a critically important reminder about water safety during this time.  Also, please remember that cars are NOT safe for pets during this heat!   

On another note, Governor Inslee today extended the statewide moratorium on evictions through September; see below for more on this morning’s press conference. 

Also included below is the latest news on the coronavirus variants.  The virus is mutating rapidly (which is what viruses do) and experts are concerned that the slowed-down rate of vaccinations - particularly among young adults – is permitting more rapid, transmissible, and potentially more dangerous variants to take hold.  Of particular concern here in Washington – in addition to the Delta variant spreading throughout the U.S. – is the gamma variant.  See below for more information on this. 

Also, it’s now been officially verified by the data, according to this AP News story: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated.  If you have not yet received your vaccine – don’t wait.  Do it now!

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.