Puget Sound health officials call for masks indoors, delta variant a game-changer, vaccine mandates, COVID 8 budget, an epidemic of gun violence...

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July 26, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

If you’re like me, you may be feeling an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu, or maybe a feeling that we seem to be taking two steps forward and one step back when it comes to this pandemic. 

Today, public health officials from across the Puget Sound region issued a joint statement calling on everyone – regardless of vaccination status – to start masking up again when in a public, indoors space.  More details on that statement, as well as the latest news on the pandemic are included below.  Also included below is the latest on what can only be described as an epidemic of gun violence - - here in our city, county and nationwide.    

We have been very busy at the Council preparing for our eighth (since the start of the pandemic; third in 2021) COVID emergency budget, on which the Council is set to vote tomorrow at 1 p.m.  The public is welcome to join the virtual meeting; details are on this page

The Council’s annual two-week recess starts next week, and, although I will not be working officially, I will be sending out e-newsletters, but only on Thursdays during the recess.  So, no e-newsletters on Monday August 2nd or August 9th.

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.