New mask guidance, inequitable COVID health impacts, new law enforcement oversight director, Eighth COVID emergency budget approved, Election Day is Tuesday...

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July 29, 2021

Tim and Nancy Washburn of Magnolia.  See today’s “Moment of Inspiration” for details.

Tim and Nancy Washburn of Magnolia. See today’s “Moment of Inspiration” for details.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This has been a busy week at the Council.  We appointed a new Director to head up the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), an independent body that oversees the Sheriff’s office at the County - - more information on the new Director is included below.

And, as you may know, at his press conference held yesterday, Gov. Inslee announced an updated mask wearing guidance in our state in response to the surge in positive COVID cases due to the delta variant.  I’m including full details below.

In addition, the Council on Tuesday approved our eighth COVID emergency budget.  This is the eighth COVID supplemental budget since the start of the pandemic in March of last year, and the third COVID emergency budget passed this year.  Funding for the COVID emergency budgets comes primarily from federal dollars.  In 2020 and part of 2021, funding was provided under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act, and is currently provided under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.     

This latest budget addresses the very serious backlog in the county’s legal system, as well as the continuing needs related to community and economic support to mitigate impacts of the pandemic.

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   

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.