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August 5, 2021

Photo by Chelsie King.  See Today’s Moment of Inspiration for details.

Photo by Chelsie King. See Today’s Moment of Inspiration for details.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This can be a discouraging time.  Due to the delta variant (and potentially a couple of other concerning variants out there), we’re looking at extremely high numbers of positive COVID cases, surging in a very short amount of time.

Nationally, according to a CNN story, COVID-19 cases among U.S. children and teens jumped 84% in a week and, according to The New York Times, The known global virus caseload has surpassed 200 million infections.  Here in Washington, according to The Seattle Times, ‘Every hospital is quite full’ in Washington as delta variant of coronavirus spreads

However, it is important to remember that most of these cases are among unvaccinated people (get vaccinated NOW if you haven’t done it already).  As Dr. Duchin said in this morning’s press conference (linked below), "Compared to fully vaccinated residents, those who are not fully vaccinated were five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, 11 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die."

We also owe it to our local health care workers to get those vaccination numbers up.  In doing so, many increased hospitalizations can be avoided. 

The Council’s annual two-week recess continues next week and we will only send out a Thursday newsletter next week.

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.