News on Delta variant, “up your masking game,” keeping your pets (and yourself and loved ones) cool and safe in extreme heat and unhealthy air quality, local health officers team up, the U.N.’s climate report, local food...

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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

August 12, 2021

Photo by Elisa Kennemer on Unsplash - dog in water

Photo by Elisa Kennemer on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

Well, it does seem as though we’re in the thick of it again.  The state Department of Health issued a warning today about the expected extreme heat over the weekend.  Please note that the heat may affect some of the COVID-19 testing sites as some are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat. You can find the latest information on hours and availability at King County’s COVID-19 testing webpage.

I’ve included resources below on staying cool this weekend, especially with the unfortunate poor air quality. Also important - in addition to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe - is to keep your pets and other animals cool and safe.  There is an animal cooling shelter that will be open today and tomorrow (see below). 

And now, smoke from the north has reached the Seattle area, as well, as explained in this story from The Seattle Times: Smoke from Canada arrives, air-quality alerts issued for some parts of Puget Sound

Also included below is information on the climate change report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday, as well as information on the disruptions we might expect locally. 

With all this going on, we are also back in the middle of a full-on surge of positive COVID cases, driven by the Delta variant.  King County is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18th, as are the state and the City of Seattle.

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.