COVID cases at “all time high,” school safety strategies, countering misinformation, update on City Hall Park, the Seattle Storm at the White House...

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August 23, 2021

Storm at WH

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

Isn’t it wonderful to have something to celebrate - - especially right now?  To read more about the 2021 WNBA Champions the Seattle Storm’s historic visit to the White House today, see this article in The Seattle Times.

On other matters, a friend of mine tells me she’s hearing a constant refrain in her head, to the tune of the song “Back in the Saddle Again” - - except it’s “Back in the Facemask Again.”  I’m imagining many of us are feeling something similar, as the state’s indoor mask mandate is back in effect again as of today

As we’ve discussed before, this surge in positive COVID cases is overwhelmingly due to unvaccinated people.  Last week, the state Department of Health (DOH) emphasized the fact that our hospitals and health care system are under immense strain. “Between February 1 and August 3, 94.5% of COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized were not fully vaccinated,” according to the DOH

Although not mandated, the DOH is also strongly urging Washingtonians to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings like sporting events, fairs, and concerts where physical distancing is not possible.

Included below is the very latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on our ongoing drought and expectations for the fall.  Also, I hope to see many of you this Thursday at the Queen Anne Farmers Market (see below for details).

I also wanted to update you on the fact that Council and all of the Legislative Branch have extended the remote work requirement for employees.  As of now, we are planning to return to the Courthouse in the second week of next January.

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.