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September 2, 2021

stadium - Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As you may have heard, and can read about below, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin has issued an outdoor mask order at events of 500 or more people.  In my view, this was a prudent step, given the fact that the Delta variant is so much more contagious and can cause more severe illness in unvaccinated adults, as well as the fact that hospital administrators in our state are concerned about ICU capacity as cases increase.

I am also very concerned about the numbers of children now being hospitalized with the Delta variant - - see news coverage below on this.

I have to mention the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision.  I was stunned that they let the Texas law go into effect, when it appears to be so clearly unconstitutional.  The Texas law bans abortions after approximately six weeks - - before many women even know they are pregnant.  It is also very strange (compared to other abortion bans that have come before the Court), in that it allows any private citizen to sue anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion.  Although the Court left open the chance to appeal, the law is now in effect in Texas.   Unfortunately, at least in my view, the Court’s decision to allow the Texas law to take effect bodes very poorly for the future of Roe v. Wade.

Note: Although most County offices will be closed Monday for the labor day weekend, we will still be sending out an e-newsletter that day.

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.