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September 16, 2021


Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As you may have heard by now, County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin issued a new Health Order today, requiring verification of full vaccination status or a negative test to enter outdoor public events of 500 or more people as well as indoor establishments and events such as live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants, and bars.  I’ve included full details below.

I support this requirement, as it’s becoming more and more clear that we have not sufficiently pushed back this virus, even with the availability of vaccines.  It’s now taking an enormous toll on our hospitals and health care workers, not to mention the increased hospitalizations and deaths.

In addition, an FDA advisory panel is set to make a decision tomorrow on whether booster shots should be made widely available.  More information on tomorrow’s meeting is included below.

Also to note, my legislation concerning the County’s acquiring of City Hall Park from the City of Seattle will be taken up at the next meeting of the Council’s Committee of the Whole on October 6th.  (It had originally been scheduled for yesterday’s meeting, but time ran out.)  

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.