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October 25, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

As you may know, today is the day that King County begins requiring verification of full vaccination status or a negative test to participate in outdoor public events of 500 or more people and to enter indoor businesses such as gyms, restaurants, and bars, as well as taking part in indoor events such live music or the performing arts. Full details on the requirement, as well as resources for businesses and individuals on how to comply, are included below.

Also, below is some guidance on emergency preparedness, including what to do when the power goes out which is happening in thousands of homes in the area with the current storms going on.

I am also very pleased and relieved to let you know that I tested negative today for Covid-19. I’d become very sick last Thursday night and am still not feeling well. I’d come back late Monday night from a four-day trip to Ithaca, New York where my husband and I had visited our year-old grandson Eli for the first time. We were ultra-careful so I was very surprised when I became sick at all, especially after having had the flu shot and wearing double masks and using hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes on everything. So, I will double down even more and urge you all to do so as well.

I summarized last week’s Board of Health meeting in last Thursday’s e-newsletter, but wanted to take a minute to draw your attention to some recent opinions and coverage of what was discussed at that meeting on whether to repeal the County’s bicycle helmet requirement:

- King County Board of Health in favor of repealing bicycle helmet law, but delays voteThe Seattle Times

- King County Board of Health delays vote to repeal bike helmet lawKIRO 7

- Opinion: Reconsider bike helmet-law repealThe Seattle Times

- Letter to the Editor: Bike-helmet law: ‘Equity and safety can successfully coexist’ - The Seattle Times           

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.