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November 18, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

If you’re like me, you may be thinking about turkeys, holiday gatherings and potential travel this winter. See below for the latest advice from Public Health on how to travel safely, whether and when to get a COVID test, and staying safe once you reach your destination. You may also be interested in this article from The Seattle Times: Health leaders urge caution at upcoming holiday gatherings, reminding Washingtonians of last year’s winter COVID surge. And you can watch our state Secretary of Health’s press conference yesterday here on TVW and find out more below about today’s press conference with Governor Inslee.

See below for more on case increases in Europe, and the CDC’s latest action on travel restrictions, as well as the latest news on COVID and children, and much more.

In addition, I’m pleased to inform you that the mid biennial budget as amended by my striking amendment and several line amendments was adopted by the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, which I chair, on Tuesday this week and will be taken up by the full council next Tuesday at 1 p.m.

One other note, I will be sending out an abbreviated enews next Monday and will NOT be sending out an enews next Thursday because of our Thanksgiving holiday.

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.