National Guard to help with Omicron surge, news on schools and COVID, “breakthrough” cases, misinformation protests, pandemic timelines, new Council leadership positions approved, honoring Dr. King, audit on County’s emergency preparedness planning...

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January 13, 2022

pets on water taxi

Well-behaved pets are now allowed to ride the water taxi! Yesterday, Juneau (l) and KC Metro (r) were greeted by King County Executive Constantine after their first trip on the King County Water Taxi.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

I can scarcely believe we are close to entering the third year of this pandemic. I am still hopeful this will be our final year dealing with the extreme disruptions to our lives from COVID. I remain hopeful despite the staggering fact that our state has just passed one million total COVID cases, meaning one in seven Washingtonians has contracted COVID. Mind blowing!

I’ve been thinking about these past two years and how many times we have had to quickly pivot and adapt to new information or circumstances. Unfortunately, that’s still happening. I’m including below a few different versions of timelines of this pandemic – from its initial discovery in Wuhan to our current Omicron surge. Also included below is the latest update from the Governor, the latest news on schools and COVID, advice on using at-home tests, news on masks and new audit findings on the County’s emergency preparedness planning.

As we begin the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. three-day holiday weekend for many, I’m including information below on events this weekend, including a film festival beginning today. The County celebrated today at noon at which I was pleased to speak; you can view the festivities here on Vimeo or here on YouTube. To view the presentation of the Larry Gossett Award, see this link.

Monday is an official County holiday, however, I will 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   

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.