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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

January 24, 2022

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

I am actually more hopeful than I’ve been in awhile that we may be turning a corner on this pandemic - - at least in terms of Omicron. I’ve included a link below to the COVID-19 presentation from Public Health last week at the Board of Health meeting, and also included a photo of one of the slides. You can see clearly how enormous and sudden the Omicron surge has been, but also how the cases are quickly and steeply declining.

However, I’m also including below a plea from King County hospitals as they are completely overwhelmed. Although the Omicron variant may lead to milder cases on an individual level, the sheer numbers mean we continue to have overflowing hospital beds and emergency rooms. Please, if you haven’t been boosted (or vaccinated yet), now is the time.

Speaking of boosters, I’m including more news on that topic below, as well as some updates to K-12 school guidance, Gov. Inslee’s remarks on COVID to a congressional committee, this week at the Council, updates on fighting human trafficking, and much more. 

Also, you may be interested in this page from the CDC - - helpful for finding the right mask: NIOSH-approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators.

And – you may start to notice a few changes in the format of this e-newsletter. Most noticeably, in an attempt to streamline a bit, we are not including all of the case, hospitalization and death numbers, instead including links to that information.

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.