New Omicron subvariant, locating COVID tests, health care worker burnout, get “MyShake” to prepare for “The Big One,” February special election...

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January 27, 2022

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well, just as the Omicron surge appears to be leaving western Washington and heading to the east side of our state, a new “subvariant” of Omicron is starting to spread and two cases have been identified in Washington state. The latest coverage of this new subvariant is included below, along with an interview about Omicron, finding tests, health care worker burnout and more. 

You may be interested in this page from The Seattle Times, which groups together articles on resources for dealing with COVID: How to navigate the COVID pandemic in the Seattle area: resources on masks, tests, vaccines and more.

You may also be interested in viewing the Governor’s press conference from this afternoon. It is available here on TVW.

I’m also including below information on signing up for MyShake, the earthquake warning app, which is now available in our state. Those who are new to the area may not know that western Washington is prime earthquake territory, sitting on top of the “Cascadia subduction zone.” More on this is included below, along with emergency preparedness information and resources. 

Some readers of this e-newsletter live outside my Council District 4, and may not have received a copy of my End-of-the-Year newsletter, which was just mailed out to my constituents. You can view a pdf version of the newsletter here.

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.