Black History Month, FOUR vaccine doses, trust in government linked to COVID outcomes, at-home test information, highlights from this week at the County, remembering the Holocaust, Tuesday deadline for ballot drop-offs...

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February 3, 2022


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Black History Month! Did you know that the origins of Black History Month go back to the 1920s and that February was selected as both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born in the month? You can read a fascinating history of how Black History Month came to be in this article by historian Barbara Krauthamer of UMass Amherst.

More is included below on Black History Month, including free online events this month at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), and an absolutely amazing timeline of African American history by Scroll down for the details. Also, note that the Council will take up our Black History Month Proclamation at next Tuesday’s Council meeting beginning at 1 p.m.

In case you have not heard, the state Department of Health (DOH) has again run out of the at-home COVID test kits. I’m sure it’s frustrating to find that, but keep checking the state site for updates. The positive is that so many people are wanting to get them! You can also try the federal government’s site, I’m including information below on next steps after using an at-home test, whether the results are positive or negative.

Also below, the state DOH just announced that some immunocompromised individuals should receive four doses of COVID-19 vaccine. You can read the details below, as well as find more information on 2021 gun violence data, highlights from the week’s Council meetings, remembering the holocaust, and much more.

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.