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February 10, 2022

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Is it possible? Could we actually be looking at an “end” to the pandemic? Maybe and maybe not.

Mask mandates are being lifted in states across the nation. Here in Washington, the outdoor mask mandate will end on February 18th when masks will no longer be required at outdoor events with 500 or more people. However, at the present time, masks continue to be required in indoor public settings. According to Gov. Inslee at his press conference, “We are having conversations about when and how to safely change indoor mask requirements, and we’ll have more details next week.”

You can view Gov. Inslee’s press conference from yesterday here on TVW and may be interested in this article from The Seattle Times: WA to end outdoor mask mandate next week; more mask changes likely ahead.

Despite the rush for a return to “normalcy,” which I completely understand, there remain questions and cautions from scientists and public health experts. I’m including more on those questions below, including concerns about people with compromised immune systems or other underlying health issues, those living in multi-generational households, and unknowns about “long COVID” and effects on children. Not to mention the big question: Will there be a new variant, and if so, how virulent will it be?

Also included below is information on briefings received at yesterday’s Regional Policy Committee meeting regarding COVID funding and on flood control, as well as information on upcoming Black History Month events, news on facial recognition software 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.