Two years of COVID emergency, masking decisions, vaccines and kids, additional free Covid home tests, continuation of juvenile restorative justice program, free Waterfront walking and birding tours, farming and gardening, vehicle crashes more often fatal since pandemic began…

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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

March 3, 2022

Photo by Mehrnegar Dolatmand on Unsplash

Photo by Mehrnegar Dolatmand on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

February 29th marked two years since County Executive Constantine declared a state of emergency following confirmation of the first coronavirus outbreak in the nation here in King County. In looking back at this anniversary, Constantine said, “The last two years have challenged all of us, taking a toll on our community and our day-to-day lives. Entering the next phase of our COVID response should be a moment for all of us to reflect on the loss and pain of the last two years, but also a chance to look forward to the recovery and future we’re building together.”

In the immediate future, we are facing some potentially tricky decisions on when, whether and how often to wear masks as governments move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools and other public spaces. I personally plan to continue masking up in indoor public spaces. I’m including more on the recent changes in mask guidance below, as well as information on vaccines and children, booster shots, testing, the latest news from the Council and much more.

In other news, I was delighted to attend a preview event this morning at SEA (formerly known as SEA-TAC) Airport unveiling the new International Arrivals facility that will be opening to the public soon. It is enormous, beautiful, and will be a terrific place to welcome visitors, refugees, immigrants, new residents and others coming home.

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.