“Medium” level of community spread, last day to comment on Sound Transit’s Ballard extension plans, COVID test information, salmon return to the Green River, Equitable Development Initiative…

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April 28, 2022

salmon - green river

Salmon are returning to the Green River. Details below.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

If you watched Tuesday’s press conference given by Dr. Duchin, our Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, you’re aware that King County is now at a “medium” level of community spread, according to the CDC. I’m including more below on the latest data, as well as advice from Public Health on what steps to take. And relevant to me, I recently was informed by a person I had seen a couple of days prior, that she had tested positive. I wear a mask everywhere I go but had removed it for no more than 10 seconds for a photograph being taken of us (and was assured she’d been boosted). I have isolated myself since finding out and fortunately have continued to test negative. You just never know as we hear more and more of people contacting COVID even though they’ve been vaxxed and boosted.

Also, a reminder that today is the last day to make your voice heard on Sound Transit’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for planning on the West Seattle – Ballard extension. To review the EIS, find out more information, and submit a comment, see this page.

Councilmembers have been busy this week reviewing the Executive’s proposed COVID 9 budget -- possibly the last COVID budget we will review. You can view Wednesday’s discussion on it at the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee meeting here

Also, an upcoming change: The Council is planning to hold its first Council hybrid meeting (in our Chamber at the Courthouse but also available on Zoom) on June 7th. Committees will hold their first hybrid meetings the week of June 14th and regional committees will move to hybrid meetings in July. We’ve been working completely remotely since early March, 2020.

Also, this e-newsletter is being sent out for the first time to an expanded list. To those who are new to this e-newsletter: Welcome! You will be receiving it once weekly with hopefully helpful and interesting information for you. If you’d like to unsubscribe, you can do so at this link.

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.