Listed here are the most recent updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and response across the Seattle area, Capitol Hill, and the Central District. See one thing others ought to find out about? Email CHS or name/txt (206) 399-5959.
- How we on the lookout for Part 2? In a morning session targeted on 10 of the state’s smallest counties being cleared to use for early “Part 2” reopening, Gov. Jay Inslee offered an replace for the remainder of us — Washington is on observe for transferring to the subsequent section in June. Inslee stated Tuesday he’s “hopeful we are able to transfer ahead” on June 1. “I might love to have the ability to say, ‘right here’s the date,’” the governor stated however reminded that measurements of latest instances and availability of testing and medical sources would be the deciding elements. You’ll find our overview of Washington’s reopening phases right here. Part 2 will deliver loosened restrictions together with the reopening of eating places for sit-down service at 50% capability, the return of hair and wonder companies, and “restricted” non-essential journey.
- Statewide masks? Inslee stated Tuesday that he seemingly gained’t be asking for Washington-wide face masks necessities. Beginning Monday, Seattle and King County residents are actually required to wear face coverings inside companies and the place distancing can’t be maintained. However Inslee did say the state is planning to ask companies to encourage their patrons to put on the coverings. Because the state reopens, Inslee stated, issues like sporting masks and making “good particular person choices” might want to assist change the loosened restrictions.
- Seattle masks! Town launched a brand new effort Tuesday to assist companies and organizations in must get new masks “from Seattle-region midsize producers and companies which have pivoted to creating face coverings and Private Protecting Tools (PPE) in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The brand new Seattle Protects “market” is now up and working “to attach native firms, organizations, and group members considering producing, requesting, and donating fabric face coverings for Seattleites throughout COVID-19 pandemic.”
- Additionally reopening: Your mouth: Dentists are again in enterprise as “all medical companies” in Washington are now reopened:
Except for being decided by the COVID-19 exercise in numerous areas of the state, the reopening of well being care companies are based mostly on three requirements of care. Readiness shall be decided by the supply of PPE, hospital capability and extra. Beneath this plan, every well being care or dental supplier should meet sure standards to have the ability to start performing elective procedures. Every supplier evaluates their readiness to start and should keep requirements to proceed to see sufferers.
- Sound Transit fare restart: June 1st will even deliver the return of fares on Sound Transit routes and lightweight rail. A “restoration fare” of $1 for gentle rail shall be obtainable by the Transit GO app and at ticket machines by June. ORCA card carriers shall be charged at full. In keeping with C is for Crank, a part of the driving force behind the return of paid tickets has been damage caused by homeless riders:
In keeping with a press launch, “riders taking repetitive journeys with out obvious locations” have been “related partially” with “a dramatic improve in unsanitary circumstances, rider complaints and incidents of vandalism after fares had been briefly suspended in March.” In different phrases: Homeless folks using trains without cost have trashed our trains and made different riders uncomfortable.
The financial downturn from the disaster is anticipated to additionally do lasting harm to the area’s public transit funding. Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao introduced $166.three million in federal funding to assist with the “Sound Transit COVID-19 Response.”
- Retail pick-up zones: Mayor Jenny Durkan introduced new curbside zones will be a part of the prevailing restaurant pick-up zones in neighborhood streets across the metropolis:
The State of Washington now permits retail shops to re-open for curbside pick-up if all steerage is met. To assist these companies, the Metropolis of Seattle is putting in momentary 15-minute loading zones to facilitate dependable buyer entry for retail pick-ups. This builds on the Metropolis’s earlier announcement of precedence pick-up zones for native eating places. The 15-minute time restrict offers folks an opportunity to rapidly and safely choose up purchases, whereas making certain frequent parking turnover so the places stay reliably obtainable for vast use.
- No added college: Regardless of Seattle Public Colleges getting off to a sluggish begin on distant studying, the district introduced Tuesday it gained’t be tacking on any extra days to the college 12 months:
As shared in yesterday’s household and employees letter, the final day of the 2019-20 college 12 months for SPS college students shall be June 19. The governor acknowledged that colleges have to be in session till June 19. The district will even be asking the state for a waiver of educational hours for 2 weeks, the time between the state required college closures and March 30, when steady studying started once more for SPS college students.
Officers have stated they’re at present planning for the subsequent college 12 months to start out on time within the fall — with children again on college campuses.
- Washington Employee Aid Fund: The Seattle Metropolis Council handed a decision Monday requesting the state kind a Washington Employee Aid Fund to supply monetary help to undocumented employees. Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 attributable to socioeconomic elements and plenty of within the communities serving roles as important employees within the state’s workforce.
- Jayapal Paycheck Restoration Act: U.S. Consultant Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) has launched laws to create an financial restoration plan for the COVID-19 disaster that’s designed to subsidize struggling firm payrolls and discourage layoffs. “Mass unemployment is a coverage selection, and we should select in a different way by passing an pressing proposal that matches the dimensions of this disaster whereas delivering certainty and direct aid to employees, companies of all sizes and the financial system,” Jayapal stated. “The Paycheck Restoration Act will finish mass unemployment, put employees again on their paychecks and well being care and maintain companies from closing completely whereas making certain employees aren’t compelled to return to work earlier than it’s protected to take action.” Beneath the $146.1 billion proposal, companies, nonprofits and state and native governments going through COVID-19 associated income losses above “a 10% gross receipts threshold” could be eligible for grants in addition to unbiased contractors, home employees and gig employees. You’ll be able to learn the complete proposal here (PDF).
- UPDATE — Newest totals: King County reported six COVID-19 deaths yesterday persevering with a sample of jumps in reported deaths on Mondays at the same time as day by day totals have continued to slowly drop. Solely 53 new optimistic instances had been reported. Over the weekend, Washington reported its 1,000 COVID-19 loss of life. You’ll be able to view the most recent county totals here and the most recent Washington totals here.
- Counting the times: Seattle residents have now been beneath COVID-19 restrictions for 70 days.
CHS COVID-19 TIMELINE: + Feb. 29 First ‘presumptive positive’ COVID-19 case in King County + Mar. 11 Washington puts ‘over 250’ restrictions in place + Mar. 11 Schools closed + Mar. 15 Restaurants and bars closed, ‘over 50’ threshold + Mar. 21 Police begin clearing parks + Apr. 2 Washington restrictions extended + Apr. 6 Schools closed for rest of year + Apr. 8 Can’t relax those social restrictions yet but, exhale, Seattle — COVID-19 model says you’ve made it through this outbreak’s peak + Apr. 27 Washington eases restrictions on some outdoor activities but you’ll still need to give six feet on the trail + Could 1 Washington extends COVID-19 restrictions through May, readies ‘four phase’ plan for reopening with limits on groups, restaurant capacity, and travel
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