Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Because of election year restrictions, this is the last e-newsletter you will receive from me until November. During that time, I will also be unable to update my website.
Before those restrictions take effect, I wanted to update you about some important issues currently facing Washingtonians.
Most of you will have heard that Governor Jay Inslee has announces a plan for re-opening Washington state. I stand behind the governor and his plans. For the sake of our health and our economy, we must take a phased-in, measured approach to re-opening the various parts of our economy. I’ve included more information about the plans below.
As a reminder, you can still take the 2020 Census. The census is essential to ensuring that our communities receive adequate funding for the coming decade, and for ensuring appropriate government representation. You can take the census or learn more at 2020census.gov.
In the coming months, please take care of yourselves, your families and your neighbors. I know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, but I know that if we work together, we can get through this.
Safe Start Washington
In an effort to keep Washingtonians safe, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order will remain in place through May 31. He also announced a phased in, data-driven approach to re-opening the state. We are currently in Phase One of this plan.
All reopening activities depend on our success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and meeting four goals: health care system readiness, testing capacity, ability to perform contact tracing, and ability to protect high-risk populations.
Every phase will still require physical distancing and appropriate health precautions. During all phases, individuals should continue to practice social distancing, wear a face mask in public, and wash hands frequently.
There will be a minimum of three weeks between each phase in order to allow one complete disease incubation period and an additional week to compile data and confirm trends. The governor and public health officials will look at numerous data sources to determine when we can move to the next phase safely. You can check out their data dashboard here and learn more about the plan here.