Now hearing from @chrisreykdal from @waOSPI
Calls masking and vaccination the best ways to keep schools open.
"To educators all over the state, thank you for the work you're doing to keep kids safe. I need you to step up again," and get vaccinated.
Inslee says "in a sense, this is a new virus," referring to the delta variant. "There's a new game in town. Hospitals are swamped. Our workers in healthcare are exhausted. They've been doing heroic work for months and months."
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces COVID-19 vaccination requirements for workers at schools, colleges and universities. Inslee’s office says mandate will apply to WSU football coach Nick Rolovich, who has declined vaccine so far. #wsu
This 5th wave of COVID has surged to the 2nd highest wave we’ve seen since the COVID pandemic began. There were nearly 1,700 new confirmed cases reported last week. It takes all of us to turn this around. Vax up, mask up, wash your hands and keep your social circle small.
Washington State Medical Association President, Dr. Nathan Schlicher, reacts to Gov. Inslee’s announcement — says the governor “took a strong and necessary step” toward protecting Washingtonians and reducing spread and severity of the virus.
.@MayorJenny says Seattle has not seen a COVID-related death since July 11th, citing high percentage of vaccinations in the city. During the winter surge, she says there were an average of two deaths each day. City staff will also be req'd to get vaxxed by same date #KOMONews
"This is a disease of the unvaccinated." @GovInslee calls out 30% of people who have chosen not to vaccinate.
Says it's understandable to be hesitant about a new vaccine, but says now we have proof the vaccines work and are safe.
BREAKING: COVID19 vaccines will be mandatory for all state and private health care/long term care employees in WA. Testing is not an option to avoid being vaccinated. State employees have until Oct 18 to get their second shot or be fired.
Lauren was able to have her Wish granted during the pandemic, but @MakeAWishAKWA has a backlog of about 600 kids who are still waiting.
See the difference it made for Lauren and how you can help put #WishesInFlight on #KOMONews
#BREAKING: The homeless man accused of trying to rape a woman in a King County Court bathroom was just charged.
Attempted rape in the second degree. Clint Jory will now be arraigned on Aug.12. Being held on $750k bail. Details 4pm,6pm @komonews
Tammy is asking if the man lived in the City Park homeless encampment, already the site of a murder. She's also reaching out to city and county leaders to see what they will do to keep something like this from happening again.
Save the date! On Aug 5, one of my favorite events of the year returns. We'll be collecting unused airline miles for @MakeAWishAKWA to grant wishes. When travel fully opens, there will be a backlog of children hoping to board a plane!