Here’s to a joyful — and safe — July Fourth!

The fireworks have been cancelled. There will be no parades. It would be easy to feel nothing but blue on this tricolor holiday. But don’t let the pandemic ruin your Fourth of July. There are still plenty of ways to celebrate — without putting your friends, family or neighbors at risk of getting COVID-19.

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Buckle up for Phase 2

Since March, we in King County have slowed the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and keeping our distance. But did you know we’ve also prevented hundreds of traffic crashes by staying off the roads? Traffic crashes were 37% lower in March and more than 60% lower in April and May than the same time last year, which we’re all glad to see. With King County now in Phase 2 and more vehicles on our roads, we can work together to keep our streets safe. Here’s how:

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Sharp increases in COVID-19 driven by cases among younger adults

Two weeks of sharp increases in COVID-19 cases in King County points to a concerning sign that our community is moving in the wrong direction to contain the virus. Most of the increase is among younger people. Over half of all new cases are among people aged 20-39.

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Increasing cases of COVID-19 in King County highlight the need to limit close contact

Public Health—Seattle & King County continues to monitor cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 and has noted an increase in cases over the past two weeks. Public Health expects to see some increase in cases as we get back to work and other activities in the community because there are more opportunities for COVID-19 to spread.

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