After a Most Difficult COVID-19 Pandemic Year, Cautious Optimism and Gratitude

Dr. Jeff Duchin reflects on the pandemic–marking one year since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in our community. “We have many reasons to be encouraged as a community. Although this has been a dreadful year in many ways, King County and our region has, until this point, weathered this storm relatively well compared to most of the rest of the country.”

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VIDEO: Marking one year of COVID-19 with Executive Constantine and Dr. Duchin

This week marks one year since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in King County and sadly, our community experienced the first COVID-19 death nationwide. During our February 26, 2021 media briefing, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Dr. Jeff Duchin reflected on the anniversary — thanking our entire community for helping us progress towards a healthier tomorrow.

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Commemorating a difficult year for older adults & their caretakers

Over the past year, many of us have encountered milestones we never expected to experience: a first holiday season alone; an entire school semester online; nearly a year without hugging friends or family. This week marks another sad COVID-19 milestone – the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed death from COVID-19 in the U.S., which happened here in King County.

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