Are we in a fourth wave? Are the variants storm clouds on the horizon? The latest from our Health Officer on COVID-19 in King County

It can be hard to understand where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic recently. On one hand, it’s great that many people are getting vaccinated in our community. That’s bringing so much hope and relief as it helps reduce infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
On the other hand, not everyone is vaccinated yet, and we are hearing about increases in cases and increases in new coronavirus “variants” that are more contagious.

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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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