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COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke, City of Seattle, County Partner to Open New Healthy Air Center in SoDo for People Experiencing Homelessness

Tents are pitched illegally on a sidewalk in Seattle in January. The number of people sleeping outside in the city shot up by 20 percent in just the past year.
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by Anthony Derrick on September 11, 2020

SEATTLE (September 11, 2020) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the opening of a new healthy air center in SoDo for people experiencing homelessness during the wildfire smoke this weekend. The SoDo site will open this afternoon and will provide approximately 80 people with healthy air and shelter. Over the last day, new forecasts show shifting wind patterns that are causing some of the dense smoke produced by the wildfires in Oregon and California to move into Western Washington, creating unhealthy to very unhealthy air quality in the Puget Sound Region that is expected to last for the next several days. You can follow updates to impacted City services here.

Traditionally, the region’s smoke and unhealthy air quality response has relied on people minimizing time outdoors and informing people of available facilities that have air filtration. Public Health – Seattle & King County advises that facilities should meet air filtration guidance and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission including social distancing and other health and hygiene measures.

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Seattle: Free Coronavirus Testing: North and in South Seattle

Free Coronavirus Testing

The City of Seattle is now offering free COVID-19 testing. As with all City services, we will not collect or ask immigration status and this test is available to everyone – with or without health insurance. There are two locations for walk-up or drive-thru testing in North Seattle – 12040 Aurora Avenue – and South Seattle at 3820 6th Ave S. An appointment is encouraged and you can schedule ahead online.

The City is continuing to work to make testing accessible in more neighborhoods and you can learn more about testing, testing sites, ADA accommodations, and more via Seattle/King County Public Health.

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How White Backlash Controls American Progress

A group of black marchers protesting school board policies were met by white counter marchers during a double demonstration in Memphis, Aug. 31, 1963. The blacks, estimated at about 600, and some 50 whites marched side-by-side through the busy Main Street shopping district without incident. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)

Backlash dynamics are one of the defining patterns of the country’s history.

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City Allocates Nearly $4 Million in CARES Act Funds to Rental Assistance Programs

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Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the allocation of nearly $4 million in federal CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding to provide rent support. The allocation of funds is the latest in a series of measures by the City aimed at keeping Seattle residents impacted by COVID-19 from losing their housing . The City will provide equitable access to rent assistance resources through community-based organizations with strong connections to diverse communities.

The Mayor has implemented a series of initiatives to help keep families, working, fed and in their homes throughout the pandemic:

Extending the eviction moratorium through June 4, to align with Governor Inslee’s proclamation 20-19.1. This extension impacts residents, small businesses, and non-profits to provide relief for working people;

Deferring utility payments for customers impacted by COVID-19;

Providing 6,250 Seattle families and 1,800 workers with $800 in grocery vouchers; and
Opening emergency child care classrooms to help hundreds of kids of essential workers.
Creating  temporary restaurant loading zones, to facilitate  curbside pickup at restaurants; 
Announcing a  small business relief package  that  included deferred business taxes and  a  $2.5M stabilization fund; 

Creating a new  Arts Recovery Package  to provide immediate financial relief to artists and cultural organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19; 

Providing  rent relief  to tenants of City-owned facilities; 
Partnering with United Way of King County and King County to invest $5 million in rental assistance to help families stay in their homes; and

Launching the  #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz map  to help residents find small businesses open for takeout and delivery in their neighborhood. 

The City has also created a comprehensive resource page for residents and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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CDC – Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. The community can take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

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Seattle police plans hiring campaign amid plan to beef up downtown presence

The Seattle Police Department plans to launch another recruiting campaign in the coming weeks amid a plan to ramp up their downtown presence after a shooting in downtown and several other high profile crimes.

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De Blasio pleads to Trump for help with homeless crisis

Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded with President Trump on Sunday for help with the burgeoning homeless situation wreaking havoc throughout the city.

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Trump slams New York City, California over ‘tremendous’ homeless crisis

“California and New York must do something about their TREMENDOUS Homeless problems,” he wrote.

“If their Governors can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and ‘politely’ ask for help. Would be so easy with competence!”

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If Cops Don’t Die From Incidental Fentanyl Exposure, then…..

If Cops Don’t Die From Incidental Fentanyl Exposure, a Drug Treatment Specialist Warns, They ‘Could Become Addicted to It Instantly’

The latest example is an incident in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, early last Friday morning, when three officers responded to a call about a man who had overdosed. WBRE, the NBC station in Wilkes-Barre, reports that “all three became ill and it could have been much worse.” After the officers “were exposed to the highly addictive and potentially deadly opioid fentanyl,” WBRE says, “one officer nearly overdosed,” while the other two felt unwell. Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale explains the context:

My officer goes to pull him out, the first officer on scene. They hit him with Narcan [a.k.a. naloxone, an opioid antagonist],…Read more HERE