Happy New Year, Everett!
So far this has not been the start to the new year that I hoped for. What happened in our nation’s capital this week was devastating, and shows we have much work to do to bring our country together. Still, I am beginning 2021 with cautious optimism that this will be a better year. With vaccines now available and their phased implementation underway in our community, I am hopeful this new tool will help slow the spread of this deadly disease. The rate of new infection in Everett is very concerning, and I mourn all the lives we’ve lost. I am ready to turn the corner on COVID-19 and see our community healthy and thriving again. The vaccine is not a silver bullet though, so it remains very important for us all to continue following public health guidelines. The Center for Disease Control estimates that around 60 percent of all infections now are being transmitted by people who don’t show any symptoms. So even if you feel perfectly fine, please mask up and avoid gatherings. We can do this together. To learn about the vaccine and when you will be eligible, the state Department of Health has a helpful online list of frequently asked questions, as does the Snohomish Health District.
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