Today’s update includes a new data dashboard being administered by Seattle – King County Public Health, a new update on unemployment fraud in our state, a case update, and more.
Social, Health and Economic Impacts Dashboard
Public Health has released a new data dashboard to provide information on the social, health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Key topics include unemployment, housing and food needs, internet access, family violence, depression, and having health insurance. Highlights are visible at a glance on a new data dashboard. Additional information about the new data dashboard is available at Public Health Insider. Brief reports will continue to become available to provide additional context about the data. The first report focuses on unemployment during the first few months of 2020 and includes this helpful infographic.
Sound Transit Reduced Fare Reintroduction
Sound Transit has announced a resumption of fares on light rail and Sounder trains. Effective June 1st, Sound Transit will offer temporarily reduced recovery fares in response to the economic impact of COVID-19. You can read more here.
Happy to join Mayor Jim Ferrell for a “grab ‘n’ go” lunch at Marlene’s. Thanks to Irv Beadle, Kim Henish, and the entire staff who are carrying on Marlene Beadle’s great tradition of service.
State Guidance for Businesses
The Governor’s Office has compiled a comprehensive list of directions for businesses that will continue to be updated as guidance changes. You can learn more by checking the list here.
Unemployment Fraud has Cost State Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
Washington state and the federal government have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in a sweeping fraud scheme, according to Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. You can read more about the fraud in the Puget Sound Business Journal as well as the Seattle Times. If you haven’t already, I would strongly encourage you to follow the steps in this KING 5 article to make sure you aren’t a victim of fraud.
I was proud to participate in the May 2020 virtual auction for Communities in Schools of Federal Way. Development Coordinator Ashley Reilly declared the event a success, raising over $50,000 to benefit students in need in the Federal Way School District.
Memorial Day Weekend
With Monday being Memorial Day, please remember to take time to reflect on those who have served and sacrificed (and their families) for the freedom of our country.
King County Case Update
As of today, Seattle – King County Public Health was reporting 52 new cases, bringing the total in King County to 7,697. In addition, Public Health reported 3 new deaths, bringing the total in the County to 537.
Stay In. Stay Healthy. Stay Strong.
Pete von Reichbauer
King County Councilmember