Today’s update includes a link to a video featuring the King County Aquatic Center Mask Distribution Event, information about free COVID-19 testing in Auburn and a new Local Food Finder app to support local farms, and more.
Where did the names Tacoma and Seattle come from?
(Answer is at the bottom).
King County Aquatic Center Mask Distribution Event
King County’s drive-through mask distribution event at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on July 21st was a huge success. We successfully distributed nearly 13,000 individual masks to King County residents. For more information about resources for small businesses, community and faith-based organizations, child care providers, individual residents and upcoming mask distribution events in King County, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/maskdistribution.
With a community member getting masks for her family.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Auburn
Beginning today, August 4th, Public Health – Seattle & King County and UW Medicine will provide free walk-up or drive-up COVID-19 mobile testing at the Auburn City Adventist Church (402 29th St. SE, Auburn) every Tuesday from 7a.m. – 1 p.m. Language interpretation is available. Please call 206-477-0400 for questions.
For a list of other locations that provide free COVID-19 testing in King County, please click here.
King County Launches New Local Food Finder App to Support Local Farms
King County’s new Local Food Finder interactive map offers a convenient way for residents to get fresh produce, flowers, meat, and more delivered from local farms. Customers may also place an online order for pick up directly at the farm. This initiative aims to support local farms hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted farmers markets and restaurant sales.
Weekly King County Health Update: How to Properly Wear a Face Covering
This is a friendly reminder that face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces, and outdoors when you cannot remain six feet apart. However, you do not need to wear a face covering outside when you are walking or exercising and can stay six feet away from others who do not live with you.
Here are two tips that can be easy to forget:
1. When wearing a face covering, make sure both your nose and mouth are covered at all times. If your face covering doesn’t cover your nose, it is not effective at protecting you and others.
2. Don’t put your face covering under your chin to rest it on your neck. Doing this can contaminate the inner part of the mask and can expose you if you put the face covering back on.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of wearing a face covering, how to make a cloth face covering, or how to access free face covering, please click here.
Puget Sound Regional Council: Regional Aviation Baseline Study
The Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board was provided an update on the Regional Aviation Baseline Study, which highlights three scenarios for meeting the future demand for commercial air travel as well as an analysis of airports in the region. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted air travel, forecasts for the next 30 years anticipate doubling of demand by 2050. Check the presentation here or watch the meeting discussion (begins at 1:32:05).
King County Case Update
Today, Seattle – King County Public Health reported 145 new cases, bringing the total in King County to 15,779. In addition, Public Health reported 1 new death, bringing the total in the county to 657.
Stay In. Stay Healthy. Stay Strong.
Pete von Reichbauer
King County Councilmember
Washington trivia answer:
Tacoma was derived from the word Tahoma, the name given by the Puyallup Tribe to Mt. Rainier, which means “the mountain that was God.”
Seattle was named in honor of Chief Sealth who served as the leader of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes and befriended the settlers who came to the area in 1851. Chief Sealth was born in 1786 and passed away on June 7th, 1866.