To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has upended all of our lives would be a serious understatement. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has plunged our state into its most serious health crisis since the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, and its most difficult economic crisis since the Great Depression. The disease, which gained its first Washington foothold here in the 45th district, has killed nearly 1000 of our friends, loved ones, and neighbors throughout the state, and sickened 20 times more.
We are nowhere near the end of the threat, but as I write this on May 10, we have begun the careful process of “reopening,” a process involving four measured phases that will, we hope, eventually result in a fully functioning economy and a drastic reduction, if not the complete elimination, of the risk of contracting COVID-19.
In the meantime, legislators are hard at work as we try to minimize the inevitable damage to the state budget and the programs it funds, not to mention the effects of the pandemic on public health. Although my website will be frozen for several months, my district office remains open and I welcome your questions, comments, suggestions, and requests for assistance in your dealings with state agencies.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, I’ve found that this website from the state’s Department of Health is a useful resource.
My best to you, our friends and family. Stay safe. Please wear a mask and wash your hands.