March 26, 2020
by Emerald Staff
With myriad sources relaying the latest happenings, the pandemic is a whirlwind event for folx to keep up with — while simultaneously staying healthy. That’s why we created this living guide, to provide a trusted aggregate resource for South Seattle.
5/19/20 — SEA/KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Tickets or Passes, Please! Sound Transit Will Resume Fares and Enforcement …
Today’s Featured Story:
“I want them all to be here when we emerge from this” — South Seattleites Raise Funds for Local Businesses
by Elizabeth Turnbull
“Rainier Valley community members raised more than $5,000 last week, which they distributed to six local businesses and one community project to show solidarity with local businesses suffering due to restrictions caused by the novel coronavirus. … ” Read more >
Life on the Margins S1:E3 — Tues., 5/19, 1 p.m.
Technology in Education Lunch & Learn — Wed., 5/20, 12–1:30 p.m.
Forgiveness Rules for the PPP, Presented by Communities Rise (Nonprofit Assistance Center/NAC & Wayfind) — Thurs., 5/21, 12–1:30 p.m.
Fighting Anti-Asian Racism During COVID Crisis and Beyond — Thurs., 5/21, 7 p.m.
Mayor Durkan’s Southeast Seattle Community Needs Virtual Town Hall — Thurs., 5/21, 4:30–6:15 p.m.
Arts of Resistance & Connection (Charles Frederick Talk) — Sun., 5/24, 1 p.m.
Dismantling Racism Series: Contested Boundaries — Wed., 5/27, 6 p.m. (RSVP via email link)
Black Like Us: Virtual Book Club — Thurs., 5/28, 6–7:30 p.m.
Reading Through It Book Club – Pleasure Activism — Wed., 6/3, 7–8 p.m.
Seattle Public Library Virtual Story Times & more — See Facebook for days/times (ongoing)
Ark Lodge Virtual Cinema — Showtimes vary
The Royal Room’s Virtual Performances — Subscribe on YouTube
Rainier Ave Radio Programming — See website for schedule
Third Place Books Virtual Book Clubs (& more!) — Days/times vary
Seattle Public Library Virtual Events — See Facebook for days/times
Seattle Public Library Virtual Events for Ages 50+ — See SPL site for days/times
Find resources for businesses, workers, families, and individuals under “Community Resources.”
- Sea-King County — Public Health
- City of Seattle’s COVID-19 Resource Page
- Washington State’s Coronavirus Response page
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
Experts note that there is a correct and incorrect way to use a mask to effectively mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Some people merely cover their mouths with a mask but masks are not effective this way. The mask must be worn to cover both the nose and the mouth.
Resources for businesses, workers, families, and individuals:
Plus — check out our article full of community tips to keep you “Thriving While Confined.”
And unbanked, underbanked, immigrant, and low-income residents and small business people might find this resource helpful — from a local credit union that has unique services — Seattle Credit Union’s What You Need When You Need It podcast.
Here’s a recent COVID-19 FAQ from UW Medicine (Drs. Keith Jerome and Helen Chu provide the expertise):
Q: Is it beneficial for the general population to wear cloth masks when out and about?
A: According to Dr. Chu, masking protects people from transmitting COVID-19, even before they’re aware that they are sick. Perhaps more importantly, she says, when everyone wears a mask, it reduces the stigma that might prevent people who are sick from wearing them.
Q: Will antibody testing be useful and available before a vaccine?
A: Antibody testing, also known as serologic testing, is available now from UW Medicine’s Virology Lab. The test, which must be ordered by a healthcare provider, can detect with a very high degree of certainty if a person has been infected with COVID-19 in the past. Broadly expanding antibody testing is needed, according to Dr. Jerome, to get a comprehensive view of what’s really going on and ensure policy decisions are based on the best data — especially given that a vaccine probably won’t be available for some time.
Q: If my antibody test is positive, does that mean I’m immune?
A: Drs. Jerome and Chu say we don’t yet know if you can get the virus again after you’ve had it. Research continues here at UW Medicine, and Dr. Jerome hopes in the next few months we might have a better idea of immunity and COVID-19.
Q: How close are we to having herd immunity?
A: According to Drs. Chu and Jerome, their early research has indicated that about 2% of the population has been exposed to COVID-19 so far. With over 90% of the population not yet having been exposed, we’re still a long way from herd immunity — and that’s why it’s so important to continue prioritizing research and testing.
ACRS: 30th-Annual Walk for Rice Goes Virtual
Usually held at Seward Park and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the only local food bank that emphasizes Asian food ingredients, the ACRS 30th-Annual Walk for Rice event this year is going virtual! Create a virtual Walk for Rice team today.
Rainier Valley Food Bank
To support vulnerable food bank users during this COVID-19 pandemic, RVFB is making home deliveries. If you are interested in becoming a driver, email them: email@example.com.
Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) seeks volunteers with the following roles / skill sets:
– Hotline Volunteer
– Graphic Design Volunteer
– Event Logistics Volunteer
– Language Access Volunteer
– Grant Writing Volunteer
– Technology for Social Justice Volunteer
– Volunteer Coordinator
Sign up here.
Amara: Want to become a Foster Parent?
While Amara is focused on current children and youth and their foster families, there will always be a need for new foster parents. To learn the process and become ready to foster parent in the future visit Amara online.
5/14/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Food Lifeline to Distribute Free Food Boxes in South Seattle Friday; Washington State Potato Commission to Distribute Free Potatoes Thursday … Read details about these updates >
5/14/20 — STORIES:
5/13/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
QFC and Fred Meyer Announce Partnership with the City of Seattle and the Seattle Mariners for FREE COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing; King County Council Approves $60M for Continued COVID-19 Response … Read details about these updates >
5/13/20 — STORIES:
5/12/20 — STORIES:
5/11/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
City Allocates Nearly $4M in CARES Act Funds to Rental Assistance Programs … Read details about these updates >
5/11/20 — STORIES:
5/8/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
5/8/20 — STORIES:
5/7/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
City’s Stay Healthy Streets Will Become Permanent; Major Seattle Parks to Begin Closing at 8 p.m. … Read details about these updates >
5/7/20 — STORIES:
5/6/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
King County Parks and Trails to Re-open May 8 … Read details about these updates >
5/6/20 — STORIES:
5/5/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Gov. Jay Inslee Announces Creation of Three Recovery-Focused Advisory Teams; Durkan Extends Moratoriums on Residential, Nonprofit, and Small Business Evictions Until June 4 … Read details about these updates >
5/5/20 — STORIES:
5/4/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Durkan Issues Executive Order to Extend City Closure Policies to Align With New ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order … Read details about these updates >
5/4/20 — STORIES:
5/1/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
New Analysis Shows Pronounced Racial Inequities Among COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths … Read details about these updates >
5/1/20 — STORIES:
4/30/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
King Co. Council Vice Chair Dunn Asks for Report on Effectiveness of King County COVID-19 Response … Read details about these updates >
4/30/20 — STORIES:
4/29/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Rainier Valley Development Fund Partners with JPMorgan to Provide Financial Relief to Small Businesses in the South End … Read details about these updates >
4/29/20 — STORIES:
4/28/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Seattle Launches Mobile Assessment Teams to Test City’s Most Vulnerable to COVID-19; Seattle Launches #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz Map With Regional Partner Cities … Read details about these updates >
4/28/20 — STORIES:
4/27/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
State Lifts Restrictions on Some Outdoor Recreational Activities; Dunn Proposes King County Hiring Freeze; Dunn Proposes King County Hiring Freeze … Read details about these updates >
4/27/20 — STORIES:
4/24/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
State to Allow Some Construction Projects to Restart; Rainier Beach Neighborcare Providing COVID-19 Testing … Read details about these updates >
4/24/20 — STORIES:
4/23/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Durkan Kicks Off Virtual Town Hall Series … Read details about these updates >
4/23/20 — STORIES:
4/22/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
King County Unveils Remote Protection Order Filing in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic … Read details about these updates >
4/22/20 — STORIES:
4/21/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Two Formerly Incarcerated People Test Positive for COVID-19, the First Confirmed Cases at King County Correctional Facilities; Democrats and Republicans Appear to Reach Deal on $500 Billion Aid Package; Washington Unemployment Site Remains Overwhelmed, Officials Say “Keep Trying” … Read details about these updates >
4/21/20 — STORIES:
4/20/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
SPS to Give Students Either an “A” or “Incomplete”; Record Number of Washingtonians Apply For Unemployment Benefits; Trump to Suspend Immigration … Read details about these updates >
4/20/20 — STORIES:
4/17/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Early Data Estimates Almost 3 Percent Climb in State’s Uninsured Rate; South Seattle Safeway Employee Dies from COVID-19 … Read details about these updates >
4/17/20 — STORIES:
4/16/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
King County Metro Further Reducing Service; Executive Pacific Hotel Opening 100 Rooms for Health Care Workers; Pride Events Shifting to Virtual Forums … Read details about these updates >
4/16/20 — STORIES:
4/15/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Early Models Suggest Social Distancing Working, but Washington is Nowhere Close to Getting Back to Normal; 80 Million Americans Receive Stimulus Payments; 50 New Tiny Houses Open to Shelter People Vulnerable to Covid-19; Washington Lost An Estimated 11,100 Jobs in March … Read details about these updates >
4/15/20 — STORIES:
4/14/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
City of Seattle Expands Grocery Voucher Program … Read details about these updates >
4/14/20 — STORIES:
4/13/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
City Has Now Opened 28 Classrooms of Emergency Child Care; Third Place Books Launches Books to Students Fund; City Announces First 250 Grantees of Small Business Stabilization Fund … Read details about these updates >
4/13/20 — STORIES:
4/10/20 — STORIES:
4/9/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Durkan Closes 15 Largest Parks and Beaches and Urges People to Stay Home; City of Seattle Seeking Continued Donations of PPE Supplies to First Responders and Frontline Workers … Read details about these updates >
4/9/20 — STORIES:
4/8/20 — STORIES:
4/7/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Inslee Delivers Update on State Economic Efforts, Rolls Out Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program; Inslee launches Washington Food Fund to Support Statewide Food Banks; Durkan Announces Two Day Temporary Suspension of Public Works Construction for Health and Safety Training … Read details about these updates >
4/7/20 — STORIES:
4/6/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Washington Schools Will Remain Closed Through June; Durkan Issues Executive Order to Align City Policies with Extended ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order; New Fund Gives Immediate Support to Restaurant Workers … Read details about these updates >
4/6/20 — STORIES:
4/5/20 — STORIES:
4/4/20 — STORIES:
4/3/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Seattle Temporarily Eliminates Paid Parking; Sound Transit Further Reducing Link Light Rail Service; Expanded Resources for Childcare; IRS to Begin Sending Stimulus Checks on April 9; Durkan Announces Emergency Legislation to Keep Housing Projects Moving Forward … Read details about these updates >
4/3/20 — STORIES:
4/2/20 — STORIES:
4/1/20 — STORIES:
3/31/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Council member Tammy Morales Hosting Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Crisis; King Council Approves $2.2M for Emergency Childcare for First Responders and Other Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis; New Modeling Reports Suggest Positive Impact of Social Distancing Measures on COVID-19 Epidemic, but More Progress Needed; Seattle Has New #SupportSmallBiz Map … Read details about these updates >
3/31/20 — STORIES:
3/30/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling For Immediate Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Rent, Mortgage Payments; King County Extending First-Half Property Due Date to June 1 … Read details about these updates >
3/30/20 — STORIES:
3/29/20 — STORIES:
3/27/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Mayor Durkan To Issue Emergency Order to Fund Childcare for First Responders and Essential Workers; House Passes Emergency Relief Bill; City of Seattle Expands Resources for Those Experiencing Homelessness … Read details about these updates >
3/27/20 — STORIES:
3/26/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Army Corps of Engineers Chief Says Areas of CenturyLink Field Could be Retrofitted for Medical Usage; Seattle Comes Together to Celebrate People on the Front Lines in #MakeAJoyfulNoise;Record Number of Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus; Senate Passes $2 trillion Emergency Relief Bill, Awaits House Vote Friday … Read details about these updates >
3/26/20 — STORIES:
3/25/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
All King County Parks Are Closed; Essential Businesses Hiring During the Coronavirus Crisis in Washington; Senate to vote Wednesday on $2 trillion Coronavirus Bill … Read details about these updates >
3/25/20 — STORIES:
3/24/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Guidance for Child Care & Early Learning Programs That Are Part of the “Essential workforce”; Trump Wants “Country Opened by Easter”; Seattle Urges Residents and Businesses to Continue to Visit Community Resource Page; UW Researchers to Study Resilience, Well-being Among King County Residents During Pandemic … Read details about these updates >
3/24/20 — STORIES:
3/23/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Inslee Issues Stay-at-Home Order … Read details about these updates >
3/23/20 — STORIES:
3/22/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
President Trump orders National Guard to Washington State; Seattle Public Schools TV to Begin Monday; Downtown Link Light Rail Tunnel Construction Concludes … Read details about these updates >
3/22/20 — STORIES:
3/21/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Everett Mayor Tells Residents to Stay Home; King County Joins with Harborview Medical Center to Open COVID-19 Recovery Site for Unhoused Population; Seattle Temporarily Suspending Enforcement of 72-Hour Parking Violations, Booting and Towing … Read details about these updates >
3/21/20 — STORIES:
3/20/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Inslee Decides Against Shelter in Place; King County and City of Seattle Close Playgrounds and Sports Courts, Parks and Trails Users Directed to Follow Social Distancing Guidelines; King County’s Online “Marketplace” Connects Donors With People and Organizations in Need; King County Metro to Discontinue Fare Collections Beginning Saturday; City of Seattle to Provide Immediate Rent Relief for Nonprofit and Small Business Tenants … Read details about these updates >
3/20/20 — STORIES:
3/19/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
No Shelter in Place Announcement From Inslee, Yet; Metro announces temporary service reductions starting Monday; Council Passes Emergency Legislation to Help Small Businesses, Provide Utilities Relief; Sound Transit to Temporarily Reduce Service on Link light rail, Sounder Trains, Some ST Express Routes; Seattle Designates COVID-19 Testing Site for First Responders, Conducted by First Responders; UW Advising Against Cherry Blossoms Visits Amid COVID-19 Outbreak; After Spike in Hiker Related Calls, King County Sheriff’s Office Issues Safe Practices; Trump: FDA Will Fast Track Anti-Viral Treatments for Coronavirus Patients; Hospital Workers Produce DIY Masks as Medical Supplies Dwindle … Read details about these updates >
3/19/20 — STORIES:
3/18/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Inslee Announces Relief for Businesses, Workers, Renters and More in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak; Trump Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill Providing Paid Leave to Small Fraction of U.S. Workers; Washington Safeways and Albertsons Will Reserve Time for “At-Risk” Shoppers; Durkan Signs Emergency Order to Temporarily Halt Evictions of Small Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations, Announces $1 Million Expansion of Small Business Stabilization Fund; White House Coronavirus Plan Could Send $2K to Many Americans; US and Canada Closing Border to Nonessential Travel; Washington Adopts New Guidelines for Unemployment Benefits … Read details about these updates >
3/18/20 — STORIES:
3/17/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Durkan Announces Initial $1.1 Million Arts Recovery Package to Support Creative Workers and Arts and Cultural Organizations Impacted by COVID-19; King County Sheriff’s Office Will Not Execute Court Ordered Evictions; Amazon donates $50,000 in supplies for Kent facility in response to COVID-19; Trump Administration Looking Into Giving Cash to Americans … Read details about these updates >
3/17/20 — STORIES:
3/16/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Gov. Jay Inslee Announces Temporary Shutdown of Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, and Clubs; Durkan Announcement: City Will Provide $5M in Grocery Vouchers to Families in Need; UW Medicine Rolls Out Soft Launch for Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing; King Co. Sheriff Announces Additional Measures to Increase Social Distancing for Public-Facing Services; They latest reports from Washington State Department of Health Confirms 904 Cases of Coronavirus in WA—48 Deaths Among Them … Read details about these updates >
3/16/20 — STORIES:
3/15/20 — STORIES:
3/14/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Mayor Jenny Durkan Signs Emergency Order to Place Temporary Moratorium on Residential Evictions; Columbia City Gallery Temporarily Closed; How to Hold Events With Fewer Than 250 People … Read details about these updates >
3/14/20 — STORIES:
3/13/20 — STORIES:
3/12/20 — SEA./KING CO. COVID-19 UPDATES:
Seattle Public Libraries to Close Temporarily; Gov. Jay Inslee Ordered K-12 Schools in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties Closed Through Late April; Events Capped at 250 attendees Says King County Health Officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin; Seattle Public Schools Announce District-wide Closure Beginning March 12; The Latest Health & Safety Guidelines From Seattle-King County Public Health … Read details about these updates >
3/12/20 — STORIES:
3/10/20 — STORIES:
3/6/20 — STORIES:
Editor’s note: Some articles below have been reprinted with permission.
March 26, 2020
Support Black-led, community-based media!
Help us amplify those voices by becoming a Rainmaker today. Your support will help provide fair pay for our journalists and enable them to continue writing the important stories that offer relevant news, information, and analysis.
by Emerald Staff Long lines formed early Saturday afternoon for Elizabeth Warren’s evening appearance at the Seattle Center. The ethnic and age diverse crowd filled the Center’s Armory to capacity – including a significant number of dads and young daughters. Hundreds of additional supporters were redirected to the closed circuit screens in Fisher Pavilion; those…
by Chetanya Robinson The 2020 legislative session in Olympia is a short 60 days, but advocates for immigrant rights and equity in South Seattle are pushing for a number of bills and budget requests to help defend immigrants in court, regulate facial recognition technology, improve redistricting and the census, address noise pollution, and build neighborhood…
by Chetanya Robinson Every day, hundreds of commuters pass the Beacon Food Forest on their way to I-5 with no idea they are passing possibly one of the largest food forest projects on public land in the United States. This seven acre plot, is a trail-blazer for such urban permaculture projects around the world. The…
Announcing Run for State Legislature, Kirsten Harris-Talley Promises Public Policy Mirroring Community Needs
by Emerald Staff Kirsten Harris-Tally says her decision to run for the state legislature came down to one thing: It’s where she felt she could make the biggest impact for the community she’s called home for the past 15 years. On Thursday, the Hillman City resident announced her run for state representative of Washington’s 37th…
The Congolese Integration Network helps Congolese immigrants find community as they settle in the Seattle area. by Shadrak Musafiri “I want to help, I know it’s challenging when you’re a new immigrant that comes to America, it’s really challenging to integrate into the American society,” said Managing Director Franciose Milinganyo, as she opened up about…