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📊 Let’s look at the numbers

A dreamy scene from the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

What Seattle is talking about

Will we or won’t we…? Reopening is the question on everyone’s mind as the calendar inches closer and closer to June 1.

We already know what’s set to open in Phase 2; how we get there is tougher to figure out. State officials say it’s unlikely that all Washington counties will move out of Phase 1 by the end of the month, and it’s still anyone’s guess as to whether King County will end up in the “yes” or “no” column.

But some interesting data has surfaced in the past few days that could prove illuminating:

  • 16: That’s the maximum number of new COVID-19 cases per day that King County would be able to report if we were to meet a threshold of 10 new infections per 100,000 people over a two-week period. The state is using that ratio to identify counties that can apply for a variance to Phase 1, but officials say it’s “not necessarily” going to be the same benchmark the governor uses to lift the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. FWIW, King County is now averaging about 60 new cases per day. (The Seattle Times)
  • The good news is that King County’s weekly caseload is the lowest it’s been since early March — despite widely available testing — and deaths are continuing to drop. Last week, King County reported 15 coronavirus deaths, a decline of 40 percent from the week before. (GeekWire)
  • On the other hand, some COVID-19 deaths might be missing from that data. Post-mortem testing by the King County Medical Examiner has uncovered an additional 58 coronavirus deaths — representing roughly 10 percent of the total number of deaths in our county. (KUOW)

In other news…

Attacks against Asian-Americans are continuing to surface in our community, including three separate incidents in Ballard that police say could be tied to the same person. (The Seattle Times)

What’s Pride without a parade? This Crosscut guest column makes a case for taking this year’s disruptions as an opportunity to rethink the annual celebration. (Crosscut)

Viva Caffe Vita: The local coffee chain is among a fresh batch of restaurants that are now open for takeout and delivery. ☕ (Eater)

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📌 Community bulletin board

💁 Know a high-school senior who’s missing out on prom this year? Local photographers Zoë Burchard and Deepak Saini are offering free 15-minute, social-distanced photo shoots as part of an initiative they’re calling the Senior Prom Portrait Project. Thanks to Katie B. for letting us know! 

💉 Live in West Seattle and want to donate blood? Bloodworks Northwest is hosting two pop-up drives in the neighborhood this week.

🎭 Calling all jugglers and stilt walkers: The Fremont Arts Council wants you to contribute to the virtual Fremont Solstice Parade. All types of performing arts acts are welcome, although it made us chuckle to read that “any nudity will be blurred.” 🙃

Know of something else we should include here? Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “bulletin board” and we’ll add it to a future newsletter.


Things to do


🚀 Blast off to outer space with the Pacific Science Center (Online)

🗣️ Join a conversation about anti-Blackness in communities of color (Online)

🍔 Show off your Bob's Burgers knowledge at this trivia night (Online)


🏠 Learn how COVID-19 has affected Seattle's homeless community (Online)


🎓 Engage local experts on climate justice addressing critical issues in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. RSVP today (Sponsor)


🎬 Tune in to the Stranger's first-ever Confinement Film Festival (Online)


🎷 Take a musical staycation with the Royal Room (Online)

🌲 Find adventure through this virtual theater + trails event (Online)

😋 Join chef Matt Lewis for a DIY crawfish boil (Online)

One more thing...

A quick correction: Yesterday we told you about a Garfield High School teacher who’s on “Jeopardy!” this week, and we mistakenly referred to her by her son’s name, Sam. The teacher’s name is Lauren Schneider Lipton. Thanks to Kaeli G. for the heads up!

Enjoy the sunshine. We’ll see you back here tomorrow. 🌞

—The Evergrey

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