A South End Guide to Thriving in the Pandemic

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.


6/4/20 — COVID-19 NEWS:

Gov. Inslee Encourages Those Experiencing Even Mild Symptoms of COVID-19 to Get Tested & City of Seattle and UW Partner to Launch Two Free Testing Sites

Featured Story:

Safety Not Stigma: A Pandemic Portrait Campaign to Fight Racism

Kert Lin, Chinese Korean American activist, and public school teacher. (Photo: Sharon H. Chang)
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Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Calling for Statewide General Strike

by Emerald Staff


On Saturday, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC) called for a statewide strike, march and day of action in support of the Black community on June 12.

The social justice organization will host its own march and rally in Seattle on that date. Continue reading Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Calling for Statewide General Strike

The Royal Room Staycation Festival Brings Live, Local Music To Your Home

by Mark Van Streefkerk


Columbia City’s live music venue The Royal Room remains closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, but you can still get your fix of live music through their Staycation online festival. Every Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., The Royal Room will host live sets and curated recorded performances, all amplifying South Seattle musicians. Seeing music in-person might still be out of the question for a while, but for now, livestream will have to do. Continue reading The Royal Room Staycation Festival Brings Live, Local Music To Your Home

SPD Chief Best Addresses Reports of Officers Removing Badges, Suspends Use of Tear Gas for All But SPD SWAT Team

by Carolyn Bick


In a press conference addressing an update to crowd control tactics, particularly the use of tear gas, both Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best said in a response to a question from the Emerald about on-the-ground reports of officers removing badges on the evening of June 4 that they had not heard of this happening.

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Seattle CPC, OPA, OIG Release Recommendation that SPD Cease Use of Tear Gas, Due to Novel Coronavirus Concerns

by Carolyn Bick


The Seattle Community Police Commission, Office of Police Accountability, and Office of Inspector General have released a joint recommendation that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) stop using tear gas, due to the extra dangers it poses in light of the current novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Black Lives Matter Seattle/ King County, Local Social Justice Organizations, Meet With Murray, Inslee 

by Emerald Staff

(Updated 6/6/20 at 6:59 pm)


Black Lives Matter Seattle/ King County (BLMSKC), and others with firsthand knowledge of the situation have informed the Emerald that the social justice nonprofit – along with representatives from Not This Time, and the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle – has had tele-meetings with both Washington State Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee over the past 48 hours to present a list of demands. Continue reading Black Lives Matter Seattle/ King County, Local Social Justice Organizations, Meet With Murray, Inslee 

Seattle/King County COVID-19 Updates: King County to Immediately Allow Limited Openings of Businesses, Maintain Public Health Vigilance

curated by Emerald Staff


6/5/20

A plan drafted by King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and King County Board of Health Chair Joe McDermott and approved today by state Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman immediately allows limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses, recreation, and personal activities in King County.

Businesses are required to follow the state Department of Health’s specific guidance but must adjust their occupancy to the levels identified below. The State defines an establishment’s capacity as the fire code. The intent is to limit business operations to a level that allows for social distancing. Additionally, businesses in retail, professional services, and real estate must take steps to reduce indoor operations to thirty minutes. This is not meant to be timed to the second – no one is expected to have a stopwatch – but customers should be informed why it is important to limit close interactions.

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City of Seattle and UW Medicine Partner to Launch Two Free Testing Sites

by Carolyn Bick


The City of Seattle and the UW Medicine have launched two free novel coronavirus testing sites in Seattle, one of which is located in South Seattle’s SODO area.

In a press conference with several health professionals and Seattle Fire Department (SFD) personnel, Mayor Jenny Durkan and UW President Ana Maria Cauce announced the launch of the North Seattle and South Seattle testing sites, which open Friday, June 5. The South Seattle site will be located at 3820 6th Ave. S. Both sites will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Gov. Inslee Encourages Those Experiencing Even Mild Symptoms of COVID-19 to Get Tested

by Carolyn Bick


Washington State will be expanding its novel coronavirus testing strategy, Gov. Jay Inslee announced in a June 4 press conference.

Joined by state Health Secretary John Wiesman, Inslee said that the number of available test kits has increased substantially, and that in an effort to keep ahead of the novel coronavirus and associated disease, COVID-19, the state is encouraging everyone who has even mild symptoms or suspected contact with an infected person get tested. Inslee said that this is particularly important, as people head back to workplaces and other congregate settings.

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Youth Protesters Demand Defunding of the Seattle Police Department

by Ronnie Estoque


Ronnie Estoque is a freelance journalist currently working with the International Examiner and the South Seattle Emerald. He is driven to uplift marginalized voices in the South Seattle community through his writing, photography, and videography. You can keep up with his work by following his Twitter account @RonnieEstoque

On Sixth Day of Citizen Unrest, Mayor Briefly Addresses Protesters Outside City Hall

by Erica C. Barnett


Seattle’s protests against police brutality, which began after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, continued into a sixth night on Wednesday as crowds moved throughout the day from City Hall in downtown Seattle to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct on Capitol Hill. And while it might seem as though little had changed since the night before, when police officers released tear gas and unloaded pepper spray, rubber bullets, and flash grenades on a crowd of hundreds of peaceful protesters, several things were materially different.

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