by Carolyn Bick
Less than a week after Seattle Public Schools closed its schools’ doors to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, working single mom Karen Anthony found her seven-year-old son James on the roof of the house.
“He’s climbed up on my roof twice now. And this happens in five minutes –– quite miraculous, actually,” Anthony said with a small laugh.
Anthony’s two children, James and his brother Elliott, 13, both attend Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and are severely impacted by autism spectrum disorder. They were each diagnosed at age two-and-a-half. When school is in session, the boys require high levels of support in the classroom.
Continue reading Students on the autism spectrum and their parents face extra hurdles in trying to learn from home
by Carolyn Bick
Anne Miller paused, wiping off the dirt from her gardening gloves onto her overalls.
“It’s not my best look,” the South Seattle Climate Action Network co-founding member said with a chuckle and a glance down at her clothes, before layering more cardboard into the open bottoms of one of the five new ground-level garden beds she and her neighbors have been setting up for the last several days.
With the physical and financial help of at least 15 other people, including the neighbor who offered the strip of space in front of his house to create the garden on 33rd Avenue South in South Seattle, Miller has started up a community garden on her block. Like the rest of the nation, Miller’s neighbors and friends have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and she wants to help support those in need, during what’s proving to be a difficult and frightening time for many.
Continue reading Mt. Baker resident sets up community garden to aid those in need
The Seattle Southend SEWers group has assembled dozens of South Seattleites committed to making medical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic
by Andrew Engelson
Like most confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, South Seattle resident Jessica Breznau was looking for a way to lend a hand during the crisis, while also finding an activity to keep her mind off the constant stream of terrible news.
Late last week, while chatting with friends who are nurses in other parts of the country, Breznau heard about volunteer efforts to make medical-grade surgical masks in their homes. Breznau –– full disclosure: she’s a friend and neighbor –– did a little research and found that Providence Medical Center in Seattle had a put out a call for experienced volunteer sewers to make medical masks in their 100 Million Mask Challenge. Continue reading South End Volunteers Sew Medical Masks During Coronavirus Shortage
(This is the second of a two part series. You can read part one on the White Center Quarantine Site here.)
words by Ari Robin McKenna
photography by Chloe Collyer
Last Thursday, while two large excavators dug deep trenches for lengthy sewer pipes at the White Center Quarantine Site, two County employees walked past on 112th, shades on against the midday sun and shoulder bags full of paper. David Daw and Bong StoDomingo retained the appropriate social distance from each other while Chloe Collyer snapped their picture. They’d produced public health information about the upcoming quarantine site, featuring Frequently Asked Questions–one of which has been echoing on this street for weeks: “Why were communities not consulted in advance of siting?” Continue reading White Center Quarantine Site: The Inefficiency of Delayed Outreach
by Carolyn Bick
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a two-week-minimum stay-at-home order for the state. While all gatherings, regardless of size, are banned effective immediately, non-essential businesses have 48 hours to close. Banned gatherings include weddings and funerals.
Continue reading Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Issues Stay-At-Home Order
by Carolyn Bick
Every year, Karen Treiger and her husband gather together with their family from across the world to celebrate Passover. They all unite from as far away as Israel, and spend a little more than a week together, she said, eight days that begin with two huge Passover seders, the name for the holiday’s feasts. It’s usually a joyful, warm affair, filled with quality family time, and opportunities to catch up with one another in person.
But the global outbreak of COVID-19 has changed all that. This year, Passover, which begins April 8, will be a smaller, quieter affair. Familiar faces will be absent. They’ll still hide the afikomen, but it won’t be as much fun, without kids to look for it alongside adults. The couple will not get to see some of their own children and other family members. It’s just not safe. Still, Treiger counts herself lucky, because she has family in the area.
“It won’t just feel like me and my husband sitting at the tables by ourselves, which, I think, for some people, it will be. And that is going to be really hard,” she said.
Continue reading With Passover around the corner, Seward Park’s Orthodox Jews feel the impacts of COVID-19
By Carolyn Bick
South Seattleites who depend on King County Metro and Sound Transit services to get around may have to adjust their schedules starting on Monday, March 23. The two public transportation systems will be scaling back trips and hours, due to a significant drop in ridership, as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Continue reading King County Metro, Sound Transit to cut trips on almost all transit services
by Emerald Staff
Presenting Community-Sourced Tips for Coronavirus Coping
As restrictions on gatherings, social distancing, and fears of contracting the coronavirus have left many navigating school, business, and community hub closures, we’ve compiled a community-inspired list of activities to help the South End cope. We’ll continue adding to this list as we receive more suggestions. Please send them to email@example.com (and include a picture if you can)!
Continue reading Thriving While Confined
by Carolyn Bick
In a normal week, kids who rely on schools for their meals know they’ll receive breakfast and lunch on any given school day. On the weekends, those who need to may take home backpacks of food or ingredients for themselves and their families. Continue reading South End Organizations Step up to Feed Students in Need During COVID-19 Closures