The current pandemic is affecting everyone's lives in a wide range of ways, from health to financial security. Please use the following links to stay informed as we move through this together. I hope to continue to use my experience in the legislature to protect our communities and get everyone the resources needed to respond to the pandemic and the pandemic-induced recession.
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helpful news coverage
I have gotten a lot of questions about when and how we get out of this public health crisis. This New York Times article provides a helpful framework. It accurately reflects current discussions on the many briefing calls I participate in with local, state, and national health and government officials
"How do officials know when it’s time to reopen public spaces and start to bring life back to normal?" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/upshot/coronavirus-four-benchmarks-reopening.html
This is a summary of the article:
Hospitals must be able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization, without resorting to crisis standards of care. That means having adequate beds, ventilators and staff.
The authorities must be able to test everyone who has symptoms, and to get reliable results quickly. That would be well more than 750,000 tests a week in the U.S.
Health agencies must be able to monitor confirmed cases, trace contacts of the infected, and have at-risk people go into isolation or quarantine.
There must be a sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days, because it can take that long for symptoms to appear.
Here is another link, this time to an article from The Atlantic covering expert opinions of how this pandemic will play out.
The Washington State Labor Council has great information for workers.
Here is an article about how to work from home effectively from the Wall Street Journal.
Here is an article about how to back up important documents if you are home and need something productive to do, once you are sick of cat videos.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange ahas changed their current special enrollment period for individuals who are uninsured. Use the link above or call Monday- Friday at 1-855-923-4633