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Seattle's UW Medicine faces vaccine shortage, stops scheduling first dose appointments
"New Covert related deaths have been reported across Washington and now is call most Brian Calvert reports. Ah major vaccine provider is Forced to hit Pause. The city of Seattle is getting excited about its first major vaccination sided Blumenfield. Fire chief Harold Scoggins hopes it will build on the momentum of the thousands of vaccines they administered this past weekend taking those doses. Two people that's really important for us. That's not done without partnerships with University of Washington except that partner has now run dry. A shortage of doses has forced the University of Washington and the vaccine sites It works with to temporarily suspend appointments for first doses. This will not impact those with a previously scheduled second appointment. Shortage may be a sign of a larger distribution problem that state health officials already seemed to be addressing. For example, after Clark County complained it was discovered they were getting far fewer vaccines, and now their supply has tripled. What come county Also previously underserved is now getting more vaccine in coming days. Ryan
Proud Boys reportedly nominated Seattle-area man to hold 'war powers' and lead Washington, DC attack
"Tonight. Federal prosecutors say the self proclaimed leader of the Proud Boys Seattle chapter was nominated to lead the proud boys. The date of the deadly seizure of the U. S. Capitol. Ethan Nordine was arrested and charged last month. Court documents obtained by CNN say he was given quote war powers, and he led the group with encrypted communications equipment. Prosecutors say he laid out a plan for the group to split up and attempt to break into the capital from his many points as possible. The documents were filed before Nordine appears in court
Seattle area's Northshore School District releases plan to return some students to in-person learning
"Will be shipping out. It was one of the first school district in the state to proactively moved to online learning when the pandemic started. Fast forward a year and students in North Shore still learning remotely, even his neighboring district there slowly bringing students back Carlos Cara Kostin. Its reports on what some parents are calling for North Shore announce on Friday that they will be bringing back K through third grade one day a week starting at the end of the month. For many families, they want more time in the classroom for their kids way check back in with the North Shore family that we profiled almost a year ago when that online learning got underway. A year later. The council family, like many others say they are struggling as two working parents trying to manage jobs that remote learning. It's been endless and overwhelming. Mom Jenny says. The isolation is also taking a toll on her girl, seven and 11 years old, and she's concerned about their mental health. The council's look at other district's returning to class and are calling on North Shore. You do the same thing for all students. We need to do it. We need to get them back. We need to get our lives back to normal. We need toe alleviate some of that stress and anxiety that they're having, because it's happening. It's here and it appears North Shore will be bringing more kids back in April, but the specifics are not clear. Cara
Seattle to open more permanent COVID-19 vaccination sites in Rainier Beach, West Seattle, Lumen Field Event Center
"Been reporting how seattle is turning some of its testing sites into permanent vaccination sites starting today the rainier beach side is prepared to give about two thousand shots a week and so is second location in west seattle. Kyw's josh amac nickeled visited the rainier beach vaccination clinic today joshua high and describe this vaccination site for us well like every other side. It's open to people who are eligible. Mostly that means seniors over sixty five but there are a few other categories to like home health workers anyway. Everyone who shows up here has an appointment and they walk up and they check in at a table and then when it's their turn they passed. They passed through one of several shipping containers on a train or on the back of a truck and inside there is an administrator in a little booth. And there's someone from the fire department and that person gives you your shot and then you walk out the back of the shipping container into an outdoor area and then you hang out under a tent for like fifteen minutes with a view of the lake all right well. Did you get to speak to anyone there. Yeah i spoke to a lot of seniors there in the recovery tent. And they told me before today trying to get a vaccination appointment was a real chore. Roberta bird right said she couldn't sleep. She wanted an appointment so badly. Given times i wake up you know in the morning. Three o'clock two o'clock in during the throughout the day. And then of course the site that we look. It's like places. Like well up in tacoma and you know really far out. And i'm not going to those places so i just kept looking and looking so now opened up so she also got on wait lists at pharmacies and they told her they'd call but they never did and then she heard from a friend that the southeast seattle senior center was helping seniors make appointments and so she called. They called me back right away like within a few days and schedule being. I'm here bird right. Told me that she had concerns about the safety of the vaccine so it was reassuring for her to go through a community group. Yeah that's good news that roberta got her shot. And just you know. We've been hearing stories about grandkids helping their grandparents schedule. An appointment you know for a variety of reasons you know. Maybe the grandparents don't have a smartphone or computer or maybe like roberta's case the the grandparents are trying to just striking out but in this case it sounds like the senior center is stepping in. Yes and that is the strategy here. They're still far more demand for vaccines than there is supply and so these new vaccination sites are favoring referrals they're working closely with community groups and those groups are doing the outreach. Linda green runs the southeast seattle senior center. That's the group that helped this person earlier. Find their appointment and she says she got her staff spending all their time. Basically going after vaccination appointments for seniors. But it's hard because there just aren't enough vaccines so she said it feels like a competition. Well it's a competition because now we're have folks who are competing you've got the folks who are seventy five years old and older. We've got the sixty five year old. We've got those folks who are under fifty but are also caretakers for those who are sixty five and over or seventy and over. And i know that we have to start from the top the most vulnerable and work our way down but it still is somewhat competitive as to. Who's going to get it first. So all of those those areas we still have to define but we are of the opinion that the goal is for everyone to get vaccinated so whomever we can fit into that classification. That's what we're doing. Yeah and in that competition for vaccines. It helps to have a community group to help you get an appointment. But eventually officials tell me the problem will cease to be a vaccine shortage problem and will become a communication problem. You know trying to get enough people to show up and use all the vaccines right. And we're hearing. There will be more and more vaccinations slots opening up later as well and and another thing. We learned today. Josh was later this month. There's going to be another max. Vaccination site opening up in seattle At the former centurylink field now known as linfield yes and with that site. They're going to start small in the middle of the month but as soon as enough vaccines are on the way that site will be able to push out twenty one thousand vaccinations per day. They told me yeah. That sounds like a lot of shots. When is that going to be. They wouldn't say for sure. Only the it'll happen as soon as possible. And if you're a senior and you want to be proactive linda. Green at the southeast seattle senior center says give them a call. And they'll help you. You don't even have to be in seattle proper anywhere in king. County is fine and then of course you can also use the washington phase finder website. Which helped at least one senior here today.
Seattle announces mass vaccination site at Lumen Field
"Is expected to grow a lot more in March because of a third vaccine comes Brian Calvert, with more doctors across the Northwest, say the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine changes things simply by adding a third option. Couple that with the fact you only need one dose of this vaccine, and there are now plans from or vaccination sites, we want to be a national leader and vaccinations. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin is announcing a massive effort to get this coveted shot in Maurer arms. We're going to make the vaccination sites in Rainier Beach in West Seattle permanent. We are going to be ready to stand up a mass vaccinations site at Blumenfield that the events that are there on Ben will have, as we get more vaccines will add to that, of course in the North and the condition of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is also expected to impact other vaccines sites across Washington as doses of the third option should be delivered within a week. Ryan Calvert Co. Monium Governor, Jay Inslee, signing a bill into law designed to help some of the
Gov. Inslee Signs Relief Bill Waiving Liquor License Fees For Seattle Restaurants And Businesses
"Dangerous. Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill that wave some annual liquor license fees for hard hit businesses during the pandemic. One time waivers will provide some financial relief. While the state tries to get back to capacity. The licenses can cause from just over $100 for beer and wine specialty shops to more than $2000 for restaurant serving beer, beer,
Residents of Seattle's Rainier Valley on alert for man seen tampering with car brake lines
"Dealing with a rash of break lines being slashed on parked cars. My car was the only one that got messed with April. Yes, says the man, cut the brake line on her SUV parked in the driveway on South Frontenac Street. A few blocks away on Warsaw Down here somewhere. Same thing happened to his Iran. Callie. Two cars got slashed and right around the corner on 44th Avenue. Also bet list. He is also dealing with a similar ordeal. The brakes were cut and we were just in shock. Just in the past few days, neighbors in Seattle's Rainier Valley safe brake lines were slashed on at least seven cars, and that number could be higher Cousin got slashed and ice Recent heard about the Des Moines is one in Des Moines. Police say the number of vehicles with intentionally damaged brake lines is now up to 33 since reports started coming in late Monday, and there are at least two cases and tuck Wila so far. No arrests. Jonathan SHOW Cuomo
Some Seattle students prepare to return to in-person learning in March
"From Seattle Public School students are preparing to return to the classroom next month, The school district says preschool students had starts students and those in special education intensive service pathways will be phased back into the classrooms on March 11. Say families will still have the choice of continuing online learning when students return classes will be limited to 15 students or less. Cuomo's Molly
Seattle's King County Reflects On A Year Of Fighting COVID-19
"It's It's hard hard to to believe believe it's it's been been a a year year since since the the first first person person in in King King County County died died of of covert covert 19 was beginning of what's been a long, grueling year. Comas Nick Poppen looks back and ahead. Interesting years time we've been able to have two covert 19 vaccines and circulation with the third vaccine getting approval this weekend. We've come down from the third wave in our entire state is now in Phase two. As we go into the second year of this pandemic do, Jin says. It's important to know that learning from our past gives us a better chance at handling the future, especially with more vaccines on the way the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and the path to a more normal life is becoming clearer. And the hope is that now that Johnson and Johnson has been approved with their vaccine will be able to increase. Daily inoculations here in the state of Washington. Right now we're averaging about 26,000 doses a day. Their goal for the state is hopefully to get to 45,000. Inoculations of day. Nick Pompom, Come on
Zero COVID-19 cases at Seattle-area's long term care facilities for first time since pandemic
"Has been a year since the country learned about the first Corona virus outbreak in the nation at a Kirkland nursing home. Covert 19 ravage the Life care center this week, King County health officials announced. This is the first week without a single case reported from a long term care facility in the county since the outbreak began. Almost Michelle Esteban reports on the hope and healing. Oh, this whole week has been emotional Nurse Kathy Lombard is back where it all started. First covert 19 outbreak in the country. The first known covert death in the U. S. They're going to come back. You have no hesitation about going back. And then it is her first time back to the life care center of Kirkland in the years just to be here. And to see the people I took care of. She found one of the patients right away to sing her smile made me happy for Kathy. It is essential to remember the first victims the ones taken by Covitz. What significance does this place have for you? A lot of love. Is a lot of love shown here for the residents. One year ago, she volunteered to work inside. What had quickly become known as the epicenter of Corona virus was one of the first ones to volunteer to come here. And I'm glad I did. And she worked for the life care center in Puyallup when she learned the Kirkland facility had been ravaged by the coronavirus patients, and even more staff were testing positive here. I called here. Hey, I want to help. I want to be there helping you. Within three hours of that call. She was inside the baker unit at the life Care center assigned to 18 patients, her family and friends worried for her safety. She never got sick, right? I never really worried about. It was just too busy to even really think about it because there was work that needed to be done. Lombard knew 10 of the residents who lost their lives. It's hard. You just know that you did the best you could for them, and she could have been on the inside and seeing how hard we were working. But a federal inspection home found critical issues inspector said. Those issues put residents in immediate jeopardy and imminent danger, resulting in at least 37 deaths from the coronavirus. They were the first victims of this awful virus that we now find ourselves living in Deputy Los Angeles is mother, Twyla Ah Lifecare resident. Died in early March. Because I believe if she hadn't caught back, she'd probably still be alive. Shortly after her mom was quarantined. Debbie got the call. How did you say goodbye? I didn't. Um e say goodbye In my heart. I said goodbye better if her service that we had there just wasn't time. You're kind of helpless because you can't be there and you can't do anything for him for this on Lee Child A plea Mask up, Take precautions get vaccinated and hopefully with the vaccine. It will at least get under control or people won't die. If they get it is not for you for those you love. We do need to remember they were the first Michelle Esteban. Cooler news.
Washington Supreme Court strikes down felony drug possession law; Seattle PD will not arrest for possession
"Of illegal Drugs. This comes after the state Supreme Court ruled this week. That part of the felony drug possession law was unconstitutional is comes as a big surprise for a lot of people, including comas, Matt Markovich in the shadow of the King County courthouse just feet away from the sheriff's Headquarters. Users are happy collision be arresting us for drew position anyway. He's the guy directly affected by the court's ruling. Things would be relaxed a little bit. No. Yeah, I mean, you know we won't be so panicked because there's no fear of being arrested for possession of narcotics right now. After the state Supreme Court ruled the state's possession law unconscious. Tutu, sh inal Anyone who is serving a sentence for drug possession should be released. Tonight tomorrow as soon as possible, says an attorney who asked the court to strike down the long but it's also gonna let a lot of dangerous Criminals and felons out on the street, says the King County Council member and former prosecutor who worked with the Supreme Court. But people who are sitting in jail right now say, Hey, my whole convictions based on something that's unconstitutional. It's now a race against time Arrested or convicted drug users, with their attorneys moving quickly to get drug cases thrown out Many hundreds of prosecutions being thrown out even convictions potentially being thrown out, and that just creates chaos, But the Legislature can fix this by adding one word. Two to the statute that word is knowingly which as intent to possess into the law, something the court found absent. Two state senators just introduced a bill that does just that. Currently right now you could have controlled substances and not get arrested. It's kind of crazy. But even with a quick fix, attorneys could argue their clients were arrested or convicted. Under a law that was found unconstitutional. They don't want to doing drugs around here, and he passed that bubble crack pipe arrow on pipe, you know, fix would be immediate assumes the governor signs it. But right now, there's a push by many legislators. To decriminalize illegal drugs in Washington in Seattle, met Markovich come on. Ian's new developments were hearing the death of
Top Seattle Sports Star McKenzi Williams To Be Honored
"Tomorrow night. The top Seattle sports stars of 2020 are honored almost bills. Waris introduces us to a nominee who's turned heartache into inspiration. The ball doesn't fall, though. Phillips offensive rebound Williams, another three Mackenzie Williams is having quite a junior season for the Seattle you Red Hawks In December. She scored a career high 36 points even if it's just a few hours. I still get the chance to be around some girls that I love. Playing basketball attending college has met rising above more life challenges than most could imagine. Even on my worst days like I could be an inspiration for someone else. So that's always been like a huge thing for me is like I want people to look at me and see my story and be inspired and feel like well. Thing. If he did, I could probably do it, too. Before her junior year at Auburn Riverside High School, the family home burned and then she lost her father. Ralph, plans change to be closer to her mom, Sandra, brother and sister. After everything that happened, I had such a larger family emphasis in my life and the value of family, so it was really important that I could still be around them and they could come and support me at my games. One knee injury took away her Seattle U sophomore season, a second end of the 2019 campaign and, of course, now there's coronavirus. I like to think of my hardships. As like fuel, though they were painful to experience in the moment, they really have only brought so much greater things into my life and Purpose and I just feel plentiful and fulfilled. Being able to give back now because of what has been taken away from me. Williams plans on using a psychology degree for important work focuses on trauma patients. And particularly Children. I feel like that This kind of reflects A bit of my own story, and I want to help kids that have been through even more bigger things that I have and help them get through that. If Mackenzie William's earns top Seattle female sports star of 2020 great She's already a champion in so many ways. I'm Bill's words. Come on
Seattle City Council candidate was charged with assault, harassment after 2015 confrontation
"City Council candidates arrest several years ago has come to light as we hear from Kemal's Bill O'Neill. The Seattle Times reports. Mike McQuaid was charged with harassment in 2015 police report shows McQuaid became upset with some landscape working outside of his Wesley condo. And got into an argument with a man there. That led to McQuaid, threatening the man with a saw and throwing a rock at him, but quite agreed to a deferred prosecution. Gross misdemeanor charges were dismissed in 2018 after he served a year probation. He also spent 24 hours is part of a work crew. Cueto is running for council Position eight, which is currently held by Theresa Mosqueda tells the times what happened frightened him. He says he would have avoided the situation. If he had to do it over again and wishes he could take what happened back.
Two new candidates, Brianna Thomas and Mike McQuaid, seek seats on Seattle Council
"New candidates who are running for the Seattle City Council are familiar names in some circles. The story from Cuomo's Gregor Shoals, Brianna Thomas is the chief of staff to City Council president Lorena Gonzalez and Mike McQuaid is a South Lake Union community leader. Both are running for seats that represent the entire city, the rather than a district. Thomas previously worked on several campaigns, including the one that created a $15 minimum wage in Si Tak and the campaign that created the publicly funded democracy vouchers. She's running for the seat that Gonzalez is giving up to run. Mayor McQuaid owns a strategic communications business. He's served on the south like Union Community Council for much of the past decade, and he's challenging incumbent to racing Mosqueda.