King County just reissued a mask mandate. I am so fucking sick of this nonsense. Not vaccinated and get sick? NOT MY PROBLEM. We have a 75% rate of being fully vaccinated anyway. Newcastle, where I live, has a rolling average of 1.6 cases per day and a vaccination rate over 90% in the 12+ cohort.
There have been two hospitalizations this year, for one day each. Two days. Total.
People in South King County aren’t vaccinated and are getting sick? NOT. MY. PROBLEM.
I recently learned that my kids will miss two weeks of school this fall due to Covid quarantine. Why? We’re going out of state in late August, the week before school starts, and again in October for Fall break. According to the CDC, if you leave the state and are unvaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days, or take a Covid test and self-isolate for 7 days.
Have kids? Left the state lately? For the next week after you get back, that means no daycare, no school, no camp, no grocery store, no camps, no trips to the park. No interaction with other humans of any kind for your kids.
If you live in a “free state” you’re probably not even aware of this. But if you live in King County, it impacts your life directly because schools and daycares adopt and enforce the rule.
Soon they’ll probably start asking women for proof of birth control before they let you drink at a bar. Except that in King County, the bar will probably be closed.
I have to say that I would not move to King County at this point if I lived elsewhere and had a job opportunity here.
I’m still wondering if they’re actually going to open schools full time this fall. With Delta, it seems likely that Covid levels will be higher than in the spring (when they opened less than 6 hours per WEEK for the last month for middle and high school). And the vaccine was highly effective against the variant circulating at that time.