Friday, June 26th, 2020
In brief: Mayor Durkan told CHOP protesters in a closed-door meeting that the City plans to clear all of the CHOP barricades besides those immediately around the East Precinct at 12th & Pine on Sunday morning; Governor Inslee's statewide face covering requirement went into effect today; and the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare, as the U.S. set a new daily record for number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row.
Washington & King County
As of last night at 11:59 pm
Statewide: 30,855 confirmed cases (+488), 1,304 deaths (+4)
King County: 9,672 confirmed cases (+99), 607 deaths (+1)
Total tests conducted: 514,428 (+8,633)

2,414,870 confirmed cases (+40,588), 124,325 deaths (+2,516)
Total tests conducted: 29,810,767 (+602,947)

The world
9,776,963 confirmed cases (+193819), 493,609 deaths (+4,869)
Local Protest News
Image from The Seattle Times: Tarika Powell, with Black Collective Voice, center, talks about her concerns with Seattle Fire Department chief Harold Scoggins at CHOP in Seattle Friday, June, 26, 2020. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
City work crews attempted to remove the CHOP barricades (but not the protesters) this morning starting at 6 am, but were blocked from doing so by protesters. [KUOWQ13 Fox]

Later in the day City work crews moved through the tent encampment at Cal Anderson Park picking up trash and asking residents if they had anything they needed to throw away, but they didn't clear the encampment as protesters had been concerned that they would. [Seattle Times]

Mayor Durkan met with a group of protesters in the afternoon in a closed-door meeting at a church on 14th Avenue a few blocks outside the CHOP, and told them that on Sunday morning the City will clear all of the CHOP barricades besides those immediately around the East Precinct at 12th & Pine. Durkan's attempt to negotiate with CHOP's "leaders" in a closed-door meeting was problematic for many protesters and supporters (at least on Twitter), though, highlighting the challenges for the City in trying to reach agreements with a leaderless movement. [Seattle Times, Twitter thread from Omari SalisburyTwitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter]

King County Metro employees protested yesterday outside of Metro's Tukwila base, calling on the agency to do more to address workplace racism. [Seattle Times]

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is hosting a Black-led Wellness Weekend today and tomorrow. [Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County]

And the nightly march from the CHOP to SPD's West Precinct downtown continued. [Twitter]
Local COVID-19 News
Governor Inslee's statewide face covering requirement went into effect today, as Public Health Seattle-King County Health Officer Jeff Duchin warned King County residents to remain vigilant about social distancing measures as our case count continues to increase, and his counterpart in Pierce County warned that their resurgence is bad enough that the county may be moved backwards from Phase 2 to Phase 1. [KIRO 7, Public Health Insider, KING 5]

Mayor Durkan and two City Councilmembers announced new legislation that would make it easier and faster for restaurants to expand their outdoor dining capabilities. [Eater Seattle, Mayor's Office blog]

And the Seattle Department of Transportation closed Lake Washington Boulevard and Golden Gardens Drive to car traffic today through Tuesday. [Seattle Bike Blog]
National News
The U.S. set a new daily record for number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the third time in three days, with Florida alone reporting 9,000 new cases--the highest single-day total of any state since the pandemic began--and Republican governors in states like Texas and Arizona who moved aggressively to reopen their states before they were ready backpedaling quickly as their outbreaks spike and threaten to overwhelm their states' hospital capacity. [Washington Post, Axios, Associated Press via Seattle Times]

According to Dr. Fauci, the U.S. is having trouble tracing and testing asymptomatic individuals and ensuring that they're isolating themselves, which is a key part of preventing community spread. [CNN]

31% of Black respondents to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll said that someone they knew personally has died from COVID-19, as opposed to 17% of Hispanic respondents and 9% of White respondents. [Washington Post]

In a clear statement of his values, President Trump asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, which has expanded healthcare access to 23 million Americans, while he signed an executive order to protect statues and monuments across the country. [Washington Post, Fox News]

And as expected, the European Union announced that travelers from the U.S. won't be able to enter its borders when its lockdown ends next Wednesday (July 1st). [New York Times]
Texas and Florida close bars after explosion of COVID-19 cases [NBC News, 1.6 million shares]

Florida confirms nearly 9,000 coronavirus cases in a single day, a new record [Miami Herald, 842k shares]

Democrat Rep. Pressley: ‘Black Lives Matter Is A Mandate,’ ‘Pay Us What You Owe Us’ [Daily Wire, 831k shares]

Trump signs executive order to protect American monuments, memorials and statues [Fox News, 763k shares]

Florida smashes record with almost 9,000 coronavirus cases in a day [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 760k shares]

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads [Texas Tribune, 716k shares]

Biden says he would use federal power to require Americans to wear masks in public [Fox News, 653k shares]

‘Black Lives Matter’ Will Be Painted on Street Outside Trump Tower [New York Times, 653k shares]

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare [CNN, 499k shares]
Ending on a high note
A nursing home in Brazil created a "hug tunnel" to allow family members to safely hug its elderly residents. 
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