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Wednesday, July 8th - Friday, July 10th, 2020
In brief: Seven out of the nine City Councilmembers have now expressed their support for a four-point proposal from two Black-led organizations to reduce SPD's budget by 50% and redirect the funding to affordable housing and other community needs; the number of new infections reported each day across the state continues to go up, as do the numbers in King County; and the U.S. and the world both hit a new daily record for new cases, with the World Health Organization reporting 228,102 new global cases and the New York Times reporting more than 61,000 new cases in America, setting a new daily record for the 7th time in the last 11 days.
STATS
Washington & King County
As of last night at 11:59 pm
Statewide: 39,218 confirmed cases (+637), 1,424 deaths (+15)
Total tests conducted: 668,466 (+)

King County: 11,568 confirmed cases (+149), 633 deaths (+1)
King County Key Indicators (last updated 7/7 at 2:47 pm)

U.S.
Today
3,106,931 confirmed cases (+59,260, 132,855 deaths (+799)
Total tests conducted: 38,856,341 (+823,375)

The world
Today
12,102,328 confirmed cases (+228,102), 551,046 deaths (+5,565)
Local Protest News
Image from The Seattle Times: Multiple Seattle City Council members joined community advocates for a news conference hosted by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now. (Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now)
After a news conference yesterday, seven out of the nine City Councilmembers have now expressed their support for a four-point proposal from two Black-led organizations that have grown out of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now, to reduce SPD's budget by 50% and redirect the funding to affordable housing and other community needs. The City Council still hasn't taken any official action to reduce SPD's budget, though, or put forward any formal proposals for how they would do so. [Seattle Times]

Seattle Central College told the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog that they'll be working with SPD to clear an encampment of protesters and people experiencing homelessness that's grown up on their south lawn after the clearing of the CHOP (in the same spot that hosted a large Occupy Seattle encampment in 2011). [Capitol Hill Seattle Blog]

Sydney Brownstone and David Gutman at The Seattle Times looked at the facts, to the extent that they're known, around the CHOP shooting last week that killed a 16-year-old and wounded a 14-year-old, and that was the impetus for Mayor Durkan to clear the protest zone days later. [Seattle Times]

And the Independent's Chief U.S. Correspondent wrote about his harrowing experience after he was arrested by SPD officers for attempting to cross the police line to report on the clearing of the CHOP last Wednesday. [Independent UK]
Local COVID-19 News
The number of new infections reported each day across the state continues to go up, as do the numbers in King County. The number of daily deaths reported statewide, meanwhile--which generally lags behind new infections by several weeks--has just begun trending upwards again this week (see today's infographic above, too). In Oregon, meanwhile, transmission appears to be approaching exponential growth as the state deals with a massive surge driven by in-person gatherings and parties. 

Last week the state received 28,393 initial unemployment claims, and 736,151 people are currently filing for unemployment. Around 35,000 of those filers have still-unresolved issues with their claims stemming from the fraud issues from earlier in the year; the state now says they should all be cleared up by the end of the month, but they've already missed multiple previous self-imposed deadlines to do so. [KIRO 7, Seattle Times]

The UW currently plans to shift all classes that are larger than 50 students--roughly 80% of its classes--online when it reopens in the fall, with classes of 50 students or fewer still being taught in person. [GeekWire]

And "[f]ive of Seattle’s swimming beaches won’t open with lifeguards until Wednesday at the earliest, and the rest won’t open at all this summer." [Seattle Times]
National COVID-19 and Protest News
The U.S. and the world both hit a new daily record for new cases, with the World Health Organization reporting 228,102 new global cases and the New York Times (whose numbers vary from the CDC's count, which is what I use in the stats section) reporting more than 61,000 new cases in America, setting a new daily record for the 7th time in the last 11 days.

The nationwide death count began to increase steadily as hospitals across the South and West are starting to get overwhelmed, likely foreshadowing much higher numbers of deaths in the weeks to come as some of the country's most populous states continue to experience runaway outbreaks. [Washington Post, Los Angeles Times]

More than 1.3 million Americans filed for state unemployment benefits last week, plus an additional 1 million who filed for new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims (the $600/week federal unemployment payments that were part of the CARES Act). The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments, which are likely responsible in large part for keeping the U.S. economy functioning to the extent that it still is, are set to expire on July 25th unless Congress extends them, which Republicans in the Senate have signaled they're unwilling to do. [New York Times, NBC News]

President Trump, in the midst of pressuring states to reopen schools in the fall for full in-person instruction with no restrictions, attacked the CDC for issuing sensible, public-health-based guidelines for school reopenings, arguing that they were too onerous and that the agency would be changing them. [Washington Post]

And a number of high-profile Republican senators have said that they don't plan to attend the Republican National Convention in Florida, while President Trump has indicated that he may not press on with his previous demand to give his acceptance speech in front of a full stadium. 
Viral
NYC closes down stretch of Fifth Avenue at Trump Tower to paint Black Lives Matter mural [NBC News, 1.6 million shares]

Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale [New York Times, 752k shares]

Religious Organizations Receive $7.3 Billion in PPP Loans, Megachurches Amass Millions [Newsweek, 729k shares]

This map shows why it would be 'terrifying' to open Canada-U.S. border [CTV News Canada, 634k shares]

Americans will wear masks for ‘several years’ due to coronavirus: expert [New York Post, 524k shares]

Kayleigh McEnany scolds reporters for not asking about deadly weekend of violence across America [Fox News, 500k shares]

American Passports Are Worthless Now [Medium, 473k shares]

Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild coronavirus symptoms [The Guardian, 472k shares]

Pathologist found blood clots in 'almost every organ' during autopsies on Covid-19 patients [CNN, 332k shares]

Kazakhstan denies Chinese government report that country has 'unknown pneumonia' outbreak more deadly than Covid-19 [CNN, 290k shares]

NYC Mayor de Blasio says he's banning all large gatherings to stop coronavirus — except for BLM protests [The Blaze, 231k shares]

Coronavirus Surge in Tulsa ‘More Than Likely’ Linked to Trump Rally [New York Times, 216k shares]

The US is diving into a dark Covid hole -- and there's no plan to get out [CNN, 147k shares]
Ending on a high note
A growing "wine fairy" movement is sweeping the nation, from the hills of Vermont (maybe) to the suburbs of the Midwest (probably).
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