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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
In brief: A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old boy was critically injured in another shooting in the CHOP in the early hours of Monday morning; in the face of a spike in new infections both statewide and in the Puget Sound region, Pierce County's public health director canceled his support for a planned application to move to "Phase 2.5," and the Snohomish County Executive said that moving backwards from Phase 2 to Phase 1 is now a distinct possibility; and on Sunday the number of global COVID-19 cases passed 10 million, and the number of global deaths passed 500,000.
STATS
Washington & King County
As of last night at 11:59 pm
Statewide: 32,824 confirmed cases (+571), 1,332 deaths (+12)
King County: 10,177 confirmed cases (+158), 610 deaths (+0)
Total tests conducted: 557,275 (+9,055)
King County Key Indicators (last updated at 1:37 pm today)

U.S.
Today
2,581,229 confirmed cases (+35,664), 126,739 deaths (+370)
Total tests conducted: 32,206,245 (+648,838)

The world
Today
10,450,628 confirmed cases, 510,632 deaths
Local COVID-19 News
In the face of a spike in new infections both statewide and in the Puget Sound region, Pierce County's public health director canceled his support for a planned application to move to "Phase 2.5," and the Snohomish County Executive said that moving backwards from Phase 2 to Phase 1 is now a distinct possibility. While infection rates are up significantly (near their highs from the height of the pandemic statewide, and at about half of their highest point in King County), death rates aren't, partially because the recent increase is happening mostly in people under 40 who are at much lower risk of death. 

Testing data continue to show that the protests don't appear to be a big driver of new infections: "As of June 24, contract tracing had determined only 31 COVID-positive people attended protests out of 1,008 who tested positive between June 3 and June 23." [Seattle Times]

In King County and Washington state both, pandemic-related job losses have disproportionately impacted lower-income workers who are less likely to be able to work from home, while disproportionately sparing higher-income office workers whose work isn't location-specific. [Seattle Times]

Instacart sued the City of Seattle over its new law requiring them to give their workers premium pay for working during the pandemic. [Seattle City Council Insight]

Despite our having entered the coronavirus recession with extremely healthy unemployment funds, Washington state could run out of money for unemployment benefits towards the end of the year and need to borrow money from the federal government to be able to continue paying them after that. [KUOW]

And Dahlia Bazzaz looked at Seattle Public Schools' reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year, which would give parents the option of 100% online instruction, 100% in-person instruction (with significant social distancing measures in place), or a hybrid of the two. [Seattle Times]
Local Protest News
A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old boy was critically injured in another shooting in the CHOP in the early hours of Monday morning. SPD officers didn't enter the protest zone; protesters had to drive the victims to a pre-set staging area to transfer them to the Seattle Fire Department. [Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Seattle Times]

As some of the protesters who remained in the CHOP tried to get their compatriots to move their tents from Cal Anderson Park to the streets immediately surrounding the East Precinct following the shooting, the City on Tuesday morning removed some of the barriers blocking vehicle access at 10th & Pine (which the protesters quickly replaced with makeshift barricades of their own) and closed Cal Anderson in preparation for cleaning it up and possibly sweeping the remaining tent campers. [Seattle Times, KIRO 7, Seattle Times]

A second lawsuit was filed in federal court over the existence of the CHOP, this one a class-action lawsuit suing Mayor Durkan and Governor Inslee for allowing the creation of a "lawless autonomous zone" that's denying people inside it access to equal protections under the law. [KING 5]

And after the Seattle chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America hosted a march in honor of Charleena Lyles that ended at Mayor Durkan's home, Durkan released a public letter calling on the City Council to investigate Councilmember Sawant for taking part in the march and speaking at it, suggesting that they should "punish or expel" her for her "disorderly or otherwise contemptuous behavior." [Seattle DSA on Twitter, KING 5, Seattle Times]
National COVID-19 and Protest News
On Sunday the number of global COVID-19 cases passed 10 million, and the number of global deaths passed 500,000. [New York Times]

The head of the World Health Organization warned that "the worst is yet to come," and Dr. Fauci told a Senate committee that given America's current trajectory he wouldn't be surprised to see us reach 100,000 new cases per day (we're currently around 35-40,000). [NPR, NBC News]

While New York reported its lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began, Texas and California joined a host of states in the South and West that are posting the highest daily numbers of infections that they've ever experienced. [NPR, The Hill, The Hill]

With huge outbreaks now tearing through firmly red states, Republicans across the board--including Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, and even Donald Trump Jr. (but still not Trump himself)--have suddenly started advocating strongly for Americans to wear masks. [NBC News, NPR, The Hill]

And the House passed a symbolic expansion of the Affordable Care Act along party lines, forcing Republicans in the Senate to go on the record about how they feel about the broadly popular healthcare law. [Washington Post]
Viral
Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China [BBC News, 2.6 million shares]

Oklahoma Authorities Charge Alleged Rioters With Terrorism: ‘This Is Not Seattle.’ [The Daily Wire, 1.9 million shares]

Father Of Black Teen Killed In CHOP: It’s Time To Bring In The National Guard [The Daily Wire, 734k shares]

Latest Seattle CHOP shooting kills 16-year-old boy, critically wounds 14-year-old boy [Fox News, 291k shares]

Seattle mayor who defended CHOP is outraged after protesters showed up at her home [The Blaze, 283k shares]

Tensions Rise In Seattle As CHOP Protesters Hang On, Demand City Defund Police Before Dismantling Demonstration [The Daily Wire, 124k shares]
Ending on a high note
Sacha Baron Cohen appears to have concocted an elaborate prank against a far-right group by creating a front group that offered to host an entire event for them in Olympia, which he then hijacked
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