Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
In brief: SPD officers cleared all of the protesters and campers from the CHOP and Cal Anderson just before dawn; a City Council committee of the whole voted 7-2 to advance Councilmember Mosqueda's high-earners payroll tax to a final vote on Monday; and according to the Washington Post's data tracking efforts, the number of new daily cases nationwide passed 50,000 for the first time.
Washington & King County
As of last night at 11:59 pm
Statewide: 33,435 confirmed cases (+611), 1,339 deaths (+7)
Total tests conducted: 571,964 (+14,689), 5.8% positive

King County: 10,304 confirmed cases (+127), 612 deaths (+2)
Total tests conducted: 170,063, 6.1% positive
King County Key Indicators (last updated 6/30 at 1:37 pm)

2,624,873 confirmed cases (+43,644), 127,299 deaths (+560)
Total tests conducted: 32,827,359 (+621,114)

The world
10,667,217 confirmed cases (+216,589), 515,646 deaths (+5,014)
Local Protest News
Image from The Seattle Times: Seattle police stand on 11th Avenue East after sweeping Cal Anderson Park and CHOP on Wednesday morning. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
SPD officers, with support from Bellevue police and local FBI agents, cleared all of the protesters and campers from the CHOP and Cal Anderson just before dawn, allowing anyone to leave the area with no consequences and then arresting those who refused to leave. SPD was carrying out an executive order from Mayor Durkan that was supposedly issued late last night but that doesn't appear to have been publicly disseminated until a 5 am tweet from SPD's Twitter account that was posted moments before officers began clearing the CHOP. At least 44 people were arrested during the sweep, almost all of them for failure to disperse. [Seattle Times, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog]

The clearing of the CHOP was national news, and at one point the top trending topic nationwide on Twitter, with U.S. Attorney General William Barr praising Chief Best for her actions and President Trump's press secretary saying that she was "pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated." [Q13 Fox, Twitter]

It's unclear what form the segment of the movement for Black lives in Seattle that CHOP represented will take next, but online organizers are vowing to keep the protest going, and as of press time there were protesters blocking the intersection at Broadway & Pine. [Omari Salisbury on Twitter]
Local COVID-19 News
A City Council committee of the whole voted 7-2 to advance Councilmember Mosqueda's high-earners payroll tax--the spiritual successor to both 2018's failed head tax and an attempt by Councilmembers Sawant and Morales to revive it earlier this year--to a final vote on Monday. Revenues would go to fund coronavirus relief and affordable housing; and the Sawant/Morales measure, which would raise more money than Mosqueda's version, is still alive in the form of a ballot initiative that could move forward if the City Council fails to pass legislation of their own. [Seattle Times]

Testing supplies arriving for Washington state from the Trump administration continue to arrive with a myriad of issues, including unlabeled transport media, poor or unsanitary packaging, and an inability to pass quality-control checks. [Seattle Times

A gym near Yakima was fined $9,639 by the state for remaining open in violation of Governor Inslee's stay-at-home order, the first business in the state to refuse to comply with authorities long enough to receive a fine. [Seattle Times]

And the state Department of Health is urging Washingtonians to avoid traveling outside the state or even outside their own regions of the state this summer, in order to avoid increasing the spread of COVID-19 unnecessarily. [MyNorthwest]
National COVID-19 and Protest News
According to the Washington Post's own data tracking efforts, the number of new cases nationwide passed 50,000 for the first time (and the CDC's official stats showed 43,644 new cases today, which is also be a new record). [Washington Post]

Harvard researchers put together a color-coded interactive map of every county in the U.S., with coronavirus risk levels marked as green, yellow, orange, or red. [NPR]

And President Trump decided to take a stand against a strong bipartisan effort in Congress to rename military bases that are named after Confederate officers, threatening to veto a defense spending bill if the language isn't removed. [NBC News]
Seattle police retake stationhouse in CHOP, arrest multiple protesters following Durkan orders [Fox News, 364k shares]

The $600 federal unemployment benefit ends this month. GOP senators say enough already. [NBC News, 369k shares]

Trump calls Black Lives Matter a 'symbol of hate' as he digs in on race [CNN, 316k shares]

Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. [New York Times, 292k shares]

DeSantis: Florida 'not going back' on coronavirus reopening, despite new case surge [Fox News, 261k shares]

Texas lt. governor hits Fauci: 'He doesn't know what he's talking about' [The Hill, 243k shares]

US secures world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir [The Guardian, 242k shares]

Seattle Police Retaking Capitol Hill Neighborhood Occupied By Leftist Activists For Weeks [The Daily Wire, 204k shares]
Ending on a high note
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