In brief: COVID cases are rising in King County, but hospitalizations remain flat; Mayor Harrell announced a national search for a permanent police chief; March 30th marked the 80th anniversary of the executive order that created the Japanese incarceration camps during World War II; King County's population declined from 2020 to 2021 for the first time since 1972; and Real Change filed a ballot measure to fund and build permanently affordable and fully publicly owned housing.
Editor's note: This week's newsletter has been heavily triaged due to time constraints. Click here for the most recent Seattle Times COVID infographic.
COVID cases are rising in King County, but so far hospitalizations remain flat and deaths continue to decrease.
There have already been 13 homicides in Seattle in 2022 thus far, the highest number since 2016.
To mark the 80th anniversary of Bainbridge Island's enforcement of President FDR's Executive Order 9066 creating Japanese incarceration camps during World War II, The Seattle Times revisited their original coverage from 1942.
A report from researchers at the UW and UC Berkeley shows a correlation between areas that were previously redlined by banks for large parts of the 20th century and higher rates of air pollution and other environmental hazards today.