Governor Jay Inslee held a meeting and news conference at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center earlier this month to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery plan with local politicians, health officials, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The South King County area is seeing higher numbers of positive COVID-19 tests than King County overall.
A July 29 Seattle Times article highlighted the differences in positive test results across the county. As of July 22, the overall King County positivity rate was 5.3% of tests. However, South King County positivity rates range from 9 to 12% of tests, with the southern half of Auburn registering the highest, a 12% rate. The state's goal is 2% of tests resulting in a positive result.
These results, in conjunction with other coronavirus trends in the state and the demographics of our parish, have validated Our Reopening Task Force’s conservative, slow-and-steady approach to reopening our buildings and delaying consideration of resuming in-person worship services. Our Zoom services are not ideal, but they do allow us to gather virtually for worship and community while promoting safety. They will continue for the foreseeable future. For more information, please contact Mark Medlin.