Art by Mary Jean Gilman, part of the Wing Luke Museum’s #CIDLoveLetters project. “Because I love the C-I D, it is the setting for most of my paintings,” Gilman writes in her artist statement. Photo courtesy of the Wing Luke Museum

As of July 28, there are 54,985 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington state, including 1,555 deaths, according to the state Department of Health. In King County, there are 14,856 confirmed cases, including 648 deaths.

As coronavirus cases rise, Gov. Jay Inslee announced restrictions to curb its spread which take effect today, including an end to indoor dining at bars, restrictions on indoor restaurant dining to members of the same household, limits on capacity for indoor fitness facilities for counties in Phase 2 (including King County), and no reopening allowed for indoor entertainment facilities like bowling alleys until Phase 4, the Seattle Times reported. Masks are also required in all common areas where social distancing isn’t possible, such as elevators and shared spaces in buildings.

Unemployment insurance claims in Washington are about twice the level of the Great Depression in the state, the Seattle Times reported.

The Seattle Times breaks down data on which parts of King County have been hit hardest by the virus. South King County, in areas like Auburn SeaTac, Federal Way and Tukwila, saw the highest percentage of positive test results, due to the larger proportion of low-income households.

Wondering where to get tested for coronavirus? The Seattle Times keeps a continually-updated list of testing locations in Puget Sound.

Washington state’s primary election is August 4. Mailed registration forms must be received by July 27. Among the seats up for election are two for Representative in Washington’s 37th legislative district, which includes the CID and south Seattle. The 8th Annual AAPI Candidate forum was held virtually on Zoom last week, and included candidates for the 37th district and Washington Congressional District 9. A Facebook livestream of the forum can be viewed here.

The CID Restaurants and other Small Business Relief Fund has raised over $750,000 with support from various funding sources and over 1500 individual contributions. To date, the fund has provided direct financial aid to 165 small businesses that suffered revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and qualified businesses have received between $1,500-$5,000 over three rounds of grant distributions. The fund, managed by SCIDpda, Friends of Little Saigon, and the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), is still accepting donations at scidpda.org/cidbizrelief.

Helping Link is hiring an office manager and a consultant — for more information visit helpinglink.org/employment. Helping Link is also looking for new board members. Those interested can reach out to Minh-Duc Nguyen at [email protected] or (206) 650 5882, board president Jen Koo at [email protected], or board member Carrie George at [email protected]

Northwest Asian Weekly reports on how the Wing Luke Museum has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced museums to shut their doors. To adapt, the Wing Luke Museum offers virtual tours and exhibits.

Have you seen the Wing Luke Museum’s digital exhibition for CID Love Letters? Visit www.digitalwingluke.org/cidloveletters to see community-sourced artwork in a variety of formats and media. 

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