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5 things you need to know this Thursday

Mask requirements post-pandemic; Procession for Seattle officer; Cold case arrest; Red Cross blood shortage; Edmonds Fourth of July parade.

Not all mask requirements going away when Washington reopens, health secretary says

A full reopening in Washington state doesn't necessarily mean all COVID-19 requirements will be set aside.

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said there will still be mask requirements for unvaccinated people in indoor settings and high-risk outdoor settings.

State officials have said they are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Current guidelines show fully vaccinated people can resume all activities without a mask. Unvaccinated people, on the other hand, are still asked to wear a mask while indoors and in some outdoor settings, including crowded events or gatherings that include people from multiple households. Read more

Procession held for Seattle police officer killed while helping with crash on I-5

A procession was held Wednesday as the Seattle Police Department escorted the body of Officer Alexandra “Lexi” Brenneman Harris from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office to the Bonney Watson Funeral Home in SeaTac.

Harris was hit and killed on I-5 early Sunday morning after stopping on her way home to assist with a crash.

Washington State Patrol said that Harris, who was off-duty at the time, had stopped around 1:20 a.m. to help with a three-vehicle pileup on I-5 near Columbian Way.  Read more

Following arrest in 2003 cold case, detectives looking at potential connection to Lindsey Baum kidnapping

Detectives with the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect in connection with a cold case dating back 18 years, and they said they're investigating similarities to another unsolved case, according to sheriff officials.

On Tuesday, detectives arrested Paul Beiker of Enumclaw for his alleged involvement in the 2003 kidnapping and rape of a 17-year-old girl in McCleary, Washington.

Grays Harbor County Judge David Edwards ordered Bieker held on $250,000. Wednesday afternoon Bieker pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, rape, burglary, harassment, and auto theft. He has no prior criminal convictions. Read more

Red Cross pleading for blood donations amid 'severe shortage'

The American Red Cross is dealing with a severe blood shortage across the country due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More blood is being used at medical facilities due rise in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries, which were largely placed on hold because of the virus.

The pandemic is also affecting blood supply since many patients deferred care during the height of the pandemic. For some of these patients, their conditions have worsened, which has increased the need for blood transfusions. Read more

Lack of parade participants threatens Edmonds Fourth of July celebration

Edmonds' Fourth of July celebration is once again up in the air as the Chamber of Commerce struggles to find the necessary participants.

Not enough people have signed up for the parade portion of the event.

Initially, the Fourth of July celebration was canceled for 2021, but when Gov. Jay Inslee announced the plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions on June 30, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce saw it as an opportunity to plan the event. Read more

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