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5 things you need to know this Friday

Kids and COVID-19; Tacoma guaranteed income program; Family sues in CHOP death; Superspreader event sickens 100; 'Lights out' for birds

Concerns arise about COVID-19 and kids

Children under age 10 have consistently had the lowest COVID-19 case rates, but that has been changing. Now in some areas of Washington state, children have higher rates of COVID-19 than people over 70.

"We're certainly not out of the woods," said Skagit County Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now reports children make up 20% of all new COVID-19 cases.

The warning comes as many families are relaxing their guards, despite vaccines being unavailable to children. Read more

Tacoma guaranteed income project: Who can apply?

Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards announced the next steps Thursday in a guaranteed income demonstration set to take place in late summer 2021.

The program, titled GRIT – Growing Resilience in Tacoma, will provide $500 a month to 100 families for a year.

The money, which was donated by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, is meant to supplement the wages of families who are above the poverty line. Here's who is eligible and how to apply. Read more

Family of 19-year-old killed in CHOP sues Seattle

The family of a 19-year-old shot and killed in Seattle's "CHOP" zone last summer has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Seattle.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson was shot and killed in the early morning hours of June 20 near Cal Anderson Park, inside the area of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood that was occupied by protestors for weeks, after Seattle Police abandoned the East Precinct building.

His mother's lawsuit claims CHOP (also known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest) “invited lawlessness and created foreseeable danger,” and that Seattle Police and Seattle Fire first responders “failed to assist because of botched communication.” Read more

COVID-19 sickens nearly 100 at 'super-spreader' event

A three-day-long event in Republic, Washington, is causing a spike in COVID-19 cases in Ferry County. As of Wednesday, nearly 100 people had been infected.

The event was set up to recruit new Eagle’s Club members the weekend of April 9-11.

Health officials in Republic said infections had reached far into the community. The bank in town had to shut down early and brought in temporary workers. One of the only grocery stores also had limited capacity, and county services have taken a hit with court cases being delayed because so many workers are either at home because they are sick or in quarantine.

Some patients are being sent to Spokane or Wenatchee, where hospital capacity is also limited. Read more

They're back: Turn off your lights to help migrating birds in Washington

Thousands of birds are migrating over the Puget Sound region, according to Colorado State University's Aeroeco Lab, which issued medium and high "lights out" alert levels for the Puget Sound area through May 1.

Light pollution from cities can disorient birds, which can cause them to become confused and crash into buildings and towers, causing injury and death, according to the lab. Window strikes kill around a billion birds a year, by some estimates.

Tens of thousands of birds are expected to fly through Seattle and Tacoma through May 1, and millions of birds are expected through Washington state.

Below, watch a story that ran earlier this month on how turning off your lights can help migrating birds. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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