Government and Politics
November 26, 2022From: Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Happy Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day
The Inslee family and the staff of the Washington State Office of the Governor wish you and your families a peaceful, pleasant, and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Friday is Native American Heritage Day
Friday, Nov. 25 is Native American Heritage Day, and November is Native American Heritage Month. Both occasions are opportunities to reflect on the rich tribal heritage and land history of Washington state.
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Free at-home COVID-19 tests available through the end of the year
Washingtonians may order up to 10 free at-home COVID-19 test kits through the “Say Yes, COVID Test” program. Upper respiratory illness season is approaching its peak just as families gather for the holidays. At-home tests may help protect your loved ones, providing results in just a few minutes. Up to 10 kits may be requested in both November and December before the program expires at the end of the year.
First pediatric flu death of season reported
An elementary school-age child in King County died last week from complications from the flu, and at least four adults have died from flu-related illness this season. Upper respiratory illnesses including COVID-19, Influenza, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are spreading in Washington state, and can be dangerous. The state Department of Health urges Washingtonians to stay home when they feel sick, and take caution if symptoms become severe. The state Department of Health also recommends vaccination against COVID-19 and the flu.