Slog PM: Washington's Free COVID Test Website Is Live, Situation in Jail Still Very Bad, Bye Bye Funko
by Friday at 6:22 pm•
Say yes to the test: That's the chipper new name for Washington's free at-home COVID test campaign, "powered by" CareEvolution and fulfilled by Amazon warehouse workers. Just pop on over to sayyescovidhometest.org, plug in your zip code, fill out the form, and then wait one to two weeks for up to five tests to arrive.
More on the alarming conditions at King County Jail: Some people in jail are seeing no time out of their cell at all, and "the court has explicitly refused" to allow remote hearings for sentencing and arraignment proceedings despite continued high case counts within and outside of the jail, according to an email from King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pascal Herzer to ACLU senior staff attorney John Midgley.
Last Tuesday Midgley wrote a letter to Herzer inquiring about the conditions at the county jails. Specifically, Midgley asked about reports of 1) People "being held in solitary confinement type conditions and only being allowed out for 15-30 minutes a day, which is not enough time to use the phone and shower." 2) "Some people" waiting "a week or more for clean uniforms including underwear." 3) Common areas not being cleaned. That Friday, public defenders and corrections officers joined forces to write a list of concerns about the COVID outbreak severely hobbling jail operations, with "one third of the jail locked in COVID protocols," delays of fresh meals, and limits on clients meeting with attorneys.Continue reading »