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Frustration, rage and surging COVID-19: This is not the summer we hoped for

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By Naomi Ishisaka

SEATTLE ― Remember hot vax summer?

Yeah, that was a cute idea.

I remember the hope and optimism of the spring as vaccines rolled out earlier than expected and things began to open up. People began traveling again, reconnecting with loved ones whom they hadn't seen in a year and started to get out and do things again.

There seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel ― finally. We were looking ahead to a summer ― and future ― of fun, friends and starting to put this dreadful pandemic in the rearview mirror.

Now it feels like the light at the end of the tunnel has been extinguished by an avalanche.

We seem to be going backward, with the powerful delta variant wreaking havoc and bringing cases in Washington back up to the peak levels from last fall and winter. This surge, of course, is fueled by the about half of the population nationwide who are not fully vaccinated and are giving the virus an opportunity to strengthen and mutate into more and more dangerous forms.

In Washington, the state Department of Health said we are seeing a "sharp increase" in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, driven by the delta variant tearing through the unvaccinated population. Less than a month after King County dropped its indoor masking mandate for vaccinated people in late June, the county's top public health official recommended everyone put masks back........

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