Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan urged people who participated in demonstrations throughout the city over the past week to get tested for Covid-19, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office on Saturday.
“Over the last week, residents across Seattle have been gathering to build community and share their anger and frustration about the killing of George Floyd and injustices against black Americans, here in Seattle and across the country. While I believe everyone should exercise their right and speak out, we must also remember we’re in the middle of a pandemic,” Durkan said in the statement.
Durkan announced a new citywide testing program for Covid-19 that expands testing criteria to include people who participated in demonstrations.
Currently, testing is recommended for individuals experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus and those who have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 within the past 14 days.
“I recognize that many have put themselves at risk of exposure to make their voices heard, and this expanded criteria will ensure they can get tested at city test sites,” Durkan said.