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Listen: Is Washington on track to open June 30? Are variants a concern?

Andreea Marian, right, gives a COVID-19 vaccine to Cristian Hernandez, 16, as his mother Gabina Morales, who had her vaccine moments earlier, looks on at a vaccination clinic at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center on June 3, 2021, in Bellingham.
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Andreea Marian, right, gives a COVID-19 vaccine to Cristian Hernandez, 16, as his mother Gabina Morales, who had her vaccine moments earlier, looks on at a vaccination clinic at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center on June 3, 2021, in Bellingham.

Washington state is in an ambiguous place with COVID-19. The state plans to fully reopen once 70% of the population over the age of 16 initiates vaccination. Current estimates suggest the state won’t hit that number before June 30, but the state plans to reopen on that day anyway.

We also aren't sure how well Washington’s COVID-19 lottery is working yet. And there’s a new strain of COVID-19 that’s deadlier and more contagious.

Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about all of this with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."