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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 hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.