Live: Coronavirus daily news updates, June 6: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

With vaccination rates in many parts of the U.S. and Europe increasing, more and more of life is re-opening, though the path taken on either side of the Atlantic differs markedly, with Europe and the U.K. taking a much more cautious tack.

Meanwhile, much of the rest of the world continues to struggle to obtain and administer vaccines.

We’re updating this page with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Seattle area, the U.S. and the world.

Click here to see previous days’ live updates and all our other coronavirus coverage, and here to see how we track the daily spread across Washington and the world.


Another COVID side effect: summer school

With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break.

The decision was unanimous: summer school.

“Getting them back into it, helping them socialize back with their friends, maybe meet some new people, and, of course, pick up the things that they lacked on Zoom,” the Durham County, North Carolina, mother said, ticking off her hopes for the session ahead, which will be the first time her children have been in the classroom since the outbreak took hold in the spring of 2020.

Across the U.S., more children than ever before could be in classrooms for summer school this year to make up for lost learning during the outbreak, which caused monumental disruptions in education. School districts nationwide are expanding their summer programs and offering bonuses to get teachers to take part.

Read the complete story from the Associated Press.


Labor shortage threatens restaurant recovery

At Ba Bar in South Lake Union, co-owner Teresa Nguyen picks up an order to take to a table  last week. Nguyen and her husband, Eric Banh, have to work the front of the house because they can’t find servers, hosts and chefs. They lost most of their employees when they had to shut down due to the pandemic and have not been able to replace them yet. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

At Ba Bar in South Lake Union, co-owner Teresa Nguyen picks up an order to take to a table last week. Nguyen and her husband, Eric Banh, have to work the front of the house because they can’t find servers, hosts and chefs. They lost most of their employees when they had to shut down due to the pandemic and have not been able to replace them yet. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

When Ba Bar restaurant in South Lake Union was preparing to reopen in May, owners Eric Banh and Teresa Nguyen had so much trouble hiring staff they had to host and bus tables themselves. When a cook went home sick, the kitchen was so short-staffed they had to shut the whole restaurant for the night.

It’s a similar story across town at Bar del Corso in Beacon Hill. On a recent Saturday, owner Jerry Corso was so short-staffed he had to multitask as pizzaiolo, prep cook, host and server, dessert-plater and takeout order taker.

Labor is so tight Corso won’t be able to fully open by June 30, when the last pandemic restrictions on restaurants are lifted. If he loses a single cook in meantime, “it really is panic mode,” Corso said.

Read the complete story here.

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