CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 3/8 toplines – updated numbers; cruise concerns; college reminder; more…

Our nightly roundup of local (mostly, this time) info related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

KING COUNTY NUMBERS UPDATE: From the daily Seattle-King County Public Health update:

12 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported to Public Health – Seattle & King County through 11:59 p.m. on 3/7/20, bringing the total number of reported King County cases to 83.

Of the 12 new cases reported today, two are deaths. The total number of deaths reported to Public Health is now 17. The two deaths being reported today include:

A woman in her 80s, a Life Care Center resident, was hospitalized at EvergreenHealth, and who died on 3/6/20
A man in his 90s, a Life Care Center resident, was hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center, and who died 3/5/20

Of the 17 deaths reported, 16 are associated with Life Care Center.

NEW FORMAT FOR DAILY STATEWIDE REPORTS: As mentioned last night, the state changed the time and format for its daily reports (which are always at this link). Now it’s including the breakdown by age groups among confirmed COVID-19 cases among other stats – here are screengrabs from today’s report:

Again, those are STATEWIDE numbers. We have generally been just publishing the King County numbers in this nightly report, but with the format change, the statewide report seemed worth a closer look tonight.

LOOKING FOR A WORLDWIDE OVERVIEW? Try the Johns Hopkins-produced dashboard.

CRUISE CONCERNS + WHAT WE DISCOVERED ABOUT ONE QUARANTINED SHIP: With Seattle a major, albeit seasonal, cruise-ship hub, it’s worth noting that the State Department tweeted today that Americans should avoid cruising because of the coronavirus outbreak:

The cruise season in Seattle is scheduled to start April 1st – and when we looked up the schedule (PDF) tonight, we discovered that the first ship scheduled to call here is Grand Princess, currently dealing with a COVID-19 crisis. Grand Princess’s scheduled stop is its only Seattle visit on the schedule; it’s not listed as one of the ships slated to be based from here this season. But we’ll be following up tomorrow with the cruise line and the Port of Seattle.

(Port of Seattle photo, October 2019)

Added: Grand Princess also was the last cruise ship to stop in Seattle last year. 2nd addition: Here’s a comment from the port:

We appreciate the work of the federal government and cruise lines to institute new protocols related to cruise passenger safety and health. This is a rapidly developing situation and we are in daily contact with federal and local officials.

The safety, health, and well-being of cruise passengers, employees, community, and first responders always comes first. Therefore, we are actively reviewing multiple options about the launch of the 2020 cruise season with our cruise operators, the United States Coast Guard, public health authorities, and local leaders. We are using the time before cruise season starts to closely coordinate with our partners. We will report back to the public soon with further information about our upcoming plans for the season.

SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE REMINDER: In case you missed the Saturday announcement, a reminder – South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) is ceasing most in-person classes and moving to “alternative modes of instruction” for the rest of winter quarter starting Tuesday, after taking tomorrow to plan and communicate. SSC’s updates are here.

GLOBAL READING CHALLENGE: With Seattle Public Library events canceled – though the facilities remain open – that mean the Global Reading Challenge semifinals, set to start continuing tomorrow morning, are going “virtual.”

WHAT’S CANCELED, POSTPONED, CHANGED LOCALLY: We’re keeping a West Seattle list – see it here. If your organization, business, church, school, group, etc. has cancellations, postponements, changes, PLEASE let us know – or text/voice 206-293-6302.

WSB CONTINUING COVERAGE: Everything we publish related to the COVID-19 situation is categorized so that you can find it anytime at We’re also using Twitter (@westseattleblog) for instant bursts.

21 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 3/8 toplines - updated numbers; cruise concerns; college reminder; more..."

  • Sue L. March 9, 2020 (12:49 am)

    At this critical time when misinformation surrounds us, I’m really impressed by the thorough reporting that the West Seattle Blog does. Everybody in West Seattle should be grateful for your professional work. ♥️

    • WSB March 9, 2020 (1:25 am)

      Thank you for the kind words. – TR

  • BettyTheYeti March 9, 2020 (5:53 am)

    Truly, TR.  The WSB one of few news sources I trust.

    • HS March 9, 2020 (7:44 am)

      I second that.

  • anonyme March 9, 2020 (7:04 am)

    Agreed.  The most thorough and accurate coverage is right here on the WSB.  Our entire region should be using this resource.

  • zephyr March 9, 2020 (8:57 am)

    You may want to post this or get more information.  I got an automated call from US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal yesterday announcing that tonight, Monday, March 9 there would be a telephone town hall on the Covid-19 outbreak in Washington.  It’s rather difficult to find this particular info on her website, but I did found this buried down at the bottom of the main page: 6 pm PT, Dial:  855-286-0292 or online at………………………………………………………….Quote:  “Given growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (formerly
    Coronavirus), I will be holding a telephone town hall & briefing
    next Monday, March 9th at 6:00 pm PT. I will be joined by local public
    health officials who will provide updates & help answer questions.
    Info below.

    • WSB March 9, 2020 (10:29 am)

      Thanks, interesting, I get their news releases in two mailboxes for both our publications but nothing on that so far. Have just sent a note to ask. – TR

    • waikikgirl March 9, 2020 (10:36 am)

      I got the same voicemail yesterday from her on my cell phone stating the exact same thing as Zephyr has said.

      • WSB March 9, 2020 (11:52 am)

        Confirmed, thank you! We’ll do our best to listen in so we can write about it, too.

  • Yma March 9, 2020 (9:30 am)

    I’ve pointed friends & family in other parts of the country to WSBlog because of the sane, factual information.

  • Rick March 9, 2020 (10:02 am)

    What is a topline? Do you mean headline?

    • KBear March 9, 2020 (10:42 am)

      Rick, on the off chance that you have access to the internet, here’s a link that might be helpful to you:

      • Curate March 9, 2020 (11:34 am)

        @kbear that was helpful but snarky at the same time. @Rick just asked an honest question, without attitude.

        • WS REZ March 9, 2020 (2:13 pm)

          @Curate that wasn’t rude at all. You must have read it that way in your head. Also, in my opinion, I thought it was silly for Rick to even ask this question to start. It’s the least concerning part and hardly even relevant. Topline, headline, if you’re that concerned about the verbiage, google it and educate yourself on vocabulary or terms.

          • momosmom March 9, 2020 (3:14 pm)

            Geez talk about snarky. Are people getting a little bit of cabin-fever?

  • Sharon N. March 9, 2020 (10:06 am)

    Thank you for continuing to give us good information.  This allows all of us to make good decisions.  

  • Jill Forsberg March 9, 2020 (1:15 pm)

    Any word if new Covid cases are located in or around West Seattle? 

    • WSB March 9, 2020 (1:29 pm)

      Nothing mentioned in this area. However, it should be noted, King County is no longer mentioning even general locations in its number updates. Here’s today’s BTW:

      • Mandu420 March 9, 2020 (2:10 pm)

        I get there are privacy issues, but it’s troubling not being able to get this basic kind of info.

        • Mickymse March 9, 2020 (2:38 pm)

          You should assume that it is here in West Seattle, just like the cold and flu are here in West Seattle. Wash your hands regularly, and follow other precautions, as has been mentioned elsewhere. If you’re in a high risk population, consider staying home as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Recommendations and whether or not you choose to follow them should not be dependent upon whether officially recognized cases of transmission and/or deaths happen here or in Kirkland. Someone brought it into Life Care Center from somewhere in Washington.    

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