CORONAVIRUS: The Friday 3/13 roundup

More announcements today, but not quite the deluge of each of the past two days. Here’s our nightly roundup:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From this afternoon’s Seattle-King County Public Health news release:

Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/12/20

328 confirmed cases (up 58 from yesterday)
32 confirmed deaths (up 5 from yesterday)

Deaths being reported today include:

A woman in her 90s, a resident of Life Care Center, who died on 3/6
A woman in her 90s, a resident of Life Care Center, who died on 3/6
A woman in her 80s, a resident of Life Care Center, who died on 3/4
A man in his 70s, who died at Overlake Medical Center on 3/9
A man in his 80s, who died at Swedish Issaquah on 3/11

Of the 32 deaths reported, 25 are associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland.

BRIDGE PARK FOLLOWUP: Following our report last night on the High Point senior-living complex’s notice that a resident has tested positive for COVID-19, we heard back from its owners today, and added that to the story, as well as the letter sent to families. No public word on how the patient is doing.

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION SITE PLAN CHANGES: Even before a single patient has arrived at the Top Hat quarantine/isolation site, an incident at the one in Kent led to the county announcing a change in plans.

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: This afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Supt. of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal briefed the media again. The governor expanded the school closure order to all K-12s statwwide and also to higher-education institutions. Here’s the video:

In Q&A, Inslee also debunked that National Guard rumor that’s been circulating (as he had done earlier on Twitter).

FARMERS’ MARKETS CLOSED: A mayoral order announced this afternoon means the West Seattle Farmers’ Market and others like it are closed until mid-April. WSFM management says it’s working on “creative solutions” to make its farmers’ produce/products available – they’re surveying customers’ interest.

LUNCH SITES FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS: Five West Seattle/South Park schools are among the 26 schools citywide where the district will start distributing sack lunches Monday. Here’s the story, with addresses and a map.

HELPING: Yesterday we told you about the Highland Park Elementary PTA marshaling volunteers and donors to help local students stay fed until the district operation fires up. Today, we found out about volunteers at Highland Park Improvement Club providing lunches to Sanislo Elementary students:

Among the volunteers who made/distributed more than 160 lunches, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (P.S. Here’s her latest newsletter, including lots of city info about the virus crisis.)

BUSINESSES: Lots of biznotes today – and more to come this weekend – as independent local businesses do their best to adapt to “social distancing” while still serving customers. Many are implementing strategies like delivery or pre-ordering for pickup (not just food businesses, which have long deployed those tactics). The West Seattle Junction Association has added two 15-minute parking spaces in each of its four free-parking lots to help make quick pickup possible. Look for signs like this:

Let us know what YOUR business is doing – – thank you!

WHAT’S CANCELED, POSTPONED, CHANGED LOCALLY: We’re continuing to update our West Seattle list – see it here (more updates tonight). If/when your organization, business, church, school, group, etc. has cancellations, postponements, changes, PLEASE let us know – or text/voice 206-293-6302.

WSB CONTINUING COVERAGE: All the stories published on WSB related to the COVID-19 situation are categorized so that you can find them anytime at We’re also continuing to use Twitter (@westseattleblog) for instant bursts. Any local info you’re NOT finding, please let us know so we can improve how we serve you.

P.S. How about some “poems to lean on,” as suggested by state Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna (a West Seattleite)?

28 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: The Friday 3/13 roundup"

  • Akemi Fujimoto March 14, 2020 (8:53 am)

    Please include the number of people who have recovered. 

    • WSB March 14, 2020 (9:57 am)

      King County does not report that data.
      There is a worldwide # on the Johns Hopkins map, which we include some days:
      However, there is no US number on their “recoveeed” breakout and I have no idea about their sources. I trust JH in general because they are a reputable health organization, though. – TR

      • Akemi March 15, 2020 (11:55 am)

        This is something. Thank you so much!

    • mrsB March 14, 2020 (10:40 am)

      it may be too soon for that information.

    • Ice March 14, 2020 (12:53 pm)

      We’re not going to have that data until next year unfortunately. The data that is coming out of Korea is interesting to look at if you are curious though, they’ve been doing a much better job tracking this than anywhere else

  • Joe March 14, 2020 (9:58 am)

    Anyone know if there are numbers for KC that show “hospitalized?”

  • anonyme March 14, 2020 (10:13 am)

    Earlier (last week?) there were a number of people expressing interest in helping seniors who are isolated.  The situation has only gotten worse.  Any word on volunteers who might be willing to do errands?  A centralized or local resource to request assistance?  Delivery costs that seem nominal to many people add up quickly for those living on small fixed incomes.

    • WSB March 14, 2020 (10:17 am)

      Right now in everything I’m seeing there is a preponderance of people who want to help but shortage of people asking for it. I suspect that by next week some of the established networks/organizations will have some plans in place. I’m ready to start building how to help/how to get help pages as the info comes in.

  • L March 14, 2020 (11:19 am)

    Thriftway will do curbside pickups for senior citizens, just call in to the customer service and give them the list and pickup time. 

    • Xy March 14, 2020 (12:06 pm)

      That’s awesome. 

  • dftl March 14, 2020 (12:15 pm)

    Fire Department staff:
    Quarantined (exposed without protective gear) – 22
    Out of Quarantine (return to normal duties) – 3
    Isolated (positive for Covid-19) – 8

    Washinton State epidemiologist charting shows coronavirus infections peaking in June.

  • CO March 14, 2020 (12:15 pm)

    Anyone else get a sense that all these numbers except confirmed carriers who have died are useless unless they are testing everyone ? 

  • Kara March 14, 2020 (12:27 pm)

    Ncov2919.liveinteresting to see the world numbers here

  • anonyme March 14, 2020 (1:22 pm)

    WSB, thanks for putting this together.  I suspect the requests will increase once the resources and contact info are made clear.  I’m surprised the Senior Center hasn’t done something like this, or the City of Seattle.  Once again, the WSB takes the lead…

  • WSCurmudgeon March 14, 2020 (3:34 pm)

    I’m 99.44% sure that the website Kara intended to draw our attention to is this one:

    Avi Schiffmann, a Mercer Island high school student, created the site to link multiple reliable sources of information in one convenient place.  Remember that name; he’s going places!

  • Drew March 14, 2020 (4:06 pm)

    Just moved to West Seattle, have a pregnant wife and I’m deploying out of country Monday with the navy. Really glad everyone in West a Seattle bought all the toilet paper, Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer so my 6 month pregnant wife cries in the morning every morning because she’ll run out soon and is stuck at home.  Glad we moved here! This city is great!

    • drahcir March 14, 2020 (5:12 pm)

      Wow let’s blame all of West Seattle for your problems.  The shelves at my Safeway were stocked with toilet paper yesterday, I bought one 8-pack … there were plenty left.  Did you speak with the customer service desk at your store to inquire about availability of products & when they might be re-stocked?  Have you tried placing an order online for either pickup or delivery?  Of course not, so much easier to blame others.And you’re right, this is a great city!

    • Jason March 14, 2020 (5:22 pm)

      Not just this city. It’s happening all over the country. 

    • bolo March 14, 2020 (5:40 pm)

      Sorry to hear that Drew. We experienced the same shortages on our recent shopping excursion. You never really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.

      Toilet paper is a good example

      Aside from that we improvised.

      It was easy enough to find a spray bottle, bleach, paper towels. Now we made our own surface disinfectant– a 10% bleach solution to spray on surfaces or on the paper towel itself.

      Made our own hand sanitizer out of gin and aloe vera. That one was more fun.

      Maybe your wife can also make do with these workarounds in the meantime?

    • Sarah McCaghren March 14, 2020 (5:58 pm)

      Drew, did you get the items that your wife needs?  Do you need help for her?  Does she have someone she is comfortable calling help?

      • Drew March 14, 2020 (7:14 pm)

        Well i couldn’t find the wipes, and we have some rolls of TP and since I leave that’s one less butt in the house so she can probably hang on for the week. I may try to send some from a military commissary when I get there. Amazon is all out through May when I tried ordering, the customer service guy at QFC said he didn’t know when they’d be in again apparently so not sure what else to do I’m open to suggestions. 

        • Sympathetic Neighbor March 14, 2020 (8:44 pm)

          I hope this doesn’t send you on a wild goose chase, but try places that aren’t “obvious”. I own a restaurant and we have been scrounging for paper towels. Ended up finding some at Office Depot. The International District has been REALLY struggling (thanks, racism) and a couple folks have told me that Asian grocery stores seem better stocked than western and they could probably use the support.

    • Lessstresspls March 14, 2020 (7:04 pm)

      Hi Drew! Does she have any other support here? Being pregnant isn’t easy especially when you are worried or anxious. I can imagine your stress level right now. If you guys need help let’s try to figure out a way. 

    • Pat March 14, 2020 (8:44 pm)

      My wife is 9 months pregnant and we’re a little freaked, but it’s worth mentioning that not all stores are being attacked by the panic hoarders.  Met Market, Whole Foods, and PCC are all too proud of their TP – so it’s a buck or two more, but they all felt or looked totally normal today when I was shopping.

      Just no hand sanitizer.i am going to try Tacoma Screw or Grainger for isopropyl 97% this week.also don’t hesitate to let us know if she wants a hand.

      We’re all in this mess together. Just post back if she’s interested and I’ll post my #.

      This really sucks and I can’t imagine what it would be like to leave my wife right now.  All I can say is thank you, and again, let me know if I – or anyone here – can be helpful.Pat

  • WSB March 14, 2020 (6:35 pm)

    It’s to the point where the state Health Department has even sent a “DON’T HOARD” plea that I’ll be publishing next.

  • MOMof4 March 15, 2020 (10:00 am)

    So sorry to hear about your experience, Drew.  I think you will find an extraordinarily helpful and supportive community here, even though you have experienced difficulties so far.  Please let us know how we can help, as I believe you will be surprised at the response even on this forum. We appreciate your willingness to serve our country and don’t want you to worry about your family in this way while you are gone.

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