CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 4/30 roundup

No announcements or pronouncements on the local front of the coronavirus crisis today, but of course we have notes for the nightly roundup:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health data dashboard:

*6,308 people have tested positive, up 126 from yesterday

*446 people have died, up 10 from yesterday

*1 of those deaths was in West Seattle – the 98126 zip code now has 7

One week ago, the countywide totals were 5,569 and 384.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: More than 3.2 million cases – a third of them in the U.S. See how that breaks out, nation by nation, here.

GOVERNOR SPEAKS TOMORROW: In his Wednesday briefing, Gov. Inslee promised more details Friday on the “phased” plan for getting to an end of the stay-home order at some unspecified time after May 4th. He’s set to speak at 2:30 pm tomorrow, joined by state health officials; you’ll be able to watch the livestream on TVW, and we’ll carry it too.

MANDATORY MASKS #1: The requirement is becoming a grocery-shopping trend.

MANDATORY MASKS #2: Labor and transit advocates are calling for them to be required when riding public transportation.

ARE PETS AT RISK OF COVID-19? Here’s a UW study that hopes to settle the issue.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS #3 6:30-7:30 pm Friday, SFD and SPD will be out cruising through neighborhoods, this time in the highlighted areas of this map. Even if you don’t see them, you might hear them – we heard the short siren/horn bursts last Friday night from miles away!

SIGNS TO SMILE BY: Thanks to Theresa for sending the photo of this fence display that no doubt brings smiles to those passing 46th SW/Glenn Way:

GOT INFO? Email us at or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!

8 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 4/30 roundup"

  • JDLR April 30, 2020 (11:46 pm)

    MANDATORY MASKS #2: Is there a place where the public can advocate for this? Understanding that it’s still difficult to find masks, I would be 100% for mandatory masks on public transportation if transit can provide them.

    • WSB May 1, 2020 (12:54 am)

      Metro management, King County Council, even the Seattle-King County Public Health dept….

    • bolo May 1, 2020 (11:37 am)

      Can you find a bandanna? That’s what I use. Leaving the real masks for the healthcare professionals as they are still having difficulties procuring them.

  • Rick May 1, 2020 (7:07 am)

    Really didn’t think I’d live this long. But neither did my Dad. Or his,or………what the heck,have a GREAT DAY!

  • Sew May 1, 2020 (11:50 am)

     Is there any more information on the uptick in deaths in the 98126 ZIP? Does it have to do with the outbreak at Providence Mount St. Vincent? Sorry, I think this question has already been asked, but I couldn’t find which post it was on to see if there was a reply. Thank you.

    • WSB May 1, 2020 (11:54 am)

      98126 includes both The Mount and Bridge Park, both of which have reported deaths. The county does not provide any breakdown so we have no knowledge beyond that (and those are both self-reported, not mandated … The Mount has provided us with updates; for Bridge Park, we only knew because residents’ families shared the info – the ownership company responded to our followup inquiries once and then stopped replying).

  • Mj May 1, 2020 (12:04 pm)

    And since March 7, 2020 787,533 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Washinton State!

  • LoveMyCommunity May 1, 2020 (4:24 pm)

    I see so many people not wearing masks, or even bandanas or something, anything. It’s a fact that many people can carry and pass on the virus even while asymptotic. Is it just ignorance? arrogance? I just don’t understand it. If we all wear them we can protect each other but some people just don’t seem to care. In the meantime the number of those dying of the virus is going up in our immediate community. 

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