CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 5/2 roundup

Starting the 10th week of the COVID-19 outbreak in King County, here’s our Saturday night roundup:

ONE MORE LOCAL DEATH: We’re continuing to check the by-zip-code breakdown on the Seattle-King County Public Health data dashboard. Today, the 98146 zip code – which includes Arbor Heights and The Arroyos as well as parts of Burien and unincorporated North Highline – added another death. The totals for the five zip codes that are all or partly within West Seattle:

98116 – 0
98136 – 1
98106 – 2
98146 – 4
98126 – 8

COUNTYWIDE TOTALS: Also from today’s SKCPH data dashboard update:

*6,507 people have tested positive, up 100 from yesterday

*456 people have died, up 7 from yesterday

One week ago, the totals were 5,811 and 399.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.

FARMERS’ MARKET REOPENS TOMORROW: The hours are the same (10 am-2 pm) but otherwise, lots of changes. The entrance will be at California/Alaska, and you’ll move north from there. The rest of how it will work is in the announcement we published Wednesday. Take the Shoppers’ Oath before you go! Here’s the list of vendors expected tomorrow…

NEIGHBOR DAY, PANDEMIC EDITION: Today was Neighbor Day! Since events are still not allowed, that meant neighbors doing acts of kindness for others. Example: Tamsen Spengler of the West Seattle Timebank reports, “West Seattle Timebank member Alice made 9 face masks for member Rachel’s family. Happy Neighbor Day exchange!” Tamsen also sent this photo of two of the recipients wearing the new masks:

SPEAKING OF MASKS … they were the hot topic in our weekly update on local grocery shopping.

MESSAGE IN A WINDOW: Thanks to Noodle for the photos of a West Seattle business-window sighting:

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

15 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 5/2 roundup"

  • Out for a Walk May 2, 2020 (11:35 pm)

    Thank you WS Blog, aka Tracy and Patrick. Your reporting, vigilance, and love  of  our community is SO  appreciated.  You are our community treasure!  And because of your ethics and professionalism we can not even compensate you.!  I realize advertising is one way to do that  but when  I am  an  individual reader I see no way to contribute to your ongoing success.  Thank you so much for your commitment to professional journalism (as opposed to often junk/fake  news on social outlets).  You have won awards for your journalism.   Would love to know if there is another way to contribute financially to your efforts. 

    • WSB May 3, 2020 (1:41 am)

      Thank you for your kind words and support. We’ve always had a PayPal account – we just don’t promote it (it’s mostly used this time of year for Garage Sale Day fees, although not this year since we had to cancel that) ….

      • Lin May 3, 2020 (8:32 am)

        I sent some $ to your link, it say A Drink of Water, etc.. I hope it’s the right one.

        • WSB May 3, 2020 (1:56 pm)

          Thank you! That’s our LLC name, chosen in 2007. Why we didn’t just call the LLC “West Seattle Blog,” I don’t remember any more, but that’s us.

  • Raye May 2, 2020 (11:44 pm)

    Zip code 98126 consistently has the highest number of deaths. Any idea why? It can’t be totally attributed to Mt. Saint Vincent-Providence and Brookdale Senior Living being in that zip code.

    • WSB May 3, 2020 (12:01 am)

      The Mount has had at least two deaths and Bridge Park has had at least one. But that aside, the county doesn’t break down any further than “by zip” so unless we hear from people directly, no way to know who or where anyone is.

    • Trickycoolj May 3, 2020 (2:03 pm)

      My guess is that 98126 includes High Point where many low income families are likely being exposed by working in the service industry. I distinctly remember one night a woman holding a cell phone in a courtyard across my alley was wailing and screaming with someone trying to console her. I noticed the next day 98126 ticked up 1. I hope that’s not what happened and I hope the woman is ok but it was a very raw scene and I had a sinking feeling it was covid related. 

  • randy May 3, 2020 (8:50 am)

    I am building my trust in this thought.Mark 5:36 Overhearing <span data-fn="#fen-NIV-24401a" class="footnote" data-link="[a]” style=”caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”> what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

  • Richard May 3, 2020 (10:34 am)

    The 14-day rolling average of positive tests for King County is now down to 103.  The rolling average has stayed below 108 for the past week which is encouraging.  To put this in perspective, 14 days ago (mid-April) the “14-day rolling average” of positive tests was 143.

    • wseakell May 3, 2020 (12:04 pm)

      Thanks Richard! I appreciate you explaining the data trends and look forward to your insight into these numbers. 

  • X May 3, 2020 (12:37 pm)

    I heard a rumor that it was starting to get busy at Providence Everett again… Now would be the time we would be seeing transmission linked to Boeing re-opening. Any validity to the rumor?

  • Sue T. May 3, 2020 (12:52 pm)

    Today’s (Sunday) Seattle Times reports that a West Seattle man has lost his mother and two sisters who lived together in Everett.

  • Park Lover May 4, 2020 (8:34 am)

    So very sad.  It is also very sad to see people completely ignoring the social distancing and park rules.  Last evening there was a large wedding reception group (a couple dozen) at Lincoln Park on the lawn between the beach shelters and restroom.  Few masks and lots of close contact.  I would not be surprised to see the park closed weekends again.  Consider how your actions contribute either to health or to more deaths coming in the second wave.  Is your “freedom” really worth unnecessary deaths, including first responders?Kudos to the kind and tireless Seattle Parks Dept folks who are doing their best to keep things safe, healthy and distanced.

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