CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 5/21 roundup

Here’s our nightly roundup, running way later than usual tonight because of breaking news:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*7,645 people have tested positive, up 28 from yesterday

*534 people have died, up 4 from yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 7,307 and 514.

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

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: More than 5.1 million cases. See the global outbreak breakout, nation by nation, here.

GOVERNOR CANCELS: Last night we mentioned the governor had another briefing scheduled this morning. Didn’t happen – a cancellation announcement was sent this morning instead.

HASHTAG FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: From the state Health Department, urging you to #RecreateResponsibly:

The long weekend is a welcome opportunity for families and households to get outside for fresh air and exercise. Most state lands and parks are now open for day use; camping at state parks is still not allowed. Here are some reminders about how to #RecreateResponsibly while we all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19:

*Stay local. Find a place to hike, picnic, or take a walk that is close to home. Please avoid traveling outside your own county borders to popular destinations

*Avoid crowded areas. Public gatherings are still not allowed.

*Enjoy the outdoors with people in your immediate household.

*Follow physical distancing and etiquette rules such as wearing a cloth face covering and staying six feet apart from others.

As long as we all #RecreateResponsibly, spending time outside is good for our mental and physical health.

SPEAKING OF HASHTAGS … here’s more on what #SeattleTogether is about.

ALSO FROM THE CITY … a new toolkit to help small businesses and nonprofits who need to renegotiate their rent.

UNEMPLOYMENT INFO: Nonprofit Neighborhood House has produced informational videos in 9 languages.

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

2 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 5/21 roundup"

  • ScubaFrog May 22, 2020 (11:05 am)

    Great numbers, King County!!  Thanks for posting these consistently WSB, how hopeful is this!  I’ve watched these numbers consistently go from 150 cases per day, and now we’re in the 20’s!  The suffering is way down.  We may have effective life-saving treatment protocols with antibody treatment, and Remdesivir for less-serious cases (to limit length of hospital stays).  It’s perhaps prudent not to get our hopes up, as we have no vaccine, and nothing concrete.  But there’s HOPE!!  <3

    • Olivia May 22, 2020 (5:10 pm)

      ScubaFrog we need more commenters like you sounding off on here with your positivity. :) I appreciate you spreading the optimism and love. And I appreciate WSB for posting these stats too and breaking them down for me! Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone.

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