CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 5/13 roundup

Time for our nightly roundup of local toplines in the coronavirus crisis:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the daily-summary data dashboard:

*7,221 people have tested positive, up 42 since yesterday

*514 people have died, up 3 since yesterday

One week ago, those numbers were 6,770 and 474.

ANOTHER LOCAL DEATH: The dashboard also shows a new death in 98146, which now has lost 6 people to COVID-19.

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

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

NEED TO GET TESTED? A drive-thru testing event at not-far T-Mobile Park continues tomorrow

2 MORE HYGIENE STATIONS IN WEST SEATTLE: The Junction and South Delridge are the newest installation locations.

NEARBY QUARANTINE/ISOLATION CENTER STILL NOT NEEDED: We monitored the county’s weekly update call for White Center, started after the uproar that followed the announcement and establishment of a quarantine/isolation center in nearby Top Hat. County reps recently said the center won’t open unless those already open elsewhere in the county max out, and they’re a long way from that – today’s update noted 40 people total in the open centers (Kent, Issaquah, Shoreline, North Seattle), more than 100 below capacity. (And since that mid-afternoon call, there’s a new, lower total – 35.)

PHASE 2 RULES FOR SALONS, SPAS, OTHER PERSONAL-CARE BUSINESSES: The governor’s office has released the rules under which these types of businesses will be allowed to operate when reopening reaches Phase 2. See them here.

NEED FOOD? Food Lifeline has announced more distribution events – everyone’s welcome to drive up and get a 20+-pound box of food, no proof of need required. Here are the two closest to West Seattle:

Food Lifeline SODO Warehouse – 1440 East Marginal Way South
Friday, May 15th, at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Food Lifeline (Main Location)– 815 South 96th Street (South Park)
Friday, May 15th, at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8 PM SALUTE: Washington State Ferries says its under-way vessels will blow their whistles at 8 pm nightly in honor of front-line workers. (Walking within earshot of the Fauntleroy dock at 8 tonight, we didn’t hear anything, but we did hear nearby residents “making a joyful noise” with bells and noisemakers!)

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

13 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 5/13 roundup"

  • HD May 13, 2020 (10:00 pm)

    Did I read this correctly? I can get my hair cut by a professional?!?!

    • WSB May 13, 2020 (10:01 pm)

      When Phase 2 starts. Most of the state remains in Phase 1.

      • HD May 13, 2020 (10:28 pm)

        Dang! :( oh well!  Stay safe everyone! 

  • M May 13, 2020 (11:46 pm)

    Tracy,Is there a link to rules for massage therapy and physical therapy?  I know of a place for physical therapy that doesn’t require their employees to wear face masks 

    • HS May 14, 2020 (9:13 am)

      M, the link above ( has released the rules ) identifies personal services businesses in Phase 2. It notes that PT and massage are not included. Those services are regulated, health and safety standards of practice, by the  WA Department of Health. You can verify protocols during covid-19 on their site.

    • 11 May 14, 2020 (9:18 am)

      Therapist here, I’d like to know what physical therapy practice you’re referring to as that is extremely unsafe and shouldn’t be happening.

  • ScubaFrog May 14, 2020 (12:30 am)

    King County, with  2,204,230+ people is down to 40+/- cases per day!  That’s amazing.It’s still so hard to quantify the human toll.  1 case is too many.  I’m extraordinarily proud of West Seattle for its steadfast discipline.  Keeping our thing going, getting cases down further until phase 2,3,4.  If we see a 2nd wave, I believe not only in our great community, but in our city and the greater Seattle area.  We can batten down the hatches again and face down this enemy with courage, dignity, and as Dylan Thomas said, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

    • Greg May 14, 2020 (1:31 am)

      SCUBA FROG, YES!     A long time ago, a city planner that retired in WS told me that WS was the largest single family residential area in Seattle by acreage.  He said that Capitol Hill was the densest.  He further said that it was his opinion that 16th and Roxbury was the true center of Seattle.  I believe that he meant that Whitecenter is bereft of it’s due.  If one puts a pin in a map at 16th and Roxbury and you unravel string in circles you begin to pick up favorable indicators that algorithms can’t really appreciate.  With the bridge out, I get it .

  • anonyme May 14, 2020 (7:11 am)

    A warning slightly related to Covid-19: mail thieves are out IN FORCE.  Yesterday around 5:30 I witnessed a white sedan pull up at the corner of 35th & 102nd.  Two people got out and bolted in different directions.  The car sped off, with several other people still inside.  I saw the woman immediately go up to the mailboxes in front of a neighbor’s house.  I then witnessed her quickly move down the block, checking every mailbox.  Police were called.  With stimulus checks going out on a weekly basis, this problem is likely to get even worse than it already was.  They appear to be working in organized crews.

  • Mj May 14, 2020 (9:56 am)

    Scuba Frog – you stated one case is too many.  I ask at what economic cost are you willing to accept?  

    • ARPigeonPoint May 14, 2020 (11:30 am)


    • Pilsner May 14, 2020 (3:47 pm)

      Human’s created money and human’s created debt. We only have ourselves to blame for economic woes.

  • safety man May 14, 2020 (4:24 pm)

    Road down to Alki on my bike today. Great day to lounge on the beach and get a nice tan. There was about 25 others hanging out in the sand. Just like the old days. Noticed a couple cops too, just taking it easy. I am not worried.

Sorry, comment time is over.