CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 7/1 roundup

A very different July begins. Here’s our nightly virus-crisis local roundup:

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

*10,356 people have tested positive, 149 more than yesterday

*589 people have died, 3 more than yesterday

*1,600 people have been hospitalized, 11 more than yesterday

*171,737 people have been tested, 4.456 more than yesterday

One week ago, the four totals were 9,502/583/1,555/150,096.

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

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

NOT JUST AN OLDER PERSON’S DISEASE: SKC Public Health notes that almost half the new cases are in people under 40.

RESTAURANT ‘REVERTS’: Arthur’s decides to pull back on indoor dining.

FRAUD CHARGES: A local doctor is charged with two federal counts of fraud, accused of trying to get $3 million in coronavirus-relief money.

COURT REOPENING: The Seattle Municipal Court says some in-person operations will resume next week.

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17 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 7/1 roundup"

  • Andy July 2, 2020 (7:50 am)

    Washington State overtook Colorado yesterday in total cases, so we aren’t looking good. Sadly it looks like (with taking lag into account) there is a pretty obvious correlation between the protests and the rise in infection :(

    Hope everyone stays safe – wear a mask, maintain distance, and stay at home if you don’t have to be out.

    • WS REZZ July 2, 2020 (11:55 am)

      Andy, you’re wrong. I went to multiple protests and 99% of protesters were wearing masks. I’m just going to leave this here so you can read it and learn something hopefully:

    • Lina Rose July 2, 2020 (12:23 pm)

      @Andy, that is not what the research data and contact tracing is showing as the main cause in the rise in infection numbers.  It would be beneficial to be more careful in what you share as an ‘obvious correlation’ because if the data does not actually back that up – we run the risk of deflecting attention away from other potential causes of the rise.  I will refrain from commenting on what the causes of the rise are, I just don’t know enough.  But – I do know that data shows that the impact of protests on this rise was not central.

  • J July 2, 2020 (8:58 am)

    Hospitalizations are starting to rise… deaths come next, hopefully the deaths won’t be as bad this time in a younger population, and now that doctors have learned to treat hypoxia, inflammation, and clotting disorders rather than just throw everyone on ventilators. The time we bought for researchers with our lockdown may still be saving lives.

  • smittytheclown July 2, 2020 (11:51 am)

    #25 Nationally in deaths/million.  Not bad considering we had such a huge early outbreak in assisted living homes.  Yet, above FL and TX who are getting slammed by the media who reside in the state with more than 1/4 of total US deaths.  Ironic.

    • J July 2, 2020 (2:22 pm)

      I wouldn’t count on our death rate being an accurate picture of what was actually happening in our care facilities in February, March, April and even May. COVID deaths mimic a natural progression of underlying conditions such as dementia, respiratory, and vascular conditions, especially in seniors, and we were not testing sufficiently. My guess is that most of the deaths above and beyond historical norms from this time period were COVID19, just not recognized.

    • heartless July 2, 2020 (2:36 pm)

      It’s not a competition between states.

      I haven’t seen any reporters “slamming” Florida and Texas, so I can’t authoritatively speak to what you are referencing, but perhaps it’s more borne out of worry and a vision of what’s to come? 

      Based on the meters you linked, it looks really, really bad for a lot of people–and, yes, that includes those in Florida and Texas–if you sort by total cases, or by recent deaths, or, frankly, by almost anything, it becomes clear just how dire the situation is.  

      And in even more dispiriting news:

      • flimflam July 2, 2020 (3:38 pm)

        yes, our country is failing miserably at this – “ain’y nobody gonna tells me whut ta do!!”

      • Smittytheclown July 2, 2020 (4:40 pm)

        Actually deaths, the most important metric, are still decliningWe are doing more testing, and by he way, rank way higher than a lot of European countries in deaths per million.

      • Smittytheclown July 2, 2020 (4:42 pm)

        Europe deaths per million.

  • wssz July 2, 2020 (6:29 pm)

    If employees in a business aren’t wearing face masks, are we supposed to report it? I went to a gas station last week and neither of the two employees were wearing one, including the person inside where I was supposed pay. I left right away and went to another station. 

  • Mask wearer July 2, 2020 (7:00 pm)

    Okay okay ASPCA, I will donate! I will donate now!

    (anyone who has been watching way too much CNN news in recent months during the pandemic should understand this reference. These commercials are heartbreaking. Please save these animals!)

  • Mask wearer July 2, 2020 (10:15 pm)

    Sobering indeed…

    “The US is adding one Wuhan a day,” says the VP of growth at Course Hero, Tomás Pueyo. “…That’s giving you a sense of what the rest of the world thinks of the United States.”

  • Mj July 2, 2020 (10:37 pm)

    flimflam – there is truth to your comment no one is going to tell me what to do is a culprit.  however people where generally trying to social distance and tow the line before the demonstrations but after seeing the Social Distancing being flaunted and the Governor and Mayor not doing anything to encourage Social Distancing be kept sent a mixed message to people.  This mixed signalling caused some people who were towing the line to cut loose.  

    • Mask wearer July 3, 2020 (10:21 am)

      Mj, I don’t think you understand what protesting is or how it works.

      Also, it’s been said numerous times, the protestors have largely been wearing masks, they are moving around, and have been outdoors.

      The state strongly encouraged anyone protesting to wear a mask, and to get tested afterwards, and contact tracing is happening, so when people test positive, they can identify if there is a correlation with the protests. So far there has not been any correlation of an outbreak from the protests.

      Every time someone brings up the protests and suggests they are to blame for a surge in cases, even though there is no evidence of this, it reads as subtly racist.  It’s offensive, please stop.

  • Mj July 3, 2020 (10:51 pm)

    Mask wearer – you missed the point of my comment.  

    • Mask wearer July 4, 2020 (8:11 am)

      I understood the point you were trying to make.

      You and some others have commented more than once trying to cast some blame and shame on the protests, one way or another, even though there has been no correlation identified through contact tracing. Please stop.

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