CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 8/22 roundup

A few virus-crisis notes on August’s second-to-last Saturday::

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*18,570 people have tested positive, 152 more than yesterday

*708 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*2,150 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday

*338,397 people have been tested, 1,808 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 17.514/686/2,087/314,854.

WEST SEATTLE TREND: In case you missed this in the comment discussion last night – we’re going to start including this weekly. The numbers are accessible from the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, and checking the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” In the past 2 weeks, 41 positive test results were reported; in the 2 weeks before that, 92; in the two weeks before that, 114.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 23.2 million people have tested positive, and more than 804,000 have died. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa – same as the past 4 weeks. See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

PANDEMIC POLLUTION REDUCTION: From the WSB inbox: A UW scientist led a study of how lockdown affected air pollution in China; this new report says the findings resembled what UW researchers found earlier in a look at major US cities including Seattle.

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5 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 8/22 roundup"

  • JJ August 23, 2020 (8:36 am)

    I wonder if we are testing less, or if our facilities have reached some level of herd immunity, or if they’ve stopped reporting, or if our dear leaders are “cleaning up” our data, or if masks are starting to work in a big way. The downward trends might be very good news. Now that the public knows it’s airborne we can all make strategic decisions in our daily lives. Keep up the masking along with everything else, it looks like it might be very effective.

    • trickycoolj August 23, 2020 (5:54 pm)

      No shortage of people waiting to be tested at the Aurora site yesterday morning when it opened, including cars full with 4 people getting tested.  They got my results to me in less than 24hrs, I’m super impressed.  UW is really knocking it out of the park right now.

  • beanie August 23, 2020 (8:41 am)

    Thank you for the addition of the 2-week trend! 

  • M August 23, 2020 (10:24 am)

    So with the 2 week trend and assuming 100,000 people in West Seattle. Would that make our trend 41 per 100,000?  Not sure exactly how they calculate it.

  • dsa August 23, 2020 (1:14 pm)

    I don’t see any change.  The first number that always is reported: “*18,570 people have tested positive”is about 1,100 more than a week ago as reported later in the story: “One week ago, those totals were 17.514″.   It has been that way since just after opening up if I recall correctly.  On the other hand, prior to opening up the difference between the two totals was around 300. 

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