Here’s what’s new in the virus crisis:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*16,979 people have tested positive, 149 more than yesterday
*680 people have died, 1 more than yesterday
*2,068 people have been hospitalized, 15 more than yesterday
*345,323 people have been tested, 5,173 more than yesterday
One week ago, the four totals were 15,946/657/1,992/312,168.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.
CHANGE IN STATE DATA REPORTING: From the state Department of Health:
Today the Washington State Department of Health announced COVID-19 testing data will soon be reported using the total number of tests completed. This is a change from the current reporting, which reflects the total number of unique individuals ever tested.
For example, someone who has a negative COVID-19 test result in May then another negative result in July would only be counted once in the current reporting approach. The most recent test would not be included. That means testing data does not fully reflect the actual testing volume or the current test positive rate, since only the first negative result for each person is included.
“This new approach will give us the most complete and current picture of the actual amount of COVID-19 testing happening in our state,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “This also becomes important when comparing Washington state to other states.”
During this transition, the COVID-19 testing dashboards will not be updated and will show preliminary data through August 10 using the old methodology. We estimate this will take at least one week.
FREE TESTING TOMORROW: 8 am-3 pm Thursday, anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19 is invited to the basketball courts behind Neighborhood House-High Point (6400 Sylvan Way) for free walk-up testing with Neighborcare Health‘s mobile assessment team.
WEST SEATTLE YMCA REOPENING: Announced for next Tuesday.
HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL’S PLAN: Some in-person, some online.
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