CORONAVIRUS: Friday 10/2 roundup

31 weeks ago tonight – on February 28th – King County announced its first case of COVID-19. Tonight, the pandemic’s at a new stage, with the President in the hospital. Locally, here are the toplines:

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

*22,788 people have tested positive, 228 more than yesterday

*764 people have died, 6 more than yesterday (the first change in nine days)

*2,382 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday

*445,824 people have been tested, 4,215 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 21,896/758/2,353/425,279.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 34.5 million cases, 1,026,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

NEED TESTING? A reminder, the city-operated testing site in West Seattle – south side of the Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) – is open Saturdays. Go here to choose an appointment time.

DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: Donations of hygiene items and non-perishable food will be accepted during a special drop-in services day 10 am-2 pm Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe (north lot, 35th/Myrtle) – details here.

GOT INFO OR PHOTOS? or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

11 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Friday 10/2 roundup"

  • Bandana October 2, 2020 (10:05 pm)

    228 new cases are a bad sign. 

  • psps October 3, 2020 (12:57 am)

    We’re still in the “denial” stage. Lots of restaurants irresponsibly opening up for indoor dining, bars, etc. Even with trump himself sick from the “hoax,” I don’t see this changing until after we have a new and competent/trustworthy administration. There are more COVID-19 cases in the White House right now than in the entire country of Vietnam.

    • Lisa October 3, 2020 (7:41 am)

      @psps – just because someone is trying to keep their business from failing doesn’t mean they’re in denial. With little to no government support at this point, businesses are doing what they can to survive and sometimes that means keeping the doors open with strict protocols in place.

      Regarding Vietnam: one way they kept their case count low was by contact tracing and literally locking up people in prison-like conditions who had come in contact with infected people. Not sure we want to be more like Vietnam.

      • Wsres October 3, 2020 (10:47 pm)

        Vietnam is not “locking people up”. They are just making them quarantine for two weeks. A relative of mine has  to travel for his essential job and he said the Asian countries he travels to take this seriously and  the US where he travels to several states seem like no one cares if they get the virus. We need to take it more seriously, then we would not be number one in the world for virus deaths and cases.

  • Friend O'Dinghus October 3, 2020 (1:54 am)

    Thanks for that PSPS. Do you know, have they found further correlation between low infection rates in countries with high daily use of nasal irrigation (neti pot/navage)? I read months ago that countries like Vietnam and Thailand had exceptionally low rates of infection, and they suspected it was due to exceptionally high (population percentage) use of a sinus rinse each and every day. I have heard nothing else about it since then though. 

  • Joan October 3, 2020 (8:18 am)

    That is a LOT  of new cases!

  • Mj October 3, 2020 (8:40 am)

    psps – the response to this is as polarized as the current political situation.  Wearing a mask while indoors and other people are around, such as shopping, is a reasonable precaution.  But then I see people wearing masks while outside with no one around that is not necessary.  

    • wsperson October 3, 2020 (12:08 pm)

      I walk to do my errands and it’s easier to keep it on while walking from place to place, lots of people might have reasons for wearing them outside. It’s fine to wear a mask whenever you want, even outside, even in car, you can wear your mask anytime you like, it doesn’t mean anything other than you’re wearing a mask. 

    • Ws res October 3, 2020 (10:49 pm)

      You are the one politicizing it.  If people feel safer wearing a mask, then don’t worry about them. Let them feel safe. And thank you for wearing a mask around other people.

  • Smittytheclown October 3, 2020 (10:30 am)

    Greek row.  

    • WSB October 3, 2020 (11:06 am)

      If you use the dropdown on the geography tab of the daily summary to look at cities, it is not just one big breakout somewhere. Double-digit cities for yesterday (which should be viewable until today’s stats overwrite in the afternoon) – Seattle with 79, Kent with 26, Federal Way with 18, Auburn with 12, Renton with 11, Tukwila with 10. The rest are spread around the many other jurisdictions on the list, no others with double digits that day.

      (Added since.I was curious, population – Seattle 744K, Kent 129K, Federal Way 97K, Auburn 81K)

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