CORONAVIRUS: Monday 10/19 roundup

Here are tonight’s local pandemic-related toplines:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative countywide totals:

*25,269 people have tested positive, 172 more than yesterday’s total

*785 people have died, unchanged since Saturday

*2,498 people have been hospitalized, 18 more than yesterday’s total

*507,666 people have been tested, 22,372 more than yesterday’s total (apparently a correction of yesterday’s “data corrections”)

One week ago, the totals were 24.205/776/2,441/483,132.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here … but with this caveat.

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

TRICK-OR-TREATING CANCELED: Now all three of West Seattle’s usual business-district trick-or-treating events are off for this year, with Westwood Village‘s announcement today.

NEED FOOD? Again this week, Food Lifeline will distribute free emergency boxes of food to anyone who shows up, 2-5 pm Friday (October 23rd) at its South Park HQ, 815 S. 96th.

GIVING: Meantime, those who can give, are doing so abundantly – Pack 799‘s Scouting for Food door-to-door drive brought in triple the usual total!

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

15 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Monday 10/19 roundup"

  • dsa October 19, 2020 (11:14 pm)

    These numbers are bad news.  The trend has been in the wrong direction.

    • Cowboy October 20, 2020 (6:14 am)

      But let’s all go to the movies and sit in an enclosed space for a couple hours, and share the air anyway! Because…movie theater popcorn!

      • JJ October 20, 2020 (8:56 am)

        There is an element in our society that does not care about debilitating illness and death and is promoting mass infection. It’s survival of the fittest, eugenics plain and simple. It’s not a fringe group, they have power.

  • TJ October 20, 2020 (8:41 am)

    Then don’t go to the movies. And don’t criticize those that do go. At some point soon it’s going to have to be opened up and people can decide what they want to do on their own. “Covid complacency” is getting worse, but nobody should have been surprised by that. 

    • psps October 20, 2020 (9:49 am)

      Are you kidding? I’m all for letting people “decide what they want to do on their own” when it affects only themselves. In this case, it doesn’t work that way. You can be all “MAGA strong” or whatever, but your infection can spread to others even though they had the sense and respect for others that you apparently eschew. Try to think of someone other than yourself.

    • sigh October 20, 2020 (9:56 am)


      Try thinking about a person driving recklessly.  Someone says that’s dangerous, and your response is “Then don’t drive recklessly! And don’t criticize those that do!”

      Do you understand the parallels here?

      When reckless behaviour endangers others it is absolutely right to mock and criticize those that engage in it.

    • Chris K October 20, 2020 (11:27 am)

      TJ, this is why we have government – to protect the vulnerable from the decision of selfish and stupid people.

    • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy October 20, 2020 (3:03 pm)

      What people responding to TJ don’t seem to understand – the state government has deemed these activities are acceptable risk.  Your analogies to reckless driving and he must be a MAGA are silly.  Movie theaters are allowed to open at 25% capacity. If someone chooses to go that is up to them.

      • CLar October 20, 2020 (7:32 pm)

        Clearly there are those who disagree with that government assessment of acceptable risk and the reaction is to mock and berate and villify those who have the gall to disagree with their point of view and are ok with acting within that framework of acceptable risk.  That’s life on the island I guess. 

      • Cowboy October 21, 2020 (7:23 am)

        Our state leadership is essentially trying to find a middle ground, between two perspectives, but that doesn’t make these allowances safe or right.

        Our Governor has allowed theaters to open under certain guidance, but would he choose to go to the movies with his family at this time? Guessing probably not.

        Right now, the ‘movie theater popcorn freedom fighters’ and similar folks are giving the virus a leg up, and as a result, more lives will be lost.

        And yes, some of us have an opinion about this and will speak up.

      • sigh October 21, 2020 (7:49 am)

        mad guy, clar,

        Lol, what?

        No…If someone is doing something that endangers others it is absolutely reasonable to point this behaviour out, independent of whether or not it is legal.  

        People wearing all black clothes at night and darting into the road to cross a street?  Probably legal, BUT BAD IDEA.

        People owning loaded guns and leaving them out where they might get stolen?  Generally legal, BUT BAD IDEA.

        People beating their children?  Generally legal, BUT BAD IDEA.

        Going to the movies or bars in the middle of a goddamn pandemic?  Legal BUT BAD IDEA.

        You are absolutely off your rockers if you think it’s wrong to criticize people who not only endanger themselves but also their entire community because they want to go watch a movie. 

        And pointing out that we shouldn’t criticize it because it’s legal?  Are you children who cannot think for yourselves?  Grow up and think for yourselves, and understand that entire communities are at risk.

  • Em October 20, 2020 (1:29 pm)

    Has anyone recently gotten Covid test results back from the West Seattle test site on SW Thistle Street? How long did it take to get your results back? Yesterday they told me “72 hours or less” but I’m curious to hear anybody’s actual experience recently, with turnaround time. 

    • KJS October 20, 2020 (3:17 pm)

      I had both of my kids tested at the site at Southwest Athletic Complex on Thistle last week. We received the results in about 12 hours. They quoted me 48 hours turnaround time, but it was actually much quicker. 

  • Jim October 20, 2020 (2:59 pm)

    Aren’t the theaters  opening based on government guidance after staying closed based on the same guidance? How is that “MAGA Strong?” What else can a business owner do?

  • Matt October 20, 2020 (6:05 pm)

    Not as bad as Eastern WA, they love to not where masks or travel to Idaho where there is zero enforcement.  They are seeing 4-5x the case count per 100,000 people.  

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