CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 10/31 roundup, including the weekly West Seattle trend check, and no-contact trick-or-treat tactics

As October ends, here’s our roundup of news and notes related to the virus crisis:

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

*27,757 people have tested positive, 334 more than yesterday’s total (97 in Seattle)

*804 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*2,577 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday’s total

*537,516 people have been tested, 185 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 26,181/789/2,527/526,121.

WEST SEATTLE TREND: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers accessible in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, combining the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” As with the county in general, we’re on an upswing – in the past 2 weeks, 112 positive test results were reported; 62 in the 2 weeks before that; 45 in the two weeks before that.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 46 million people have tested positive, and more than 1,194,000 people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 230,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, Russia, France (same as last week except that Brazil and Russia have traded places). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is at California/Alaska every Sunday, by the Farmers’ Market entrance, continuing tomorrow, 10 am-1:30 pm, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

NO-CONTACT TRICK-OR-TREATING: So much creativity in this pandemic-era Halloween! We put little bags of candy out on a chair and had more trick-or-treaters than any year in memory, but so many others deployed much-more-fun setups. Here are a few of the photos sent to/tweeted at us. First, MC‘s candy wall:

Matthew‘s candy chute:

Here’s how things looked at Robin‘s house:

John invited trick-or-treaters to howl:

Lisa‘s kids Sawyer and Ella designed this:

And see Melani‘s “trick-or-treat tree” on Instagram.

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9 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 10/31 roundup, including the weekly West Seattle trend check, and no-contact trick-or-treat tactics"

  • Melo October 31, 2020 (11:24 pm)

    We had THREE trick or treaters! Hahah. I was expecting a smaller turnout but not that small. We had individual bags set up on a table in our front yard. Glad to hear other people had a big turnout!

  • Numb October 31, 2020 (11:28 pm)

    That’s the same total they had listed at 9:48am this morning.

    • WSB November 1, 2020 (12:30 am)

      Yes, they did the daily update early. Usually it’s in the afternoon. But regardless of what time they post it, it’s always where the data stood as of the previous midnight.

  • flimflam November 1, 2020 (6:08 am)

    that seems like a pretty big jump in cases for the county. i’m guessing indoor dining hasn’t helped this trend, not to mention folks doing stuff over the summer/gathering.i’m surprised there hasn’t been a roll back to phase 1, frankly. not a peep out of city /state leadership either…

    • WSB November 1, 2020 (8:21 am)

      “Not a peep” is not true in the slightest. The governor has multiple briefings each week; state health officials havd their weekly addition to often appearing with the governor; the county issues updates too. Might not be the “peep” you are looking for but believe me, in assembling these roundups nightly for almost eight months now. they’re speaking (and we summarize/link the briefing videos most of the time, too). Problem is more like, not enough people listening. – TR

      P.S. Best place to catch up on who’s saying what is Twitter. Much less cluttered than other social media, which is why we prefer it for quick checks/updates. Example yesterday from the mayor:

  • anonyme November 1, 2020 (6:14 am)

    I heard more trick-or-treaters last night than ever before.  They were quite rowdy and apparently have picked up the trick of shining flashlights in windows and yards.  There were also at least two large parties on my block.  It’s good that kids get to let off some harmless steam.  I just hope it doesn’t result in a spike…

  • Stay well November 1, 2020 (8:04 am)

    One thing I’ve been noticing is people have returned to lax grocery shopping… lingering way too long to ‘window shop’ things they don’t really need, touching a lot of things and setting them back down, stopping in an aisle and chatting at length with neighbors, etc.

    Come on folks, remember at the start of this when we had the good sense to go prepared, get in and out, treating it like a necessary mission, rather than a fun and social outing? We need to get back to this mentality, to curb the spread right now.

    On a lighter note, to egg nog fans…

    Egg nog is not cancelled, add it to the list.

  • voting November 1, 2020 (11:57 am)

    I did a contact-less treat set-up last night similar to one of the ones seen in your photo montage. Decorated my porch, etc. I watched from inside the house and no one came by….until about 8:30 p.m. and a large man with one or two kids came by. He waved at me twice (me, thinking he was silently thanking me for the candy) and I went outside a few minutes later and the entire tray of candy including the tray itself was GONE. What a Halloween Grinch! The only good thing to come of this is that I don’t have to eat a lot of leftover candy and pack on an additional 5 Covid pounds.

  • Peter November 1, 2020 (4:17 pm)

    We were expecting fewer trick or treaters , but actually had more than the last couple of years. We ran out of treats. 

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