CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 11/15 roundup

A new crackdown, not a lockdown, is tonight’s biggest virus-crisis news:

GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT: The “third wave” of COVID-19 is here, and so are new statewide restrictions to try to hold it at bay. No indoor dining/drinking tops the list announced this morning by Gov. Inslee; also, no indoor operations for fitness facilities; bowling alleys and movie theaters must close; retail and personal services are capped at 25% capacity indoors; no real-estate in-person open houses; new rules for weddings, funerals, indoor religious services, and long-term facilities; and more. See the full list here; our as-it-happened coverage from earlier today is here. The new rules take effect at midnight tomorrow night, except for the restaurant/bar changes, which go into effect at midnight Wednesday night.

KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: Now, the reason for the new rules – the surge continues, as shown by the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*34,537 people have tested positive, up 542 from yesterday’s total

*828 people have died, unchanged since Friday

*2,834 people have been hospitalized, up 36 from yesterday’s total

*597,550 people have been tested, up 5,351 from yesterday’s total

One week ago, the King County totals were 30,866/811/2,639/568,836.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 54.3 million cases and 1,317.000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.

NEED A TEST? It’s a daily question now – where to get tested? So we’re reminding you that West Seattle has one of the major citywide sites where you can get a free test, even if you’re not experiencing symptoms – Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle), Mondays through Saturdays, 8:45 am-5:30 pm. Go here to make an appointment. (That page says tomorrow’s appointments are fully booked, but so far, times are available on Tuesday.)

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

10 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 11/15 roundup"

  • ws November 15, 2020 (11:17 pm)

    Are dental offices going to be open for routine care? 

  • Stay well November 16, 2020 (9:01 am)

    Hospitalizations up 36 from yesterday.

    This is one of the highest, if not the highest, daily hospitalizations total we’ve seen in these 8 months.

    Stay home as much as you can everyone, and stay well.

  • Smittytheclown November 16, 2020 (11:01 am)

    Why won’t they tell us how many are “currently” hospitalized and what percentage of ICU beds these cases represent?  This would give the public a better idea of the system being stressed. 

    • Jamie November 16, 2020 (12:13 pm)

      It would also help people make decisions about which hospital to go to when they need treatment for COVID-19

  • Math teacher November 16, 2020 (12:41 pm)

    Smitty, hospitalization data can be found on the state data dashboard:

    • smittytheclown November 16, 2020 (1:45 pm)

      Thank you Math Teacher.  Perfect!

  • T November 16, 2020 (3:13 pm)

    PLEASE stay home. I have a joint replacement surgery scheduled in December – it’s already been pushed back once due to C-19. Please, please, please. I need a new joint. I need elective surgeries to be allowed. Elective does NOT mean its not critical. Hospital utilization rates are around 62% right now, if it continues to increase there won’t be enough beds.Please just stay home. Please.

  • Stay well November 16, 2020 (8:31 pm)

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