Tonight’s pandemic updates begin with the vaccine’s arrival:
VACCINATION BEGINS: Our state’s first shipment of the first approved COVID-19 vaccine has arrived. But we don’t know yet how long it’ll be until the shots are widely available.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the toplines of today’s daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health – the cumulative countywide totals:
*54,649 people have tested positive, 632 more than yesterday’s total
*935 people have died, unchanged since Saturday
*3,714 people have been hospitalized, 40 more than yesterday’s total
*694,880 people have been tested, 9,511 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the totals were 49,739/903/3,449/657,903.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
REOPENED: Mashiko says everyone’s test came back negative.
HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING SPD: The latest update via SPD Blotter says 3 sPD employees have tested positive in the past week.
GRANT $ APPROVED: The City Council approved $5 million for grants to restaurants, bars, and hospitality workers. The business recipients will be chosen from those who have already applied for grants; the workers’ application process will be launched soon.
NEED FOOD? On Friday (December 18th), food boxes will be available 2-5 pm at Food Lifeline (815 S. 96th).
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