CORONAVIRUS: Friday 1/8/21 roundup

It’s now been 45 weeks since the Friday night announcement of the first King County case of COVID-19. Here are tonight’s updates:

KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:

*67,068 people have tested positive, 582 more than yesterday’s total

*1,138 people have died, 6 more than yesterday’s total

*4,375 people have been hospitalized, 2 fewer than yesterday’s total (state says, “Hospitalization data are incomplete today due to a data processing interruption”)

*767,530 people have been tested, 1,984 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 63,299/1,091/4,194/750,194.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 88.8 million cases, 1.9 million deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

PHASE 1 FOR WEEK 1: The first “Roadmap to Recovery” report since the governor’s announcement of a new reopening plan is out. It shows every region in the state will start out in Phase 1. The next review will be next Friday.

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: Two developments today, both reported hereSeattle Public Schools superintendent Denise Juneau wants the state to move more district personnel higher up the prioritization list, given that a fifth of the district’s students will be eligible to return to in-person learning March 1st; the county, meantime, plans to launch high-volume vaccination sites and mobile teams.

EXTRA TESTING TOMORROW: COVID testing is part of a health-services event in the parking lots at Highland Park Elementary tomorrow – 10 am-2 pm, all welcome, 1012 SW Trenton. Here’s our preview.

NEW TEST SITE: In her weekly newsletter, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold announced that a mobile testing van is now visiting Holy Family Church (20th/Roxbury) 9 am-3 pm Tuesdays and Fridays.

TASTY GIFT: Two West Seattle mental-health-care providers just gave health-care workers and a local restaurant a two-in-one boost.

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3 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Friday 1/8/21 roundup"

  • gym member January 9, 2021 (8:05 am)

    LA Fitness emailed its members stating the gym is reopening on Monday under Healthy Washington guidelines. New changes include entry by reservation, workouts limited to 45 minutes, and wearing of masks at all times–even during exercise. 

    • JJ January 9, 2021 (2:40 pm)

      That LA Fitness is a big space with perhaps better ventilation than some gyms I’ve been to. Hopefully with the masks and other restrictions they can keep transmission in check. Perhaps folks could use CO2 monitors as a proxy for air stagnation in businesses. I would caution folks that if you can smell other people sweat then transmission risk is high, as there is definitely not enough air exchange. Masks are not perfect, and some virus will leak out, especially with heavy breathing, so stay aware of ventilation and distance along with keeping the mask on. Now, were gyms allowed to open by appointment in our current phase, or is that in a different phase? 

      • WSB January 9, 2021 (2:52 pm)

        The new rules for fitness are Phase 1 of the gov’s new plan, which we’re all in as of Monday.

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