CORONAVIRUS: Friday 2/26/2021 roundup

52 weeks have now passed since the Friday night when the first King County case of COVID-19 was announced – February 28 2020. Here are tonight’s updates:

ONE YEAR LATER: King County Executive Dow Constantine joined County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin‘s weekly briefing. They looked back and ahead. Though the pandemic has taken a tragic toll, Constantine also noted that while ours is the 13th largest out of the nation’s 97 large metropolitan areas, it is 96th in per-capita case count, behind only O’ahu, HI. Dr. Duchin declared, “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.” You can watch the video here.

KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the latest stats from the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:

*81,918 people have tested positive, 132 more than yesterday’s total

*1,380 people have died, 7 more than yesterday’s total

*5,084 people have been hospitalized, 4 fewer than yesterday’s total (data adjustment)

*900,647 people have been tested, 1,181 more than yesterday’s total

Now, our weekly check of key numbers on the COVID Vaccination Among King County Residents dashboard:

*327,087 people have received one dose

*166,236 people have received both doses

*546,035 doses have been allocated to King County

One week ago, the first four totals were 80,859/1,345/5,062/887,461, and the vaccination totals were 301,938/125,444/466,575.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 113.4 million cases, 2,517,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE ON BRINK OF APPROVAL: As soon as tomorrow, the U.S. could have a third vaccine option, the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which cleared another hurdle today.

IF YOU’RE SEEKING VACCINE … thanks to everyone who continues to message us with things to check out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in The Junction expects to get vaccine within the next few weeks, its manager told us by phone, so check there for appointments … Local Safeways notified mailing-list subscribers today that they will be offering appointments … Daily options continue changing on volunteer-compiled … The city now has a standby list for people 65+ who would be able to drop everything and go to a city-run clinic if there are leftover doses at day’s end – the registration page explains.

IF YOU NEED TESTING SATURDAY: The city’s West Seattle test site (2801 SW Thistle) continues to be open on Saturdays.

GOT INFO OR PHOTOS? or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

5 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Friday 2/26/2021 roundup"

  • Joan February 27, 2021 (8:30 am)

    THANKS for posting the Pharmaca vaccine info!!! This is the first time I’ve been able to get a slot!!!  I encourage all eligible to jump on this. Seems like a lot of appointments available right now. Woo hoo!!! No thanks to my health providers, etc., who have not been helpful at all.

  • Colonel Mustard's Wrench February 27, 2021 (11:12 am)

    Some health providers don’t have vaccine, so they are unable to be helpful. 

    By 11am this Saturday morning, and all appointments at our West Seattle Pharmaca show filled ! 
    Thank you West Seattle Blog for alerting the readers ! 
    They listened, and the appointments filled up ! 

    Now, all we need are more West Seattle Pharmacies to receive vaccine so we can continue to have it available on the peninsula for our community !
    And we need more sizable mass-vaccination events in West Seattle !

    Are you listening Dow Constantine, Lisa Herbold ?
    Please advocate more for your constituents and neighbors !

  • Colonel Mustard's Wrench February 27, 2021 (11:52 am)

    OK, I can see that. 

    Councilmember Herbold wrote in her statement:
    “Earlier this week I sent a letter to the DOH Deputy Secretary for COVID Response inquiring into the enrollment process, and advocating for the addition of vaccine providers on the West Seattle peninsula.”

    I would want the Councilmember to tell us that she followed up with a phone call to the Deputy Secretary for COVID Response.
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease. 
    Lives are at stake here. 
    Instead of CYA with documenting a letter she sent, I would prefer she follow up by picking up the phone and making the connections at the State level to get things moving.

  • Mj February 27, 2021 (12:16 pm)

    Interesting CDC data indicates upwards of 83 million Americans could have been afflicted with Covid, most cases go unreported.  This correlates into almost 25% of population, add the population vaccinated about a third of the population has protection, natural or person made, against Covid-19.  

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