CORONAVIRUS: Friday 3/12/2021 roundup

For the second consecutive night, a big announcement from the governor leads the roundup:

GET BACK IN THE CLASSROOM, SAYS GOVERNOR: By mid-April, “every student” must have the option of some in-person learning, by order of the governor. Seattle Public Schools says it’s waiting until the governor puts this all in writing to “analyze” it; no official reaction yet from the Seattle Education Association yet, either. Side note: Oregon’s governor announced a similar order today.

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

*83,806 people have tested positive, 153 more than yesterday’s total

*1,435 people have died, 6 more than yesterday’s total

*5,166 people have been hospitalized, 7 more than yesterday’s total

*926,928 people have been tested, 1,867 more than yesterday’s total

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

*459,191 people have received one dose

*260,713 people have received both doses

*714,115 doses have been allocated to King County

One week ago, the first four totals were 82,818/1,412/5,125/913,804, and the vaccination totals were 393.154/218,184/622,155.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 119 million cases, 2,639,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

STATEWIDE SITUATION REPORT: The newest one was released tonight. Key points:

-Case counts have increased slightly in western Washington and plateaued in eastern Washington as of late February.

-Most counties have seen declines in case counts since the first week of January, but cases have flattened in several counties and are starting to increase again in others.

=Cases are increasing among younger adults aged 20-29 and 30-39. This has previously been an early warning sign of larger surges in the general population.

-We are seeing sharp declines in hospital admission rates among people 70 and older, possibly because those groups are among the first to get vaccinated.

-COVID-19 transmission is continuing at about the same level after declines through January and February.

-The estimated prevalence (percentage of people with active COVID-19 infections) began to plateau in early February after declines in January.

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER’S BRIEFING: In his weekly briefing, Dr. Jeff Duchin said “The forecast is partly sunny with a chance of rain.’

VACCINATION SITUATION: Dr. Duchin and the county continue warning that supply is far behind demand, and that’s even before the eligibility expansion that kicks in next week. If you’re seeking vaccine:

If you’re eligible now, here are places to look:
*For the city-run West Seattle and Rainier Beach sites and Lumen Field Event Center hub – get on the notification list here; check for West Seattle appointments available in the next few days by going here
*Your health-care provider (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine, CHI Franciscan, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, etc.)
* (volunteer-run aggregator)
*Pharmacy chains big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca (a reader reports they opened up appointments tonight), Costco
*Sea Mar clinics

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!

3 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Friday 3/12/2021 roundup"

  • JJ March 13, 2021 (11:11 am)

    As of this morning the Thistle site had a few openings for walk-ups over 65 without an appointment despite what the signs say. If you have a hard time registering, you can try just showing up if your over 65. They might have room for you. Bring your ID.

  • Stay well March 13, 2021 (4:52 pm)

    Much encouraging covid news here recently. 

    It is hopeful that vaccinations are rolling on with more receiving them and more to be eligible soon.  

    It is also positive that based on current data and trends, more things will be reopening soon.

    However, please keep in mind everyone, the science of how covid spreads and the impacts, hasn’t changed.

    The risks are the same, and possibly increased with the variants out there now. 

    However, that some of the most vulnerable and exposed population has some protection against it with vaccination, is definitely a positive and hopeful change.

    The upcoming reopenings could result in another surge of community transmission, and many could still get sick, some will die. 

    Most in our community have not had the virus or been vaccinated yet.

    Please just keep these things in mind, be smart, as we move forward with reopenings.

    Just because restaurants open to more capacity doesn’t mean we should all be spending hours in restaurants frequently, for example.

    I don’t think anyone wants to have more surges and lock downs, like in Italy, currently.

    ‘Italy prepares for an Easter lockdown as Covid-19 cases grow exponentially’

  • Stay well March 13, 2021 (5:07 pm)

    …Also, good work everyone, with masking and adapting, and listening to others perspectives, trying to help one another through this.

    What an absolutely <. insert word of choice .> year. 

    Everyone is trying their best, hang in there, one day at a time we will keep getting through this.

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