CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 3/25/2021 roundup

Vaccination news tops tonight’s roundup:

VACCINE SUPPLY: In two state briefings today, it was mentioned that the state is expecting more than 400,000 doses of vaccine next week, the most ever – just in time for 2 million more people to become eligible as of next Wednesday. So far, more than 1 million people are fully vaccinated. Next week’s allocation, the state says, will include the first significant allocation of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, about 42,000 doses.

BUT OTHERWISE … acting state health officer Dr. Scott Lindquist warned in the morning briefing that in the realm of “cautious optimism,” he’s “more cautious than optimistic” because of cases rising in some counties. Not all, though – 23 counties have fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people. Here’s the newest statewide situation report.

SPEAKING OF NUMBERS … here are the newest King County numbers, from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard – today’s cumulative totals:

*86.373 people have tested positive, 336 more than yesterday’s total

*1,458 people have died, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*5,251 people have been hospitalized, 10 more than yesterday’s total

*956,675 people have been tested, 3,203 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the four totals we track were 84,859/1,444/5,199/940,597.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 125.4 million cases worldwide, 30 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL-RULE CHANGE: During his briefing this afternoon, Gov. Inslee said the state “is embracing” the CDC guidance that says a 3-foot separation between students is safe.

IN-PERSON GRADUATIONS? Seattle Public Schools tells WSB it’s a possibility.

FREE FOOD ON FRIDAY: Food Lifeline distributes free food boxes 2-5 tomorrow at its South Park HQ (815 S. 96th).

NO FOOD DISTRIBUTION TOMORROW … at Highland Park Improvement Club, which tells us their distribution team is dealing with a positive test.

LOOKING FOR VACCINE? here are links to try:

*Check for West Seattle city-run site appointments here; sign up for the city’s notification list for all three of its sites here.
*Health-care providers (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine, CHI Franciscan, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, etc.)
* (volunteer-run aggregator)
*The state says it’s improved its own lookup tool
*Here’s another multi-provider search to try
*Pharmacies big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca, Costco
*Sea Mar clinics

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

8 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 3/25/2021 roundup"

  • flimflam March 26, 2021 (9:17 am)

    hmm, two days in a row over 300 new cases…have people stopped using caution?

    • JJ March 26, 2021 (10:05 am)

      Loosen restrictions and cases go up. It’s as simple as it always was. Vaccination is the only safe way to reopen. Not enough people are vaccinated yet.  3 feet won’t cut it. Read the paper the CDC cites for its rule change. It’s not science. It’s more wishful thinking and politics.

  • Math Teacher March 26, 2021 (10:09 am)

    Big outbreak this week at the King County Jail, extending to workers and their families.  In that situation, they’ll be doing contact tracing, lots of testing, and quarantining. These higher numbers may include many asymptomatic people, whereas last week’s numbers cases may have been mostly symptomatic people.

    It would be interesting to now how many of the positives are known to be connected to the containable jail outbreak, and how many are from unidentified community spread.

    • TJ March 26, 2021 (11:45 am)

      @Math Teacher – Good point.  Without knowing the mix of symptomatic and asymptomatic positive tests, it’s difficult know to how to react to increasing positive tests….

  • hopeless March 26, 2021 (12:19 pm)

    400,000 doses for a couple million people. That’ll go well.

    • WSB March 26, 2021 (12:36 pm)

      Supply has lagged eligibility all along but there still seems to be an increasing number of available appointments, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes starting Wed.

  • anonyme March 26, 2021 (4:20 pm)

    And now we have 23 people in Washington being monitored for Ebola after traveling to Ebola-infected areas.  Why on earth would such travel be allowed, especially during a pandemic of another disease?  What the hell are people thinking?

    • polka dot March 26, 2021 (5:19 pm)

      That’s crazy, luckily Ebola doesn’t spread easily or asymptomatically. 

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