CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 3/23/2021 roundup

Another anniversary tops our pandemic roundup tonight:

ONE YEAR SINCE ‘STAY HOME’ ORDER: Though the West Seattle Bridge closure might be your most vivid memory from one year ago tonight, there was one other big announcement – at 5:30 pm on March 23, 2020, Gov. Inslee announced the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. He promised, “This challenge is temporary” – at least two weeks, he speculated. Instead, it lasted two months.

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Checking today’s daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health – the cumulative totals – we note a glitch on that page; while the totals are updated, the “change from yesterday” numbers were not changed from the previous day, so we’ve done the correct math:

*85,733 people have tested positive, 104 more than yesterday’s total

*1,455 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total

*5,232 people have been hospitalized, 12 more than yesterday’s total

*950,579 people have been tested, 1,418 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the totals were 84.416/1,441/5,185/936,284.


NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 124.2 million cases worldwide, 29.9 million of them in the U.S. – see other nation-by-nation stats by going here.

CHIEF GETS VACCINATED: Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins was at the city-run Rainier Beach site today to get his first shot:

(SFD photo)

Acting SFD Capt. Brian Wallace administered the shot. More details are on the SFD Fireline site.


*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 search to try
*Pharmacies big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca, Costco
*Sea Mar clinics

LEFTOVERS? The city-run West Seattle site offers leftover vaccine at day’s end to people who are there in hopes of getting lucky – but they sort by age, and so far we haven’t heard of anyone outside their 60s getting vaccinated this way.

IN-PERSON LEARNING: The Seattle Public Schools board meeting tomorrow is likely to have some updates, as well as action items such s approval of the new elementary and K-8 schedules.

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4 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 3/23/2021 roundup"

  • Kelly March 24, 2021 (1:19 pm)

    Could you share more about what to do if you’re NOT currently eligible but willing to drop everything to save a vaccine from being thrown in the trash?  I know lots of mid-40s, low-risk people who don’t want to skip the line but, through word of mouth or personal connections, are having some luck getting one last-minute, because someone was a no-show for their appointment. 

    • Matt P March 24, 2021 (2:42 pm)

      If any of them are veterans enrolled with Puget Sound VA Medical, they can get one from the VA – they are vaccinating any age.  If they’re not enrolled, it doesn’t take long to do so, then they can get one.

    • Bandana March 24, 2021 (6:26 pm)

      Check the criteria for vaccinations at Lumen Field. It looks like they are accepting Phase 1B Tier 4 right now.

    • Bandana March 24, 2021 (6:35 pm)

      The City of Seattle Notification List allows you subscribe for vaccine notification for eligible people up to Phase 1B Tier 4. It says:
      This subscriber form is ONLY for people who:

      1) Are eligible under Phase 1A thru Phase 1B, Tier 4 according to Washington Department of Health (DOH) guidance,

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