CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 4/17/2021 roundup

Tonight’s pandemic notes:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*93.510 people have tested positive, 464 more than yesterday’s total

*1,493 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*5,569 people have been hospitalized, 37 more than yesterday’s total

*1,008,219 people have been tested, 5,077 more than yesterday’s total

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Saturday, those numbers were 91,054/1,483/5,439/990,933.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 140.7 million people have tested positive, and more than 3,010,000 people have died; U.S. deaths exceed 566,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Russia (India moved from #3 to #2 since last week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

LOOKING FOR VACCINE? If you’re seeking an appointment, here are links to try:

*If you’re looking for a city-site appointment, note that the official advice is to sign up for the city’s notification list for all four of its sites here.
*Health-care providers (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine (one reader specifically recommends Valley Medical Center), Franciscan, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, Neighborcare, etc.)
* (volunteer-run aggregator) – you can also follow its tweets for instant notifications
*The state’s Vaccine Locator (as mentioned above)
*The CDC’s Vaccine Finder
*Pharmacies big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca, Costco
*Sea Mar clinics
And if travel time is not a barrier – Beth recommends this lookup for potential appointments within a few hours’ drive.

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13 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 4/17/2021 roundup"

  • BE April 18, 2021 (7:26 am)

    Walgreens is also doing vaccines, although I haven’t seen an appt open in west Seattle yet.

  • ARPigeonPoint April 18, 2021 (9:59 am)

    These numbers are terrible. Please, everyone, even if you’re vaccinated, continue to mask up. The variants are here. 

    • Pessoa April 18, 2021 (11:50 am)

      By what metric are they terrible?  At the peak(s) of the pandemic, positive cases were running at about 10%  of tested (with some higher spikes), and deaths were averaging a dozen a day.  Both have fallen dramatically over the last months, with positive cases cut in half and deaths averaging 1 or 2 per day.  Let’s not spread fear and panic. 

      • ARPigeonPoint April 18, 2021 (11:31 pm)

        Maybe you think 2,456 new cases, 10 deaths, and 130 people hospitalized in 7 days is nothing to worry about, but that attitude is half the problem. The variants are dangerous. King County numbers are spiking. Take this seriously. 

        • Pessoa April 19, 2021 (6:44 am)

          “Terrible” is a subjective word, of course.   I never said those numbers were of no concern, but compared to where we were,  I would argue that we are in a far, far better place than we were  months ago.     

  • waikikigirl April 18, 2021 (1:46 pm)

    Yesterday’s on my weather app. You’ll understand if you read my comment from yesterdays totals.WA. new 2169/ new deaths 18AZ. new 845/ new deaths 30OR. new 695/ new deaths 2HI. new 96/ new deaths 1 Today’s—-we’re still being the highest    :(WA 1655/0AZ 480/0OR 695/2HI 99/0

  • waikikigirl April 18, 2021 (2:29 pm)

    GEEZ more easily readable!

    WA 1655/0
    AZ 480/0
    OR 695/2
    HI 99/0

  • West Seattle Res April 18, 2021 (3:00 pm)

    I see a handful of people not wearing masks in public. Walking in the streets like nothing’s going on. 

    • JamesJ April 19, 2021 (1:50 pm)

      One of them walked by my house yesterday and I sprayed them with my hose. I know people think that since outdoor spread is very rare that it means zero. But it is NOT ZERO!

      • Anna April 19, 2021 (11:38 pm)

        You should spray all the cars that drive by too, as there is definitely a non-zero chance they might lose control of their vehicle and drive onto your yard. Then, also spray any dogs that walk by, because they might get loose and bite someone. I would spray any birds you see too, because have you ever been dive bombed? Someone for sure has died by bird, and then you never know, they might be carrying salmonella. Don’t forget your squirt bottle next time you leave your property. 

  • Carrie April 18, 2021 (5:07 pm)

    Are there statistics about the number of people getting vaccinated?  Are reaching the city or county’s goals for the vaccinating the population? Are there ways to make it more accessible? 

  • Pessoa April 19, 2021 (3:15 pm)

    Life is a risky proposition, and risk mitigation can make us a fearful, safety-at-any costs, society.   Here’s a little anecdote from last year,  true story: This last New Year’s Eve day, I was driving to see a client on the Eastside. Along Bothell Way I saw a young man walking dangerously close to traffic, no shoes, no jacket, and waving wildly with his arms.  I stopped,  drove him to the Starbucks in Lake Forest Park, got him a hot coffee, something to eat, gave a towel to dry his feet after he got his wet socks off his cold feet.  Apparently, he had been robbed, though the details were hazy.   Called his mother who lived in Bellingham and waited for 2 hours until she arrived.  Afterwards, I realized I had completely forgotten to wear a mask, so consumed I was with the welfare of this kid.  But I wouldn’t have done anything differently in retrospect. I don’t bring this up to pat myself on the back (I’m sure readers here would have done the same) only to say I hope we all remember what it is to be spontaneous human beings  – which I believe we all are.  

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