CORONAVIRUS: Friday 5/7/2021 roundup

Pandemic headlines as we conclude the first week of May:

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER’S BRIEFING: Dr. Jeff Duchin said that after six weeks of increasing cases in King County, this past week saw a “slight decrease.” While the pandemic is “no longer a 5-alarm fire” locally, it “continues to burn,” he warned, and as more and more people get vaccinated, the better the chances are that it can be brought down to “smoldering” status. Watch his briefing, including media Q&A, here.

KING COUNTY NUMBERS: On to the daily stats from the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:

*100,485 people have tested positive, 347 more than yesterday’s total*

*1,536 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total

*5,926 people have been hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*1,053,287 people have been tested, 2,257 more than yesterday’s total

NOTE: It appears yesterday’s startlingly high case total from King County was a typo of some kind on the county’s part – skipping that day and adding the “more than” totals from today and yesterday to the Wednesday total, the number is only slightly less than tonight’s total.

Continuing tonight’s report – our weekly check of key numbers on the COVID Vaccination Among King County Residents dashboard:

*1,248,950 people have received one dose (67.5% of everyone 16+)

*853,646 people have received both doses (46.1% of everyone 16+)

*1,888,395 doses have been allocated to King County (not counting pharmacy programs)

One week ago, the first four totals were 98,095/1,525/5,827/1,038,291, and the vaccination totals were 1,190,224/783,936/1,691,845.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 156.9 million cases, 3,270,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

CITY MILESTONE: 100,000 doses administered at the city-affiliated hubs, so the mayor delivered ice cream to the city-run hubs, including Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex:

GET VACCINATED THIS WEEKEND: You are still welcome to just walk into the city hubs, including that one here in WS (2801 SW Thistle), without an appointment. But you’re also welcome to lock in a spot by making one, first or second dose – you can do that here. WS is open Saturday, 9 am-4:30 pm, and Lumen Field is also open Saturday, 11:15 am-5:45 pm. Both are offering all three vaccines. (And if you want to find someplace else, here’s the lookup.)

GET FOOD: Here’s one more reminder about this food-box distribution Saturday afternoon.

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

3 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Friday 5/7/2021 roundup"

  • Stay well May 8, 2021 (7:08 am)

    Happy Mothers Day weekend everyone, be safe and stay well.

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  • TM7302 May 9, 2021 (2:04 am)

    Shouldn’t those ice cream servers be wearing gloves?

  • Cafe owner May 9, 2021 (5:06 pm)

    No- they don’t need to be wearing gloves.  It would only be for optics.  Many people are unaware of food handling and what is safe.  Assuming they wash their hands (or sanitize), you only need to wear gloves if there is “hand to ready-made food” being served.  So an implement is sufficient… assuming the spoon is used on the ice cream and not bare hands.  Thank you for less plastic in our landfills… And an FYI, it is impossible to put washed hands in gloves (well, in less than 5 minutes… tried it, and timed it).  So- next time you go to a food establishment… keep an eye on how a cashier won’t wash their hands (to get the gloves on faster), paw at the gloves, and make your food… just to make you feel better.  Washed hands are way more hygienic than unwashed hands grabbing the gloves, putting them on, and preparing your food.  Washed hands can prepare food “un-gloved” if it is going to be heated to a high temp… it’s when you serve “ready-made” food, something like tongs, spoon, wax paper are needed.  Less plastic for more contamination.  And no- you can’t have it both…speed and sanitation.  You cannot put washed and dried hands in gloves in under 5min… and when you have a line out the door, everyone staring at you, gratuity at play… just check it out when you go to a place that has only one person working.  Just sayin’…

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