CORONAVIRUS: Monday 5/17/2021 roundup

Our nightly roundup of local pandemic-related information:


Public Health – Seattle & King County is adding “probable cases” to our COVID-19 data dashboards. It will have a small impact on our count of cases, hospitalizations and deaths on all of our dashboards. These will now include people who have had a positive PCR test or a positive antigen (rapid) test.

So with that, here are tonight’s totals from the Seattle-King County Public Health daily summary:

*107,593 people have tested positive, 131 more than yesterday’s total (this includes 4,474 probables)

*1,559 people have died, unchanged since Saturday

*6,059 people have been hospitalized, 18 more than yesterday’s total

*1,069,317 people have been tested, 1,151 more than yesterday’s total (note that the dashboard makes the distinction that these are people tested by PCR)

One week ago, those totals were 101,274/1,542/5,962/1,059,270.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 163.4 million cases, 3,386,000 deaths – 586,000 in the U.S. See the other stats – nation by nation – here.

STUDENT VACCINATION CLINIC: Tomorrow there’s one at West Seattle High School.

VAX STATS: In King County, 72.4 percent of people 16+ have had at least one dose; 56.1 percent are fully vaccinated. In West Seattle, the most-vaccinated zip code remains 98136 – 84.5 percent of people 16+ have had at least one dose.

POST-PANDEMIC PERMANENCE? Last week, this was a proposal – expanding free sidewalk/curb-space shopping and dining permits until next year, then maybe making the program permanent. Now it’s official.

NEED FOOD? The nearest Food Lifeline distribution is 2-5 pm Friday (May 21st) at 815 S. 96th.

GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!

9 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Monday 5/17/2021 roundup"

  • S May 18, 2021 (5:56 am)

    How many people 12+ have been vaccinated now? And what percentage of 12+?

  • Joy May 18, 2021 (6:48 am)

    Where can I get a covid test nearby? Want to confirm I don’t have covid before getting vaccinated.

    • Lillet May 18, 2021 (8:19 am)

      Google: Walgreens Covid test. You book online, the day before. Then you will go to the pharmacy drive through and it’s a self-administered rapid test with results emailed to you in about an hour.

    • S May 18, 2021 (8:25 am)

      There’s a van at 35th and Roxbury on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It takes a few days to get a result though, since their lab is in California.

      • WSB May 18, 2021 (8:46 am)

        That’s Curative. Same company has the ongoing daily kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.

    • Pessoa May 18, 2021 (9:04 am)

      Joy:  Thanks for posing this question and reminding others that one can be tested for Covid-19 antibodies, (possibly) eliminating the need for the vaccine.  This is something something has been largely absent in recent blog discussions. 

      • SuzD May 18, 2021 (1:55 pm)

        Testing prior to vaccination is to be sure you do not have an active case of Covid.  It is NOT an antibody test.  Also, antibodies from a previous case of Covid have not been tested for efficacy like the vaccines.  No guarantees but I think vaccine antibodies a better bet.  I personally lost a friend who had a significant case of Covid in Mar 2020 (not hospitalized but symptomatic & unable to work, miserable).  She caught it again in Jan 2021, assumed it was something else so perhaps waited too long, spent 31 days in ICU before dying.   

  • Andrea May 18, 2021 (10:05 am)

    Visit theSODO Drive-Through Site at 3820 6th Ave South. My experience this month on more than one occasion is that results are available the next day. No lines or waiting at all.

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