CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 5/22/2021 roundup

Here’s where the pandemic stands tonight, locally:

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

*108,308 people have tested positive, 205 more than yesterday’s total

*1,575 people have died, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*6,099 people have been hospitalized, 18 more than yesterday’s total

*1,087,290 people have been tested, 3,616 more than yesterday’s total

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Saturday, those numbers were 102,756/1,559/6,030/1,065,311.


WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 166.7 million people have tested positive, and more than 3,454,000 people have died; U.S. deaths exceed 589,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Turkey (unchanged again this week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

SUPERMARKET UPDATE: Thanks to the reader who pointed out that along with Metropolitan Market, PCC, QFC. and Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market also has changed its mask policy and isn’t requiring fully vaccinated customers to wear them.

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17 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 5/22/2021 roundup"

  • Wseattleite May 23, 2021 (8:48 am)

    Over 200 more new immunizations!  

  • StaceyD May 23, 2021 (9:56 am)

    Hello – King County is asking people to wear masks inside per this even if stores as allowing people who are vaccinated to not wear masks.

    • What Do I Know May 23, 2021 (10:45 am)

      So, the situation is: 1) store allows no masks indoors;  2) county by its admission won’t enforce indoor mask wearing;  3) vaccinated people believe in CDC’s new indoor no-mask guidelines.  Perhaps shopping at stores with masks required will be the answer for those who are concerned. The genie is out of the bottle.

  • Graciano May 23, 2021 (10:31 am)

    Stop being irresponsible and selfish, get vaccinated.

  • Pessoa May 23, 2021 (11:26 am)

    At last check, 70.3% of King County residents 16+ have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, conferring substantial immunity.  Add the 100,000+ individuals who tested positive and are now walking around with naturally acquired antibodies from a bout with the virus.  Now add a substantial number of those who were asymptomatic, didn’t get tested,  and recovered from what they probably thought was a cold or the flu – now also walking around with at least some degree of immunity.  All this leads me to believe that we are days – not weeks – from the virus being more of a sporadic, managed disease, and not a epidemic.  

    • Anne May 23, 2021 (2:19 pm)

      It leads you to believe that-,not me. 

      • Pessoa May 23, 2021 (3:00 pm)

        Well, yes, that’s why I said “leads me to believe.”  No one said you have to believe it.  I’m sure there good arguments to made for the opposite point of view. 

    • Rara May 23, 2021 (6:59 pm)

      I agree! We are headed in the right direction. 

  • kroberts May 23, 2021 (11:42 am)

    CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and the Washington state Department of Health have also noted that ending indoor mask mandates should be linked to local circumstances.” Perhaps that is why this is the case: “On Thursday, King County’s top public health official issued a directive strongly urging residents to keep wearing a face mask in indoor public settings, whether or not they are vaccinated against COVID.”I think that is “the situation”.  Some of us who are vaccinated support the advice to continue wearing masks indoors in public. 

    • Lisab May 23, 2021 (1:13 pm)

      Agree, completely with you. So many on these threads are  offended at the idea of still wearing a small cloth til cases subside (maybe only 3 weeks – no big deal).

  • justme May 23, 2021 (2:43 pm)

    I’m getting rather fond of my mask. It hides a multitude of flaws and creates a barrier from sun over-exposure. I can’t tell you how much I’ve saved in not buying lipsticks!

    • Pessoa May 23, 2021 (6:20 pm)

      All true, probably for a number of people.  As much as I detest wearing a mask, I acknowledge some of the unintended benefits.  It must be a relief for those with organ transplants and artificially suppressed immune systems not to not be singled out for wearing a mask.  Still, I will be looking forward to seeing faces, flaws and all. 

  • waikikigirl May 23, 2021 (3:30 pm)

    So here I am again with my phones new app I somehow got with an update that shows “my favorite” States new daily COVID cases and as usual WA. State is in the lead…and not in a good way. I say is this something we are proud of?
    WA. – 1946
    AZ. – 645
    OR. – 495
    HI. – 93

  • westseattleite May 23, 2021 (5:00 pm)

    In the last week.  6,552 positive tests.  2 Covid related deaths.  This correlates to a death rate of .031% of those who tested positive.  Nice work King County.  Very low death rate.  Likely a result of vaccinations and immunizations leading to aquired Covid having less impact .  Pandemic over INMH.  Unless we are going to start calling everything else with a .031% death rate a pandemic.

    • another west seattleite May 23, 2021 (8:07 pm)

      This is false.  There were 2 deaths yesterday.  There were 7 Friday, 1 Thursday, 3 Wednesday, and 3 Tuesday (0 Monday or last Sunday).  That’s 16 Covid related deaths this week.I’m not sure where you got 6,552, but there were 205 yesterday, 232, 212, 161, 130, 131, 233 positive cases in the past week.  That’s 1,304 (1.2%).  Even if you include the 4,474 ‘probables’ that were added on Monday, it’s still only 5,778.  But those weren’t all from Monday because there were only 1151 new tests Monday (also, I really hope there weren’t 5,778 new cases this week or we’re really doing something wrong).I’m not advocating for or against changes to be made.  I’m just advocating for math.

      • Sir masks-a-lot May 23, 2021 (10:54 pm)

        Also, we have to keep in mind that deaths lag behind cases. Some are hospitalized for weeks or months before dying. So there may not have been any, or many, deaths directly correlated with the positive cases reported this past week.

        Oh math teacher, you may be needed on this one.

  • Lisa May 23, 2021 (10:55 pm)

    PCC West Seattle has a note on their doors recommending masks based on King County info. Last week PCC Fremont had a note on doors that said per CDC guidelines masks were not required. I wish there was consistency between stores and from day to day.

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