CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 5/2/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check

Tonight’s pandemic news, as May’s first weekend concludes:

THINKING ABOUT GETTING VACCINATED THIS WEEK? The city’s West Seattle hub is open for walk-ups until further notice – but you can still get an appointment easily by going here; thousands are available at that and other city sites. (If you are looking for other options, see the list in last night’s roundup.)

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the King County Daily Summary Dashboard page, the cumulative totals:

*98,941 people have tested positive, 437 more than yesterday’s total

*1,526 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*5,866 people have been hospitalized, 13 more than yesterday’s total

*1,042,548 people have been tested, 2,579 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 96,341/1,503/5,692/1,028,384.

WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Here’s our weekly check. These numbers are shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the countywide daily-summary dashboard; to determine WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 161 positive test results; 158 in the 2 weeks before that; 101 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting WS death totals each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 67, which means two people’s deaths were reported in the past week. Adding a look at hospitalizations: 187 total have been attributed to people in the two West Seattle HRAs since the start of the pandemic, 6 in the past two weeks.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 152.5 million cases and 3,199,000+ deaths, 577,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here

GRODERY-STORE COVID CASE: Thanks for the tip via text. Metropolitan Market says a West Seattle employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Along with the online announcement, the texter says it’s posted on the store-entrance door.

ROLLBACK WATCH: Though tomorrow’s the date the state looks at the metrics to determine whether counties will move back or ahead in reopening “phases,” the announcements aren’t planned until Tuesday. As shown here, King County is significantly past the Phase 2 maximums in both key metrics.

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12 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 5/2/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check"

  • Kim May 3, 2021 (9:21 am)

    If people would get the shot for Covid then maybe the grocery store would not have to post that an employee got the Covid, please be a responsible community member of planet earth and get your shot. I hope that the employees recovers soon!!! Everyone needs to do their part to help end this horrible thing everyone on planet earth is dealing with. 

  • waikikigirl May 3, 2021 (11:30 am)

    On my phone I have my favorite cities (Family lived in) so I can look at their current weather and it now has their State-wide daily Covid cases… why are we in the PNW doing such a bad job, every day these numbers keep getting higher and higher…come on WA/OR we can do better than this and I don’t mean by keep having the highest numbers!!!WA – 2991AZ – 356OR – 1896HI – 112

    • JamesJ May 3, 2021 (1:16 pm)

      I’ve been unable to sleep for weeks now trying to figure this out. In West Seattle I see incredible compliance with masks from the people walking by my home, yet we are still going up! I’m so exhausted from this. What else can we do as individuals to stop this? The only times I’ve left my house since this latest wave started was to get my vaccinations. Isn’t everyone else doing the same?

      • Stickerbush May 3, 2021 (3:16 pm)

        You really should get out for some fresh air and sunshine, it’s not healthy to be cooped up in your house.  Masks aren’t needed outside, especially if you’ve been vaccinated, but if it makes you feel better, wear a mask. Just get outside!

      • catch zzz’s not covid May 3, 2021 (5:16 pm)

        People could stay home more, not do as much that involves covid risk, even though it’s allowed. Just because we’re allowed to dine out, doesn’t mean we should, or at least not frequently, for example. Thanks for being a concerned person, and maybe try some herbal tea before bed!

  • CuriousQuestioner May 3, 2021 (1:33 pm)

    I checked the Washington State COVID-19 Data Dashboard and looked at the Epidemiological Curve section. We are trending down again. Things are looking better! We have treatment options, vaccines, and world class healthcare. We are going to be OK!

  • Stickerbush May 3, 2021 (2:38 pm)

    A likely reason that cases are increasing now in WA is because we’ve done such a good job with masking and social distancing during the pandemic. This means that there are now more people without the natural immunity acquired from contracting the disease than there are in areas where COVID has been more prevalent. Cases will level off and decrease here as more people are immunized and as people that aren’t immunized get the disease.  

    • elarem May 3, 2021 (4:27 pm)

      “Cases will decrease as more people get this disease”. Huh? NO, that’s not how that works.The pandemic is still ongoing. Our cases are increasing because restaurants, schools, sports, etc. are open, and people are socializing more. Younger people are contracting and spreading this disease. New variants are more transmissible, and potentially more dangerous for younger folks as well. The virus isn’t quite done with us yet. 

      • CuriousQuestioner May 3, 2021 (5:56 pm)

        The sad reality is that this virus is with us for good. It isn’t going away. The sooner we come to terms with that and accept things as they are, the sooner we can move forward with life. The good news is that treatments are readily available and the mortality rate continues to decline. If you are waiting for someone to say that the virus is eradicated…you are in for a long wait :( 

  • MJ May 3, 2021 (5:33 pm)

    elarem – what Sticker bush is inferring to is that people gain disease resistance via the man made shot or via nature.  In WA the natural immunity level is much lower than in other States that have had less restrictions, however the vaccination rate is higher.  

    • elarem May 3, 2021 (6:31 pm)

      Yes, I understood what they were implying- it still means more cases and more hospitalizations. We did a great job with with this virus for a long time. And then just sort of… stopped. I’m not expecting the virus to be eradicated, CQ, but the pandemic will end once we get 70% or so of people vaccinated. That’s definitely possible. 

      • G May 4, 2021 (6:45 am)

        70 to 90% of the world will need vaccinated because with all the never ending nonessential travel and movement that’s going on during this time, the pandemic will never end. My fear is that a new variant of virus will outsource the vaccines with all the new variants that will continue to emerge.

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