CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 6/23/2021 roundup

With one week at most until full reopening, here are tonight’s local/state pandemic updates:

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS’ BRIEFING During state health officials’ weekly briefing today, Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah said 68 percent of our state’s 16+ residents have received at least a first dose of vaccine. That’s only up .8 of a percentage point from a week earlier, so it seems unlikely we’ll hit 70 percent and reopen before June 30th.

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING TOMORROW: 10:30 am Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee will give his next media briefing on the pandemic. You can watch here.

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:

*112,164 people have tested positive, 407 more than yesterday’s total (explanation: the state “released 314 delayed positive results”)

*1,618 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*6,319 people have been hospitalized, 5 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 111,353/1,610/6,292.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find all the numbers, county by county, on the state Department of Health dashboard.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS PLAYGROUNDS REOPEN: The district had said it would decide at year’s end whether to reopen the playgrounds to the public – and it has announced they’re indeed open again.

GOT INFO? Email us at or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!

5 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 6/23/2021 roundup"

  • Mark June 24, 2021 (9:46 am)

    Why the spike yesterday?

    • WSB June 24, 2021 (10:31 am)

      It’s explained in our story.

  • Elton June 24, 2021 (10:17 am)

    Glad for the playgrounds announcement! Very sad to pass a shiny playground and have to respond “no” to a toddler asking “can we go there?”.

  • flimflam June 24, 2021 (10:33 am)

    Does anyone really believe that the state won’t reopen if the fax rate is 68%? It’s been shown time and again that the metrics are routinely changed when they are inconvenient.

    • WSB June 24, 2021 (11:04 am)

      The state has never said that and we have never reported that. The governor has said since mid-May that the June 30th date is firm regardless of where we are at then, but he set the 70 percent baseline as a criteria for possibly reopening sooner, which obviously isn’t going to happen.

Sorry, comment time is over.