PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #10, 9/12/2021

Here’s our weekly roundup of local pandemic updates, starting with the newest local numbers.


*141,770 people have tested positive – 3,985 more than a week ago (5,088 in West Seattle, up 142)
*7,671 people have been hospitalized – 208 more than a week ago (233 from West Seattle, up 3)
*1,812 people have died – 36 more than a week ago (71 in West Seattle, up 2)


78.5% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .6% in the past week)

By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 80.8%
98116 – 86.2%
98126 – 76%
98136 – 87.4%
98146 – 75.2%

(More COVID-related King County stats here)


Mask order goes statewide – As of tomorrow, the same outdoor-mask rule that’s in effect now in King County, mandatory at outdoor events with 500+ people, takes effect statewide.

Vaccine verification – King County’s working on a system.

Mandatory vaccination for more peoplePresident Biden‘s newest orders require vaccination for federal employees and vaccination or regular testing for people whose private employers have 100+ employers.

COVID at Camp Second Chance – As reported here earlier today, the city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment in southeast West Seattle has had its first cases.


The UW Medicine testing service at the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating. In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.


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6 Replies to "PANDEMIC UPDATES: Weekly check-in #10, 9/12/2021"

  • major_sigh September 13, 2021 (7:20 am)

    When are we getting the King County restaurant and bar vaccine mandate? Not sure what’s taking so long. 

  • smittytheclown September 13, 2021 (8:09 am)

    Cases down 4% from a week ago and 9% from last month.  Encouraging when taking into account the return to classrooms.  Keep it up!

    • S.A. September 13, 2021 (9:41 am)

      Cases and hospitalizations are trailing indicators. School’s been open just over a week here. If there’s a bump from in-person schooling, it won’t show up for a bit.

  • Mj September 13, 2021 (10:42 am)

    Delta Airlines will start charging employees an extra $200 a month for health insurance in November for unvaccinated employees.  In the 1st two weeks of the announcement 20% of the unvaccinated employees got a shot.  This shows that making people financially accountable for their choice is an effective strategy.  

  • 22blades September 13, 2021 (6:43 pm)

    It doesn’t give me a lot of confidence when our public employees are suing the Governor for vaccination requirements. I think all these challenges are a waste of time & taxpayer dollars to defend. There’s overwhelming precedent for these measures & they’ve had more than enough evidence of efficacy, safety & time to see. If they’re posturing for compensation, that ship has sailed..

  • anonyme September 14, 2021 (6:33 am)

    Are Metro drivers required to be vaccinated?  I still see unmasked drivers and passengers on a regular basis.  FWIW, Covid isn’t the only disease you can catch on a bus, as I recently discovered.

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