PANDEMIC UPDATES: Local check-in #25, 1/3/2022, Seattle Public Schools stats included

We’ve moved this weekly update on local pandemic numbers and notes to Mondays, and we’re incorporating the weekly Seattle Public School updates.


*211,531 cases – 17,828 more than a week ago (7,915 total in West Seattle, up 877)
*9,312 hospitalizations – 233 more than a week ago (270 total from West Seattle, up 5)
*2,165 people have died – 12 more than the previous update (77 total in West Seattle, unchanged)


Today’s SPS dashboard update comes at the end of winter break, but the district has continued adding cases to its dashboard. Districtwide, the cumulative case total for this school year is 1,294, 100 more than a week earlier (and not including any of the testing done yesterday/today). Here’s the local school-by-school breakout (as always, the total is cumulative since the start of the school year):

Denny International Middle School – 28, up 2
West Seattle High School – 24, up 3
Chief Sealth International High School – 23, down 1 (data adjustment)
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – 18, up 2
Gatewood Elementary – 17, up 3
Arbor Heights Elementary – 15, up 1
Roxhill Elementary – 15, unchanged
Genesee Hill Elementary – 14, unchanged
Highland Park Elementary – 14, unchanged
Madison Middle School – 13, up 1
Fairmount Park Elementary – 12, up 1
Lafayette Elementary – 10, unchanged
West Seattle Elementary – 10, unchanged
Concord International (Elementary) – 9, unchanged
Pathfinder K-8 – 8, unchanged
Alki Elementary – 6, up 1
Sanislo Elementary – 5, up 1
BRIDGES @ Roxhill – 1, unchanged


81.9% of King County residents 5+ have completed their vaccine series – up .6% from one week ago.

By West Seattle zip code – note that these numbers are still NOT available as 5+, so they reflect percentage of 12+ population:
98106 – 88.2% completed series, 40% had a booster dose too
98116 – 91.4% completed series, 52.7% had a booster dose too
98126 – 83.5% completed series, 44.2% had a booster dose too
98136 – 93.1% completed series, 56.7% had a booster dose too
98146 – 83.5% completed series, 35.6% had a booster dose too

(Find more COVID-related King County stats here.)


Test-site changes – The city-sponsored, UW Medicine-run West Seattle testing site at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex will, as of tomorrow (Tuesday, January 4th), limit testing to symptomatic/exposed people. Appointments can be made here (if you find an opening).

School-testing turnout – Both West Seattle middle schools were deluged for the three-hour testing period offered today. The district still plans to return to in-person classes tomorrow.


Pliable‘s clinic next Sunday at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW) still has appointment openings as of this writing.

10 Replies to "PANDEMIC UPDATES: Local check-in #25, 1/3/2022, Seattle Public Schools stats included"

  • mnw January 4, 2022 (7:33 am)

    Curative also offers testing appointments at Don Armeni Boat Ramp:

    • WSB January 4, 2022 (11:53 am)

      Yes, we’ve listed that in this roundup for many weeks. Changed up the format this time. Curative also has a site at Summit Atlas.

  • Rob January 4, 2022 (7:59 am)

    Any reports on how many have had a complete recovery?

    • sad January 4, 2022 (1:35 pm)

      I don’t think King County was ever tracking recoveries, and tracking for “complete” recoveries would be challenging if not impossible given long COVID and other lingering effects that so many people experience after COVID infections.

  • J January 4, 2022 (11:12 am)

    Do we know if/when SPS will release testing results from the recent testing clinics?

    • Buddy January 4, 2022 (4:31 pm)

      I doubt if we will ever learn the truth. Because who on earth is going to collect all the data in the first place?   Plus the data will be constantly changing with students and staff having to take new Covid tests. Probably lots of people have the new virus and the tests have not yet been able to detect it because people are newly infected.

      • High Point January 4, 2022 (7:37 pm)

        I saw this posted on Kiro 7’s Twitter feed.

  • WSteacher January 4, 2022 (4:24 pm)

    Results won’t be released because the percentage of kids testing positive doesn’t matter to SPS in terms of decision making. The only thing the district is tracking is if 20 percent of staff are out, and at that point school can no longer operate in person. At my elementary school today we were at 18 percent for staff. Many kids came to school and then tested positive today, after exposing their peers and teachers. Thank you to those responsible parents who did the right thing and got their kids tested before sending them in to spread COVID. 

    • Christina January 5, 2022 (11:08 am)

      I don’t mean this to be snarky at all, I just really want to know why. On the afternoon of December 30th, I received an email from SPS saying that they’d received 60,000 tests. Then on the afternoon of January 3rd I received a phone call saying that they were closing due to insufficient supplies. Confused, I looked up enrollment and found it to be ≈24,000 students.  I assumed there was very strong participation. Due to scheduling, today is my child’s first day back. I’ve just heard that the majority of students at our school were unable to obtain a test due to insufficient supply. We didn’t test because we literally just had it and then had a quiet Christmas in isolation. But I hope people will keep in mind that even with the closure, there was an accessibility gap.  For whatever the reason.  

      • WSB January 5, 2022 (12:00 pm)

        That email did not say insufficient supplies. It said they were out of capacity for the day – as in ability to handle more people.

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