CORONAVIRUS: This week’s check of West Seattle and countywide trends

We’re still checking countywide and West Seattle COVID stats at the end of each weekend, so here are the current trends: Cases are up countywide for a seventh week, at a slower rate; hospitalizations are barely above the previous week; deaths continue decreasing. Here are the specifics, from the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard:

*16 percent more cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 946 new daily cases countywide (up from 796 when we checked a week ago)

*1 percent more hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 11 new hospitalizations daily (up from 10 a week ago)

*6 percent fewer deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two weeks before (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 1 death daily (same as the two-week average last week)

For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (these are the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge):
*687 cases between 4/18 and 5/02, up from 435 between 4/3 and 4/17
*5 hospitalizations between 4/18 and 5/02, down from 6 between 4/3 and 4/17
*No deaths between 4/18 and 5/02, same as between 4/3 and 4/17

And checking vaccination rates:
*80.9 percent of all King County residents have completed the initial series (unchanged from a week ago)
*85.7 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*48.8 percent of all King County residents have had the initial series plus a booster (up .2% from a week ago)

*In West Seattle, here are the zip-code vaccination rates for ages 5 and up (reminder, 98106 and 98146 are not entirely within WS):
98106 – 88% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 52.9% have had a booster
98116 – 92.8% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 64.6% have had a booster
98126 – 83.5% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 54.7% have had a booster
98136 – 93.7% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 67.8% have had a booster
98146 – 83.1% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 47.8% have had a booster

VACCINATION AND TESTING, UPDATED HOURS: No pop-up clinics on the near-future schedule, so you can look for vaccination locations via this statewide lookup. If you want to get tested and don’t have a kit at home, public testing sites include the city-supported site at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle, 9 am-5:30 pm Mondays-Saturdays), the Curative kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1220 Harbor SW, 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday), and the Curative van at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury, 8 am-noon Tuesday-Friday). … If you need to report self-test results, that’s explained on this page.

12 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: This week's check of West Seattle and countywide trends"

  • Jay West May 9, 2022 (7:50 am)

    King county positivity rate for PCR tests is up again. It’s 14.3% but was as low as 3.2% between waves in mid-March. The king County Dashboard has a nice graph. I wish it went back further than it does. Absolute counts are less reliable with home testing.

    • Math Teacher May 10, 2022 (9:31 am)

      <<I wish it went back further >>You’re on the summary page, which focuses on recent trends.  Click on the Community Level tab for graphs of  March 2020 to present.

  • Pessoa May 9, 2022 (10:45 am)

    I make an exception to disclosing personal information when it pertains to a public health concern. My generally healthy, vaccinated (two dose Pfizer) partner tested positive five days ago and has very mild symptoms, some minor coughing and a slight fever, some loss of smell, likely only temporary. Paxlovid was prescribed only because I am out of town on business, not because of the severity of the symptoms.   An antigen test roughly five days after shows the viral load substantially lessened.   I say this to reassure the relatively healthy that this appears to be a mild variant.  I will likely contract it,  as we all will eventually, but months ago decided against boosters due to increasing concerns over the vaccine itself and lack of transparency in the approval process.  But everyone can make their own determination. 

    • M May 9, 2022 (11:27 am)

      Lucky for your partner they were able to get Paxlovid.  I was very sick with this variant and was declined because I wasn’t old enough or had enough co-morbidities, and wasn’t hospitalized. Was fully vaxxed + booster. 2.5 weeks later and I’m still not fully recovered. So there’s my anecdote as a rather healthy individual.

      • Pessoa May 9, 2022 (12:10 pm)

        If I may ask, did you receive both boosters?  Also,  if you care to, can you disclose if you had a health concern that might have worsened it?  My partner developed pericarditis after being vaccinated, and to be quite honest, I haven’t felt completely baseline since my 1st Pfizer shot – I am quite sure it’s not a placebo effect because at the time I was cautiously optimistic about the vaccine.   

        • waikikigirl May 9, 2022 (6:22 pm)

          @Pessoa, May I ask what are the symptoms of “pericarditis” I’ve occasionally get sharp short pains in my chest and have never had these before so I’m just wondering the symptoms? And I too will not get anymore vaccines because of getting very, very sick afterwards from the 3 Pfizers I have gotten.

          • Pessoa May 9, 2022 (8:04 pm)

            My partner went to see her doc because of a dull upper abdomen stomach “ache,” not so much stabbing pains in the chest.  The pericarditis was a completely unexpected finding that stumped her physician, but could be explained by an immune reaction provoked by the vaccine.  I hesitate to offer anything that might be construed as medical advice or even speculation because I’m not a doctor, but if you have a regular doc, please make an appointment.  Listen to your body, and if something doesn’t feel right  don’t  hesitate to go to an ER.  You shouldn’t ignore chest pain.  Keep me apprised on how you are doing.  Best wishes.  

          • G May 9, 2022 (8:30 pm)

            I felt just horrible after my 3rd Pfizer does on March 15th for exactly about a week and haven’t felt my best since. I’ve got underlying health conditions that I’m living with. I waited until August last year to get my first dose because I’ve been out of the way of exposure and likely my chance of exposure is very low and so far this entire time I’ve avoided this virus. Can’t hide out forever. So looking forward to cases going very low if ever. I’m very hesitant now about considering anymore vaccines at this point in the future especially since it seems so much mixed information out there and the fact that breakthrough cases aren’t so rare after all like we were once told and it seems we will all end up with the virus. Some saying mild symptoms after the vaccines and others saying as sick as they’ve ever been even after the vaccines and boosters. All so mixed. Mild symptoms to one vaccinated or not can be just a cold or a death for another. Home tests are completely making this virus cases underreported.

          • waikikigirl May 9, 2022 (8:59 pm)

            @Pessoa, I understand completely and shouldn’t had asked, my apologies and thank you for your kind words.

          • WS Res May 10, 2022 (9:58 am)

            Just so you know, “getting very sick” after the COVID vaccine is possibly just normal symptoms of your immune system kicking into gear. Both shots and both boosters really nailed me for a few  days – not my favorite, and I’d like to not envision a future of doing this endlessly every 4-6 months, but preferable to me to getting a possibly lifelong chronic illness.  

  • B May 9, 2022 (5:41 pm)

    I have been sick with COVID for over 2 weeks. It’s considered mild only because I didn’t end up in the hospital, which I am very thankful for. I’ll tell you, you don’t want this current strain. I’m a vaxxed, boosted, very healthy individual in her early 40’s and I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. 

  • wildflower May 10, 2022 (8:49 am)

    Those of you, or loved ones, with covid related symptoms, hope you feel better soon and fully recover. Thanks for sharing.

    Masking up.

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