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CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 6/24/2021 roundup

Now less than a week until reopening – here’s the pandemic news:

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: No major announcements emerged when Gov. Jay Inslee briefed and took questions from reporters this morning. He announced what he called a “bridge” between the end of the state’s eviction moratorium and the start of relief programs. He also introduced a pre-nursing student from Eastern Washington as the latest $250,000 winner in the “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery. And he decried as “baloney and malarkey” vaccination misinformation on social media Watch the briefing here.

CONFUSED ABOUT REOPENING? The state’s launched a webpage to collect info on what it means.

NEWEST NUMBERS: Here’s the update from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*112,248 people have tested positive, 84 more than yesterday’s total

*1,648 people have died, 30 more than yesterday’s total**

*6,483 people have been hospitalized, 164 more than yesterday’s total**

**The big jumps are explained on the county dashboard as the state Health Department adding “a large backlog” of 156 hospitalizations and 29 deaths, from November 2020 to June 2021.**

One week ago, the three totals we are now tracking were 111,425/1,611/6,300.

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

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 180 million cases worldwide, 33.5 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

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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.

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CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 6/22/2021 roundup

Tonight’s local pandemic notes, with eight days at most until the planned June 30th reopenin:

BRIEFING TOMORROW: Any chance that vaccination goal will be met before the 30th? That’s one of the things we can expect to hear in state health officials’ weekly briefing at 8:15 am Wednesday. You can watch live here.

NEWEST NUMBERS: Checking the daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health:

*111,757 people have tested positive, 51 new since yesterday

*1,618 people have died, 2 new since yesterday

*6,314 people have been hospitalized, 3 fewer than yesterday (data correction)

One week ago, the totals were 111,242/1,616/6,285.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 179.1 million cases worldwide, 33.5 million of them in the U.S. – see other nation-by-nation stats by going here.

CAN YOU VOLUNTEER? Two ways to help fight pandemic-worsened food insecurity – meal delivery in High Point and various roles at the White Center Food Bank.

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CORONAVIRUS: Monday 6/21/2021 roundup

With 9 days at most until full reopening, here is tonight’s roundup of local pandemic-related information:

STATE OF THE PANDEMIC: The state Health Department released the latest every-other-week “modeling and surveillance” report, with these toplines:

*Statewide case counts and hospital admissions continued to decline as of June 3, but were starting to flatten slightly.

*As of June 3, case rates continued declining in all age groups except people 70 and older, among whom rates remained flat.

*As of the end of May, statewide transmission levels remained relatively high.

*While vaccination has helped to reduce transmission, increases in estimated population immunity have started to flatten as vaccination rates slow.

*Vaccination is clearly protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, as demonstrated by the very different hospital admission trends we are seeing in unvaccinated populations.

*Variants of concern continue to pose additional risks for outbreaks and impacts to the health system, especially in places where vaccination rates are lower.

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily summary:

*111,706 people have tested positive, 60 more than yesterday

*1,616 people have died, unchanged since Saturday

*6,317 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Monday, the three totals we track were 111,164/1,615/6,275.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Check the state dashboard.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 178.7 million cases, 3,873,000+ deaths – 599,945 in the U.S. See the other stats – nation by nation – here.

VAX STATS: In King County, 77.4 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose; 70.3 percent are fully vaccinated. In West Seattle, the most-vaccinated zip code is still 98136 – 88.7 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose. (Maps and stats are here.)

3RD VACCINATION LOTTERY TOMORROW: Tuesday brings the third drawing for the “incentives” announced by the governor.

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CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 6/20/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check

Tonight’s pandemic notes, with 10 days at the most until full reopening:

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

*111,646 people have tested positive, up 62 from yesterday

*1,616 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*6,314 people have been hospitalized, up 2 from yesterday

One week ago, those three totals were 111,106/1,615/6,272.

WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Sunday roundups feature our check of these numbers, shown in two-week increments on the “geography over time” tab of the countywide daily-summary dashboard. For WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 53 positive test results; 54 in the 2 weeks before that; 98 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting two other West Seattle stats each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 68, which is one below last week’s total, so a recent state-database correction apparently removed one local death from the total. And a look at hospitalizations: 197 total have been attributed to people in the two peninsula HRAs since the start of the pandemic, adding one this week.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here (but again, note there was no update this weekend).

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 178.4 million cases and 3,864,000+ deaths, almost 602,000 of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here

SUMMER MEALS FOR STUDENTS: No need to go hungry while school’s out. Seattle Public Schools summer-meal sites get going 11 am-1 pm today – details and locations are here.

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CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 6/19/2021 roundup

Last pandemic-news roundup before summer arrives (8:31 pm Sunday):

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*111,584 people have tested positive, 75 more than yesterday’s total

*1,616 people have died, 4 more than yesterday’s total

*6,312 people have been hospitalized, 8 more than yesterday’s total

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Saturday, those numbers were 111,051/1,615/6,271.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 178.1 million people have tested positive, and more than 3,859,000 people have died; U.S. deaths have passed 601,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Turkey (unchanged again this week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

SWIM TIME: Colman Pool welcomed swimmers today for the first time in more than a year and a half. We didn’t get to the pool today but The Seattle Times has some cool pics. Two West Seattle wading pools, and our area’s sole spraypark, open next Saturday, also for the first time since end-of-summer 2019.

NOT VACCINATED YET? Besides checking whether your health-care provider offers vaccinations, you can use this search tool or call 833-VAX-HELP.

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CORONAVIRUS: Friday 6/18/2021 roundup

Tonight’s pandemic headlines, with 12 days at most until reopening:

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER’S BRIEFING: Though the situation has greatly improved, Dr. Jeff Duchin warned that “COVID-19 is not gone. … The virus is suppressed, but not eliminated.” See the video here.

KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the daily stats from the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:

*111,509 people have tested positive, 84 more than yesterday’s total

*1,612 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total

*6,304 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday’s total

Now our weekly check of key numbers on the COVID Vaccination Among King County Residents dashboard:

*1,504,658 people have received one dose (77.1% of everyone 12+)

*1,361,806 people have received both doses (69.7% of everyone 12+)

One week ago, the first three totals were 110,939/1,613/6,266, and the vaccination totals were 1,484,440/1,307,132.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 177.8 million cases, 3,851,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

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Mayor extends eviction moratorium, other pandemic-relief policies

Just in from Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s office: She’s extending the eviction moratorium for residential renters and small-business/nonprofit tenants another three months, through September 30th. The announcement notes:

The City is in the process of delivering $23 million in rent relief to Seattle’s residential tenants and landlords. In the coming weeks, the City Council will consider an additional $28 million in rental assistance directly allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act to the City of Seattle. In sum, throughout the pandemic, city-funded rental and housing assistance total approximately $75 million for tenants, landlords, and city-funded affordable housing providers, in addition to State and County resources. …

The executive order continues tenant protections prohibiting landlords from issuing notices of termination or otherwise initiating eviction actions with the courts unless there is an imminent threat to the health and safety of the community. Late fees, interest, or other charges due to late payment of rent during the moratorium are not allowed. However, tenants are still legally obligated to pay rent during the moratorium, and landlords are encouraged to offer flexible payment plans. Residential tenants who receive an eviction notice during the moratorium should contact the Renting in Seattle hotline at 206‐684‐5700 or go online to submit a complaint.

The moratorium on eviction of nonprofit and small business commercial tenants applies to independently-owned businesses with 50 employees or fewer per establishment, state nonprofits, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The extension also prevents eligible small businesses and nonprofits from incurring late fees, interest, or other charges due to late payment during the moratorium. For additional questions please see the Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Lease Amendment Tool Kit. 

The mayor’s announcement covers more than the eviction moratorium. Here are the other extensions:

The executive order also extends certain suspensions put in place to limit the economic impact of the pandemic on Seattle residents and small businesses. These extensions include the Utility Discount Program’s Self-Certification Pilot Program, temporary loading zones for restaurants and small businesses, and non-booting of vehicles for unpaid parking tickets. The City continues to assess when to lift these individual suspensions as it relates to the COVID-19 emergency.

Mayor Durkan has also directed utilities to refrain from shutting off service to customers through December 31, 2021.

CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 6/17/2021 roundup

Local/state pandemic news, with 13 days (at most) until reopening:

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: He announced an extra vaccination lottery for those who couldn’t be entered in the original one because their vaccine records are in the Department of Defense or Veterans Administration. Since the original lottery was announced, the vaccination rate had stopped “fall(ing) off a cliff,” he said. The state says we’re at 67.8% of 16+ taking at least one dose; 70% is the goal for reopening sooner than June 30th. Watch the video here.

NEWEST NUMBERS: Here’s the update from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*111,425 people have tested positive, 72 more than yesterday’s total

*1,611 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total

*6,300 people have been hospitalized, 8 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the three totals we are now tracking were 110,869/1,612/6,262.

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

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 177.4 million cases worldwide, 33.5 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

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CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 6/16/2021 roundup

With two weeks – at most – to full reopening, here are tonight’s local/state pandemic updates:

ANY CHANCE OF REOPENING EARLIER? During state health officials’ weekly briefing today, Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah said the state is now up to 67.2 percent of those 16+ having received at least one dose of vaccine; if 70 percent is reached before June 30th – requiring 140,000 more people to get a shot – the state could reopen early.

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING TOMORROW: 10:30 am Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee gives 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:

*111,353 people have tested positive, 111 more than yesterday’s total

*1,610 people have died, 6 fewer than yesterday’s total (PHSKC cites “data corrections”)

*6,292 people have been hospitalized, 7 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 110,717/1,609/6,256.

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

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

POP-UP IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Thursday afternoon, 2-5 pm, all are welcome at Summit Atlas (9631 35th SW) for a first or second dose of Pfizer vaccine.

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CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 6/15/2021 roundup

Tonight’s local pandemic notes:

MILESTONE: It was announced today that 70 percent of King County residents 16+ having had either two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot J&J. So in two weeks the county mask directive will end.

STAYING THE COURSE: But the governor is saying no to suggestions that he reopen the state early. .

NEWEST NUMBERS: Checking the daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health:

*111,242 people have tested positive, 78 new since yesterday

*1,616 people have died, 1 new since yesterday

*6,285 people have been hospitalized, 10 new since yesterday

One week ago, the totals were 110,565/1,607/6,239.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 176.6 million cases worldwide, 33.4 million of them in the U.S. – see other nation-by-nation stats by going here.

BRIEFING TOMORROW: State health officials’ weekly briefing is at 8:15 am Wednesday. You can watch live here.

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VACCINATION: King County hits 70% milestone, will drop mask directive in two weeks

70 percent of everyone 16+ in King County is fully vaccinated. County Executive Dow Constantine just made that announcement, and added that County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin‘s mask directive will end on June 29th. That of course is one day before the promised statewide reopening date – which still could move up if the state meets Gov. Jay Inslee‘s vaccination goal (which he reiterated today), 70 percent of people 16+ getting at least one dose. Today’s King County announcement notes that tomorrow marks six months since vaccination began here.

CORONAVIRUS: Monday 6/14/2021 roundup

With 16 days at most until full reopening, here is tonight’s roundup of local pandemic-related information:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily summary:

*111,164 people have tested positive, 58 more than yesterday

*1,615 people have died, unchanged since Saturday

*6,275 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Monday, the three totals we track were 110,417/1,602/6,231.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Check the state dashboard.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 176.2 million cases, 3,812,000+ deaths – 599,945 in the U.S. See the other stats – nation by nation – here.

VAX STATS: In King County, 76.4 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose; 68 percent are fully vaccinated. In West Seattle, the most-vaccinated zip code is still 98136 – 88.2 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose. (Maps and stats are here.)

2ND VACCINATION LOTTERY TOMORROW: Tuesday brings the second drawing for the “incentives” announced by the governor.

SPEAKING OF THE GOVERNOR … his next scheduled briefing/media Q&A is 10:30 am Thursday. No link yet.

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CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 6/13/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check

Tonight’s pandemic notes, with 17 days at the most until full reopening:

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

*111,106 people have tested positive, up 55 from one day earlier

*1,615 people have died, unchanged from one day earlier

*6,272 people have been hospitalized, up 1 from one day earlier

One week ago, those three totals were 110.338/1,602/6,228.

WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Sunday is the night we check these numbers, shown in two-week increments on the “geography over time” tab of the countywide daily-summary dashboard. For WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 46 positive test results; 75 in the 2 weeks before that; 118 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting two other West Seattle stats each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 69, no additional deaths since last week’s check. And a look at hospitalizations: 196 total have been attributed to people in the two peninsula HRAs since the start of the pandemic, adding one this week.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here (but again, note there was no update this weekend).

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 175.9 million cases and 3,803,000+ deaths, almost 600,000 of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here

SCHOOL VACCINATION CLINICS: Three this week at which the district says students and family members are welcome, first or second shots: Denny International Middle School on Tuesday and Friday, Madison Middle School on Tuesday.

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CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 6/12/2021 roundup

Mid-weekend pandemic notes:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:

*111,051 people have tested positive, 112 more than yesterday’s total

*1,615 people have died, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*6,271 people have been hospitalized, 5 more than yesterday’s total

ONE WEEK AGO: Last Saturday, those numbers were 110,258/1,602/6,224.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 175.6 million people have tested positive, and more than 3,795,000 people have died; U.S. deaths are about to pass 600,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, France, Turkey (unchanged again this week). See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

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CORONAVIRUS: Friday 6/11/2021 roundup

Tonight’s pandemic headlines:

KING COUNTY NUMBERS: We start with the daily stats from the Public Health daily-summary page, cumulative totals:

*110,939 people have tested positive, 70 more than yesterday’s total

*1,613 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total

*6,266 people have been hospitalized, 4 more than yesterday’s total

Now our weekly check of key numbers on the COVID Vaccination Among King County Residents dashboard:

*1,484,440 people have received one dose (76% of everyone 12+)

*1,307,132 people have received both doses (66.9% of everyone 12+)

One week ago, the first three totals were 110,117/1,599/6,214, and the vaccination totals were 1,460,642/1,243,683.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 175.2 million cases, 3,785,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

VACCINATION POP-UP TOMORROW: One more reminder that the Seattle Fire Mobile Vaccination Team will be at the first-ever South Delridge Farmers’ Market, all three vaccines available, 11 am-3 pm Saturday, 9421 18th SW.

SCALING BACK: Public Health’s every-weekday pandemic-roundup email will go to once-weekly starting next Thursday. So far it appears they’ll continue updating the daily-summary board daily, and until they stop that – or after the June 30th reopening, whichever comes first – we’ll continue with nightly roundups.

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CORONAVIRUS: Roundup for Thursday 6/10/2021

Local/state pandemic news:

NEWEST NUMBERS: Here’s the update from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*110,869 people have tested positive, 152 more than yesterday’s total

*1,612 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total

*6,262 people have been hospitalized, 6 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the three totals we are now tracking were 109,995/1,595/6,193.

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

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 174.8 million cases worldwide, 33.4 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

WEST SEATTLE POP-UP CLINIC: You can get vaccinated 11 am-3 pm Saturday at the new South Delridge Farmers’ Market.

SEEKING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES?: Use this lookup. Or call 833-VAX-HELP.

STATE REPORTS: Three new ones out – outbreaks, “vaccine breakthrough” cases, and virus sequencing/variants.

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VACCINATION: Pop-up clinic Saturday on new South Delridge Farmers Market’s opening day

Today is the first day without the city-run vaccination hub in West Seattle, but Seattle Fire‘s Mobile Vaccination Team will be back in two days for a pop-up:

The new South Delridge Farmers’ Market was announced 2 1/2 weeks ago. It’ll happen on the second Saturday each month through November.

CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 6/9/2021 roundup

Tonight’s local/state pandemic updates:

MAYOR ANNOUNCES MILESTONE: Visiting the West Seattle vaccination hub on its last day, Mayor Durkan announced that Seattle is the first big city to see 70 percent of people 12+ fully vaccinated. The city provided this chart:

The mayor thanked West Seattleites for their part in reaching the milestone.

VAX HUB BREAKDOWN: We went back at day’s end to see the hub start getting taken apart.

The crew there told us 245 people got shots on the last day.

GOVERNOR’S UPDATE: A few hours after the mayor’s West Seattle visit, Gov. Inslee mentioned the city’s achievement in his briefing (here’s the video). He also said that federal vaccinations – Defense and VA – have now been added to the state’s total, so that’s 150,000 more people, and the official tally is up to 66.4% with at least one shot, so the 70% threshold for reopening might be reachable before June 30th after all.

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

*110,717 people have tested positive, 152 more than yesterday’s total

*1,609 people have died, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*6,256 people have been hospitalized, 17 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 109,857/1,590/6,173.

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

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

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VIDEO: As city celebrates COVID-19 vaccination milestone, mayor thanks West Seattle on hub’s closing day

(WSB photos, video)

2:37 PM: With hours to go until the city’s West Seattle vaccination hub at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex closes, firefighters and others working there had a celebratory barbecue lunch.

They also got a visit from Mayor Jenny Durkan, who said Seattle has become the first city in the U.S. to have 70 percent of its eligible population fully vaccinated, and thanked West Seattleites for their part in it:

The Seattle Fire acting captain who’s been heading the testing and vaccination program, Brian Wallace, was there too:

He told us the site has given 51,000 shots and done 80.000 tests (it began, you might recall, as a test site). It’s open until 5:30 pm (2801 SW Thistle) if you suddenly decide it’s finally time to get vaccinated. The city’s closing its Rainier Beach and Lumen Field vaccination hubs too but continuing with the drive-thru site in SODO as well as Mobile Vaccination Team pop-ups (including one coming up soon in Delridge – stand by for details).

6:30 PM: We went back just before official closing time at 5:30 pm. They told us 245 vaccinations had been given on this last day. And then, it was time for breakdown:

Somebody played farewell-themed songs on a speaker as the work went on.

CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 6/8/2021 roundup

Tonight’s local pandemic notes:

VACCINATION HUB’S LAST DAY TOMORROW: As first reported here three weeks ago, the city is closing its West Seattle vaccination hub after tomorrow. Lots of other places to get vaccinated, of course, but this has been been the only all-vaccinations-all-the-time center in our area. All three vaccines are offered, 9 am until at least 4 pm, 2801 SW Thistle.

ALSO TOMORROW – TWO BRIEFINGS: State health officials will have their weekly briefing at 8:15 am (livestream here); Gov. Inslee plans a briefing at 3:30 pm (livestream here), partly about the pandemic, partly to talk about new leadership at the state Employment Security Department.

NEWEST NUMBERS: Checking the daily summary from Seattle-King County Public Health:

*110,565 people have tested positive, 148 new since yesterday

*1,607 people have died, 5 new since yesterday

*6,239 people have been hospitalized, 8 new since yesterday

One week ago, the totals were 109,779/1,592/6,170.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 173.9 million cases worldwide, 33.3 million of them in the U.S. – see other nation-by-nation stats by going here.

VAX STATS: 75.5 percent of King County residents 12+ have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 65.6% are fully vaccinated.

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CORONAVIRUS: Monday 6/7/2021 roundup

Tonight’s roundup of local pandemic-related information:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily summary:

*110,417 people have tested positive, 79 more than yesterday

*1,602 people have died, unchanged since Saturday

*6,231 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday

ONE WEEK AGO: No week-ago numbers tonight, since last Monday was Memorial Day and the county didn’t update the dashboard.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Check the state dashboard.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 173.5 million cases, 3,734,000+ deaths – 597,000+ in the U.S. See the other stats – nation by nation – here.

VAX STATS: In King County, 75.4 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose; 65.2 percent are fully vaccinated. In West Seattle, the most-vaccinated zip code remains 98136 – 87.5 percent of people 12+ have had at least one dose. (Maps and stats are here.)

VACCINATION LOTTERY TOMORROW: Tuesday brings the first drawing in the “incentives” the governor announced last week. If you’re still worried you aren’t going to be part of it, here’s what the state wants you to know:

The Washington State Department of Health recognizes many people have experienced challenges while trying to confirm their records were transmitted to the Washington State Immunization Information System and they are eligible for the “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery drawing. DOH also recognizes that many people were not able to verify their COVID-19 vaccine record in MyIR Mobile. However, the records have been transmitted to the WAIIS, which means DOH is able to access immunization data and will be able to pull winners from the pool of eligible vaccine recipients in the state.

In the meantime, people who have further questions about their eligibility should call the state’s vaccine hotline at 1-833-VAX HELP or visit walottery.com/vaccination.

Washington joins several other states in offering a vaccine lottery. Hitting the 70% statewide initiation of vaccination goal is an important component of our collective success against COVID-19, and we look forward to continued progress so we can restore our economy and get people back to living their normal lives.

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CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 6/6/2021 roundup, including our weekly West Seattle trend check

Tonight’s pandemic notes:

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

*110.338 people have tested positive, up 80 from one day earlier

*1,602 people have died, unchanged from one day earlier

*6,228 people have been hospitalized, up 4 from one day earlier

One week ago, those three totals were 109,658/1,592/6,159.

WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Sunday is the night we check these numbers, shown in two-week increments on the “geography over time” tab of the countywide daily-summary dashboard. For WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 50 positive test results; 84 in the 2 weeks before that; 156 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting two other West Seattle stats each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 69, up one since last week. And a look at hospitalizations: 195 total have been attributed to people in the two peninsula HRAs since the start of the pandemic, adding one this week.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here (but again, note there was no update this weekend).

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 173.2 million cases and 3,726,000+ deaths, 597,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here

SCHOOL VACCINATION CLINICS: Three this week at which the district says students and family members are welcome, first or second shots: Chief Sealth International High School on Monday, West Seattle High School on Tuesday and Friday.

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