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CORONAVIRUS: Monday 8/10 roundup

Here are tonight’s toplines in the virus crisis:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative totals:

*16,749 people have tested positive, 148 more than yesterday’s total

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

*2,043 people have been hospitalized, 15 more than yesterday’s total

*337,664 people have been tested, 5,204 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the totals were 15,634/656/1,983/304,242.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

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

FITNESS CLARIFICATION: On Sunday, we reported that our area’s three biggest gyms were reopening today. Now, the governor’s office has clarified its latest guidance about fitness, issuing this FAQ today.

NEW RELIEF FUNDS: Also from the governor’s office today, news of two new relief funds, one for immigrants and one from agricultural workers.

ENFORCEMENT FEEDBACK: Last month, the city announced a plan to have the Department of Finance and Administrative Services oversee education and enforcement for businesses. Now they’re asking for feedback before making what was an “emergency rule” permanent. This update explains how to comment.

NEIGHBORHOOD SPIRIT: From Pete Spalding on Pigeon Point:

Since City Night Out was cancelled this year…..

The Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council decided a taco truck would be a good substitute. With social distancing and masks abundantly worn. Special thanks to Toni Wells for arranging for the taco truck and all of the Pigeon Pointers who participated in a safe manner.

What a great neighborhood.

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FOLLOWUP: Still time for your thoughts on ‘Stay Healthy Streets’

From Constellation Park …

(Beach Drive south of 64th, late Sunday afternoon)

… to Highland Park …

… three areas of West Seattle remain host to what the city calls “Stay Healthy Streets.” They are streets closed to through (vehicle) traffic, so there’s more room for bicycling, walking, running in these social-distancing times. Though there’s been an intention voiced for the inland stretches – including High Point/Sunrise Heights and Highland Park/South Delridge/Puget Ridge – to be permanent, no final decision is in yet. Supporters of making the Alki Point stretch permanent have an online petition going (you can’t miss the banner on the waterfront railing at 64th/Beach). The primary official method the city’s been using for feedback on the entire program is this survey, which has been extended through August 21st.

CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 8/9 roundup

Here are tonight’s virus-crisis updates:

KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*16,601 people have tested positive, up 129 from yesterday’s total

*674 people have died, down 1 from yesterday’s total*

*2,028 people have been hospitalized, up 3 from yesterday’s total

*332,460 people have been tested, up 10,048 from yesterday’s total*

One week ago, the totals were 15.510/649/1,963/300,529.

COUNTY DATA NOTE: The county says “data corrections” may lead to negative “since yesterday” stats such as the one above; also, test-results data was bad last night, so the big total tonight includes a catch-up.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 19.8 million cases and more than 731,000 deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.

REOPENING: West Seattle’s three biggest fitness facilities open to general use Monday for the first time since their pandemic shutdowns.

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ PLAN: The School Board meets 1 pm Wednesday to talk about the new school year – here’s the agenda.

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REOPENING: 3 big West Seattle fitness centers

Thanks for the tips! Three large West Seattle fitness centers have announced they’re reopening tomorrow (Monday, August 10th) – West Seattle Health Club (2429 SW Andover), 24 Hour Fitness (Westwood Village), and LA Fitness (3900 SW Alaska).

Reopening comes with a long list of new rules at each center – WS Health Club, for example, has posted its new rules online, including “Masks Required – unless you are exercising vigorously”; the protocols for 24 Hour Fitness say, “Wear a mask in the club at all times”; LA Fitness (whose rules are in a message to members, sent to us by a reader) says, “Members are required to wear face coverings while in the club, except when they are exercising and are able to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.” WSHC locker rooms will remain closed, as will those at LA Fitness.

The reopenings follow new state-issued guidance for fitness operations; you can read it here. Many smaller fitness businesses were able to reopen weeks ago.

CONGRATULATIONS! Local student’s art featured on West Seattle billboard

That billboard just north of the South Delridge 7-11 [map] features art by Madison O’Neal, who was a Denny International Middle School 8th-grader when her work was chosen as a winner of the Champions Together Hope & Resilience contest. The contest was citywide, asking youth to create art or poetry with a message of hope and resilience to get through the pandemic. The Southwest Seattle Youth Alliance provided the photo; Denny principal Jeff Clark tells WSB, “We are very proud of her and the many other Denny scholars who are stepping up to lead for positive change in many different ways! Go Dolphins!”

CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 8/8 roundup

On the second Saturday night of August, here are tonight’s virus-crisis toplines:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard – but with a caveat from the county, “Negative test results from 8/6-8/7 are not accurately reflected in this update; data will be corrected over the next day”:

*16,472 people have tested positive, 200 more than yesterday

*675 people have died, 5 more than yesterday

*2,025 people have been hospitalized, 7 more than yesterday

*322,412 people have been tested, 606 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 15,399/649/1,957/298,173.

ANOTHER LOCAL DEATH: One of the newly reported deaths is in the 98146 zip code – part of which is in West Seattle; 98146 now has 9 deaths.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 19.6 million people have tested positive, and more than 726,000 have died. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa – same as the past 3 weeks. See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: Reminder – 10 am-3 pm Sunday, food and more will be collected outside Alki UCC. The announcement:

Collections will be taken outside our building at 6115 SW Hinds; social distancing observed

Feeding hungry kids is our focus this summer. In addition to regular contributions of non-perishable food and other items, special requests include fruit cups and rollups, Gogurt, peanut butter and jelly, protein bars, mac and cheese, cereal, noodles and pasta sauce.

Toilet paper, diapers (all sizes), Similac formula, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and baby wipes are always welcome.

Donations are distributed through the White Center Food Bank.

SAFE SOCIALIZING: Public Health Insider breaks down the rules.

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CORONAVIRUS: Friday 8/7 roundup

23 weeks ago tonight, King County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced. Tonight’s roundup starts as usual with the numbers:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily summary:

*16,272 people have tested positive, 134 more than yesterday

*670 people have died, 7 more than yesterday

*2,018 people have been hospitalized, 12 more than yesterday

*321,806 people have been tested, 2,880 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 15,197/647/1,948/294,823.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 19.2 million cases, 719,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

STATEWIDE SITUATION REPORT: The state Department of Health issued this overview of where things stand statewide. Its announcemnt notes, “The report suggests areas of improvement are likely driven by behavior changes like wearing face coverings and staying six feet apart when away from home.”

NEED FOOD? Free lunches will be offered noon-1 pm tomorrow at West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California SW).

DONATION DRIVE: (corrected day) This Sunday, 10 am-3 pm, food and more will be accepted outside Alki UCC. The announcement:

Collections will be taken outside our building at 6115 SW Hinds; social distancing observed

Feeding hungry kids is our focus this summer. In addition to regular contributions of non-perishable food and other items, special requests include fruit cups and rollups, Gogurt, peanut butter and jelly, protein bars, mac and cheese, cereal, noodles and pasta sauce.

Toilet paper, diapers (all sizes), Similac formula, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and baby wipes are always welcome.

Donations are distributed through the White Center Food Bank.

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CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 8/6 roundup

“This virus is still with us,” reminded the governor in a media briefing today, in case you’ve forgotten. Now, tonight’s toplines:

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

*16,138 people have tested positive, up 192 from yesterday

*663 people have died, up 6 from yesterday

*2,006 people have been hospitalized, up 14 from yesterday

*318,926 people have been tested, up 6,758 from yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 15,039/647/1,946/256,588.

ONE MORE LOCAL DEATH: 98136 has long been the only West Seattle zip code with just 1 reported COVID-19 death. Now, the county map shows a second.

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

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 19 million cases worldwide, and the U.S. is at almost 4.9 million. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

LONG-TERM-CARE FACILITIES: These were the focus of Gov. Inslee’s media briefing today; see it here. He announced a new plan for these facilities, including visitation rules – here’s the summary.

TESTING FRIDAY, NEW HOURS: The weekly South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) COVID-19 testing starts earlier as of tomorrow – 7 am to 1 pm Fridays.

NEED FOOD? 2-5 pm Friday, free boxes of food are available at Food Lifeline (815 S. 96th).

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New hours for weekly COVID-19 testing in West Seattle

Starting this Friday, hours for weekly COVID-19 testing at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) will be earlier. Here’s the announcement:

UW Medicine and the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods are changing mobile COVID-19 testing site hours to 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Seattle College’s main campus in West Seattle, effective Aug. 7. The testing site, located in SSC’s north parking lot, is open on Fridays only. This change was made to avoid the hottest hours of the day during summer.

When: Fridays only from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: South Seattle College’s North Parking Lot, accessed by Entry 1 (campus map link)

Please Note: Visitors should only use Entry 1/North Parking Lot entrance. South Seattle College’s physical campus is otherwise closed to the public in response to COVID-19 with very limited exceptions for essential staff and programs approved by the state. The college is operating remotely until further notice and will run fall quarter classes in accordance with public health guidelines.

Testing Site Details

Anyone experiencing the following symptoms can come to the site, speak with medical staff from UW Medicine and, if qualified for testing, get tested on-site:

Cough
Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing
Fever
Gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Muscle Aches
Headaches
Chills
Sore throat
Runny nose
New loss of taste or smell

There is no cost to be tested. If you have health insurance UW Medicine will bill your insurance.
Walk-up and drive-up visitors are welcome. Please note due to King County Metro bus service reductions in response to the pandemic, the college does not currently have Route 128 service to campus. Route 125 is currently running. Visitors should only use Entry 1/ North Parking Lot Entrance where UW Medicine staff will direct you.

FOLLOWUP: Mioposto Admiral reopens after COVID closure

After a 4-day closure, Mioposto Admiral has reopened. Here’s the announcement we received:

Last Saturday we closed the restaurant upon hearing the news that one of our team members tested positive for Covid-19. That same day, we had a professional cleaning crew come in and disinfect the entire restaurant while all staff got tested and awaited results (we will be paying for lost wages during the closure). We are happy to announce that the entire crew has tested negative for Covid-19 and we are reopened for dine-in as well as take-out.

CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 8/4 roundup

Tonight would have been Night Out in hundreds of local neighborhoods, if not for the pandemic. So here are the Not-Night-Out toplines:

KING COUNTY’S NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*15,779 people have tested positive, up 145 from yesterday’s total

*657 people have died, up 1 from yesterday’s total

*1,984 people have been hospitalized, up 1 from yesterday’s total

*307,450 people have been tested, up 3,208 from yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 14,729/644/1,900/280,150.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES STUDY: From King County:

How many people have been infected with COVID-19 in King County? Who is more likely to be infected and how severe are their symptoms? And are there common risk factors we can identify among people who became infected so we can reduce risk Public health officials are hunting for answers to these questions and more with a new study. About 5,000 randomly selected households from across King County will be receiving postcards in early August 2020 from Public Health – Seattle & King County, asking them to volunteer to have a few drops of blood taken from a finger. This is known as a seroprevalence study (“sero” referring to the blood). Participants will also answer a confidential questionnaire that will help understand the spread and severity of disease. Taken together, information from the study will ultimately help to save lives. There is also a statewide seroprevalence study this summer being conducted by UW Medicine in partnership with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. There is also a national study that will follow a similar process for a study of people in all states. Read more about antibody testing and the King County study at this Public Health Insider blog post.

NEED GAS BILL RELIEF? Puget Sound Energy wants to make sure you know about its assistance fund.

NEED FOOD? 2-5 pm Wednesday and Friday, you can drive up/walk up and get a free box of food at Food Lifeline‘s HQ (815 S. 96th).

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CORONAVIRUS: Monday 8/3 roundup

Here’s what’s new in the virus crisis:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative totals:

*15,634 people have tested positive, 124 more than yesterday’s total

*656 people have died, 7 more than yesterday’s total

*1,983 people have been hospitalized, 20 more than yesterday’s total

*304,242 people have been tested, 3,713 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the totals were 14.619/643/1,896/279,762.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

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

NEW GUIDANCE: The governor didn’t have a briefing today, but did issue this:

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updates for Phase 2 and Phase 3 fitness guidance as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. The guidance is effective August 10, 2020.

Updates include:

Clarification on when facial coverings are required in indoor fitness facilities
Changes to calculation of occupancy limits for large facilities
Allowance for fitness and sports training other than group fitness classes

Read the full fitness guidance document here.

NEED FOOD? As the pandemic economic crunch continues, so does help to prevent hunger. Free boxes of food are available at Food Lifeline‘s South Park-area HQ on Wednesday and Friday again this week, 2 pm-5 pm (815 S. 96th).

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CORONAVIRUS: Sunday 8/2 roundup

Wrapping up the first weekend of August, here are tonight’s virus-crisis updates:

KING COUNTY’S NEWEST NUMBERS: First, the cumulative totals from the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:

*15.510 people have tested positive, up 111 from yesterday

*649 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*1,963 people have been hospitalized, up 6 from yesterday

*300,529 people have been tested, up 2,356 from yesterday

One week ago, the totals were 14,433/640/1,891/271,301.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 18 million cases and more than 689,000 deaths – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.

FOOD FOR KIDS/TEENS: Seattle Public Schools continues meal distribution at its designated sites 11 am-1 pm weekdays, as well as distribution by bus – full details here.

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CORONAVIRUS: Saturday 8/1 roundup

We have begun the sixth calendar month of the pandemic. Here are tonight’s virus-crisis toplines:

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

*15,399 people have tested positive, 202 more than yesterday

*649 people have died, 2 more than yesterday

*1,957 people have been hospitalized, 9 more than yesterday

*298,173 people have been tested, 3,350 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 14,255/640/1,877/270,739.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

…BUT REMEMBER THE DATA DELAY: In last night’s roundup, we mentioned a state data delay. Here’s the latest update from the state Health Department:

Our data experts continue to work on the data processing issue reported yesterday which resulted in duplicate records in our COVID-19 database. We were unable to update the dashboard yesterday, however we anticipate updating the DOH dashboard this evening with data from yesterday and today.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 17.7 million people have tested positive, and more than 684,000 have died. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa – same as the past 2 weeks. See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.

ANOTHER COVID CLOSURE: For the second consecutive day, a local restaurant has announced a temporary closure after an employee’s positive COVID-19 test. This time, Mioposto Admiral.

MAYOR VS. COUNCIL: It’s not just “the other Washington” where politicians are fighting over pandemic relief. This morning, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced she had vetoed a City Council-approved bill that would have spent much of the so-called “rainy-day fund” (to be paid back next year from proceeds of the new “high-earners” business tax) on economic relief for people, busnesses, and nonprofits. Here’s her letter announcing the veto, arguing the city already has faced multiple emergencies this year (including the West Seattle Bridge closure) and needs to be ready for more; here’s the text of the bill. The council’s budget chair, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, said the bill “provided $86 million to support Seattle small businesses and families through rental assistance, food assistance, support for child care, and flexible funding to support small businesses.” It was passed unanimously, which means the council is likely to override the veto, but they have to wait five days before bringing it up again.

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CORONAVIRUS: Friday 7/31 roundup

22 weeks ago tonight, King County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced. We start tonight’s roundup with the numbers:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily summary:

*15,197 people have tested positive, 158 more than yesterday

*647 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*1,948 people have been hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday

*294,823 people have been tested, 3,747 more than yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 14,047/638/1,866/265,108.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

STATE DATA FYI: From the Department of Health:

DOH experienced an outage with its reporting system today which caused interruptions in several functions. The data reported today is preliminary and only include cases through 7:00 pm on 7/30 (not 11:59 pm as is usual). DOH anticipates negative tests will be behind for a few days which will impact DOH’s ability to report out tests and percent positivity. Data dashboard visualizations will be impacted for a short time. DOH hopes to be back to normal by early next week.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 17.5 million cases, 679,000+ deaths – see the nation-by-nation numbers here.

NEW TESTING SITE ON THE WAY: While announcing today that the city is opening a new testing site in Southeast Seattle, the mayor also said a new “Southwest Seattle” is in the works too. No location disclosed yet, but the mayor’s office tells WSB it should be made public within a few weeks.

COVID CLOSURE: Chelan Café announced it’s closed because a cocktail-lounge staff member tested positive.

UPDATED RESTAURANT (ETC.) GUIDANCE: From the governor’s office:

The governor’s office today released updates to the July 24 guidance for restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries, and distilleries as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. Changes include clarification about which establishments can offer indoor seating, temporary outdoor seating guidance and counter-style seating clarifications. Read the full restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries guidance document here and attached memo here.

NEED FOOD? Free lunches will be offered noon-1 pm tomorrow at West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California SW).

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Chelan Café closed after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Received from the Chelan Café:

The Chelan Cafe will be closed until further notice.

On Friday, July 31st, a staff member from the cocktail lounge tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of this positive test and out of an abundance of caution, we are closing both the restaurant and the Ebb Tide Room temporarily.

During this closure, our employees will be tested and a company will be hired to conduct a deep cleaning. We will not be re-opening until all employees test negative. The well-being of our community, customers, and employees will always be our first priority, and we thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Thank you,
Mary Manning-Smith
Owner- Chelan Cafe

CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 7/30 roundup, delayed

For the second night this week, a late-night protest took us away from the desk for a few hours, so the roundup is delayed, but here we go:

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

*15,039 people have tested positive, up 160 from yesterday

*647 people have died, up 3 from yesterday

*1,946 people have been hospitalized, up 11 from yesterday

*291,076 people have been tested, up 5,771 from yesterday

One week ago, those totals were 13,834/636/1,838/256,588.

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

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 17.3 million cases worldwide, and the U.S. is at almost 4.5 million. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

WEST SEATTLE TESTING: Our weekly reminder – Friday is the weekly drive-up testing day in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor), Despite the original announcement, it actually starts at 9:30 am and continues until 3 pm, and you’re advised to get there early if you can.

SPEAKING OF TESTING: The mayor plans a media briefing Friday morning to announce “the expansion of free citywide testing.”

ALSO TALKING ABOUT TESTING ... was the governor, issuing a proclamation that he says will safeguard personal information in the contact-tracing process.

WISH YOU HAD BEEN BETTER PREPARED … pre-pandemic? The city has a few questions for you.

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SURVEY: Wish you knew then what you know now?

Thanks to West Seattle preparedness advocate Cindi Barker for the tip on this: A survey that gives you a chance to reflect on what you wish you had known before the pandemic hit – how prepared were you for some of the challenges these past five months have thrown at you? As the city-conducted survey explains, “We want to learn more about impacts to our community so we can help people be more prepared in the future.” You can answer the survey by starting here.

REOPENING: Outer Space Seattle to offer drop-off child care

(Photo: Life as a Voyager, Brigit Stadler)

Outer Space Seattle, which had only been open for 2 months when the pandemic began, reopens Monday, with a different mission: Drop-off child care. From proprietor Caitlin Huertas:

Space Camp Drop-off Child care will be Monday through Friday for kids 3-10 years old, kids must be potty trained. Child care is an essential need for many parents, and we are delighted to serve the families in our community. Following Health Department and CDC guidelines, we will be limiting the number of children in our facility at a time, so reserve your spot by going to our website www.outerspaceseattle.com

Each child will have their temperature taken at check in, and must wear a mask for the duration of their stay at Outer Space Seattle. All children must have a waiver, intake form, and Covid-19 screening form filled out and on file before attending. Each 3 hour Space Camp session will be split into two groups of 8 kids, and will be supervised by one staff leader. Each group will be utilizing different locations of our facility at different times. Space Camp includes a space-themed craft and time playing on our indoor playground.

Outer Space Seattle is at 2820 Alki SW.

CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 7/29 roundup

Here’s the virus-crisis news for a midsummer Wednesday:

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

*14,879 people have tested positive, 150 more than yesterday

*644 people have died, unchanged from yesterday

*1,935 people have been hospitalized, 35 more than yesterday

*285,305 people have been tested, 5.155 more than yesterday

One week ago, the four totals were 13,659/635/1,826/255,956.

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

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

STATE HEALTH BRIEFING: Topics today included trends – the case count has flattened in recent weeks despite a steady increase in testing – plus a scam alert: Be watchful of people claiming to be health authorities ssking for money or card/bank info; the real public-health reps would never do that. Overall, though, “disease activity is still quite high in the state,” health officer Kathy Lofy said. Watch the entire briefing here.

BEACH-FIRE BATTLE: The fire rings were removed from Alki, in hopes of discouraging gatherings, but now people are setting fires in the sand, and a special beach-cleaning vehicle was dispatched today.

CURBSIDE LIBRARY SERVICE: The King County Library System announced today that it’s adding the White Center Library to its curbside-service program starting next Wednesday.

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FOLLOWUP: Six days after ring removal, illegal beach fires persist at Alki

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

That beach-cleaning machine had to be dispatched to Alki this morning, with people continuing to ignore the beach-fire ban, less than a week after Seattle Parks removed the long-locked fire rings people had been damaging. Seattle Fire has been dispatched to Alki five of the six nights since then – three times on Thursday, once on Friday, once on Saturday, three times on Sunday, once last night. We asked Parks spokesperson Rachel Schulkin if anything else is planned. She replied, “I think the next move would be to close the beaches. We are grateful to SFD for their support and grateful that you are covering this and reminding folks that beach fires are not permitted this summer. In case folks wonder why, it’s because beach fires are more often than not used as a place for larger groups to gather. As we are still in Phase 2 and gatherings must be 5 people or less, beach fires are not permitted.”

CORONAVIRUS: Tuesday 7/28 roundup

Five months ago tonight, King County announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case. So, into month 6 we go …

UPDATED GUIDANCE: The changes the governor announced last week are now in writing, as explained: “The memo outlines the updates to gatherings, live entertainment, restaurants and taverns, entertainment and recreational centers, card rooms, movie theaters, and weddings and funerals.”

KING COUNTY’S NUMBERS, WITH A CAVEAT: The Public Health daily-summary dashboard warns, “Negative lab results may be delayed and counts may not be representative of the actual count of tests.” That said, here’s what the page shows tonight:

*14,729 people have tested positive, up 110 from yesterday’s total

*644 people have died, up 1 from yesterday’s total

*1,900 people have been hospitalized, up 4 from yesterday’s total

*280,150* people have been tested, up 388* from yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 13,486/635/1,818/252,090.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

TELEWORKING EXTENDED: Many public-sector employers in the Metro area have decided to extend teleworking through the end of the year.

NOT-SO-SWIFT RECOVERY: Younger COVID-19 patients don’t necessarily get over it fast. King County’s newsletter shares this alert:

CDC report emphasizes COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness, including in younger people: Unlike early in the pandemic, most of the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in King County have been in young people. In the last two weeks, over 65% of the positive cases were in people under the age of 40. People in this age group have lower likelihood of underlying health conditions and hospitalizations. However, the CDC released findings of a recent telephone survey that indicates more than one-third of people diagnosed with COVID-19 but did not have to be hospitalized had not returned to their usual state of health within 2-3 weeks of being tested. Among those between the age of 18-34 with no chronic medical conditions, one in five had not returned to their usual state of health. The CDC’s takeaway message? “Recovery from COVID-19 can take a long time, even in young adults.” Please share this message widely, especially if you communicate in networks that include young adults. You can refer to the entire CDC report here.

HELP SFD WITH PPE: Received today from the Seattle Fire Foundation:

Roughly 80 percent of the calls Seattle firefighters respond to are non-fire related, some of which are increasingly dangerous. In 2019, the Seattle Fire Foundation, the official non-profit organization of the Seattle Fire Department, was formed to help bridge the gap between the city budget and the changing needs of our city’s first responders. The initial ask of the community was to help raise funds to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of ballistic vests and helmets to respond to scenes of violence.

Last year, 70 sets of PPE were purchased to assist in providing Seattle firefighters additional safety. The Seattle Fire Foundation is asking for the community’s help to raise the funds to purchase an additional 88 sets by Labor Day. …

The foundation has laid out a goal of raising $135,000 by Labor Day in an effort to equip each Seattle firefighter with an appropriate set of PPE. It is critical that firefighters have the right resource for the right response.

Seattle Fire is not alone in adopting the use of this critical PPE. In 2018, the National Fire Protection Association adopted NFPA 3000, providing guidance and best practices for firefighters responding to active shooter and hostile events. The use of this PPE is an NFPA safety standard.

“Our heroes need heroes, and with the significant number of scenes of violence taking place, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to help ensure our first responders are properly equipped,” said Founder and President Debbie Steinhauer. “We are proud to help support the men and women who make up the Seattle Fire Department that risk their lives each day to serve our community. We are asking members of the community to consider making a donation at Seattlefirefoundation.org.”

STATE HEALTH LEADERS’ BRIEFING TOMORROW: 2 pm, you can get first word of the newest trends if you watch here as officials from the Washington Coronavirus Response Joint Information Center present their weekly media briefing.

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CORONAVIRUS: Monday 7/27 roundup, late edition

This one’s a few hours late, as we were out of the house on breaking news, but here’s what’s new in the virus crisis:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative totals:

*14.619 people have tested positive, 186 more than yesterday’s total

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

*1,896 people have been hospitalized, 5 more than yesterday’s total

*279,762 people have been tested, 8,461 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, the totals were 13,339/635/1,806/247,689.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.

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

NEED FOOD? The pandemic economic crunch continues. So does help to prevent hunger. Free boxes of food are available at Food Lifeline‘s South Park-area HQ on Wednesday and Friday this week, 2 pm-5 pm (815 S. 96th).

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