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- Behavioral Health Needs and Services in King County, WA: March – May 2020
Community mitigation efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) resulted in dramatic increases in the number of King County residents who are unemployed or furloughed, and/or need assistance affording food, utilities, housing, and accessing health care. These stressors, added to social isolation and grief, are likely to affect the mental health and coping of many in the general population.
- Changes in Transportation Patterns Follow Community Mitigation Policies in King County, WA February – May 2020
Transportation patterns changed immediately after strategies were put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Low traffic volumes are one way to quantify whether the community is staying home and avoiding non-essential activities. Prior to community mitigation efforts, 72% of King County workers drove to work (either alone or in a carpool), 13% took public transit, 7% walked or biked to work, and 6.7% worked at home. Policy changes resulted in drastic changes in usage of highways, public transportation, ferries, walking, and bicycling in King County and Washington State.
- Unemployment Claims in King County, WA March – Early May 2020
Community mitigation efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including the closure of non-essential businesses on March 15, 2020, resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of people laidoff or furloughed in King County. Roughly one in five of residents filed initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims with the WA State Employment Security Department between March 1 and May 2, 2020, totaling 273,500 claims.