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2020

9
APR

Public Health – Seattle & King County to distribute over 20,000 COVID-19 test kits locally, and announces 198 new cases for April 9, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County is distributing over 20,000 test kits to high priority areas, thanks to donations from UW Medicine and the Seattle Flu Study. Public Health urges everyone to continue practicing social distancing, even while outdoors, in order to maintain progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 198 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3886.

8
APR

Tips for safer transportation to necessary medical care; Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 202 new cases for April 8, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County provides tips to minimize risk when travelling to necessary medical appointments – including for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 202 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3688. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 244.

7
APR

COVID-19 update for April 7, 2020: Coronavirus resources available in multiple languages to support overall effort to decrease illness, as Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 155 new cases
Public health resources are available in multiple languages. In addition, Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,486, and eight new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 230.

6
APR

Public Health—Seattle & King County reminds local residents that keeping apart from others is key to preventing new outbreaks of COVID-19, and also announces 164 new cases for April 6, 2020
Public Health—Seattle & King County urges everyone, even people who are young and healthy, to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,331. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 222.

5
APR

Need for blood donation; Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 269 new cases for April 5, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds our community to respond to the need for blood donations. Public Health reported 269 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3167. In addition, 8 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 208.

4
APR

Outbreak prevention in congregate settings; Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 111 new cases for April 4, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County continues to focus on preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in congregate settings, including jails. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention has taken steps to create greater social distancing in their facilities. Public Health reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,898. In addition, 14 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 200.

3
APR

Emphasizing the importance of staying home, Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 131 new cases for April 3, 2020
Emphasizing the need for residents to stay home, Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,787. In addition, 11 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 186.

2
APR

King County reducing density in shelters by moving nearly 400 people to hotels; and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 175 new cases for April 2, 2020
King County continues to reduce shelter concentrations by moving nearly 400 people to hotels. Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2656. In addition, 11 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 175.

1
APR

Staying home is key to fighting COVID-19, but masks can be helpful for some; and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 166 new cases for April 1, 2020
Staying apart from other people is our best protection against COVID-19, but non-medical masks can be a supplement. Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 166 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,496. In addition, 14 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 164.

31
MAR

Updates for March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Response Fund grants over $10 million to meet needs of most vulnerable
Public Health—Seattle & King County has assisted the Seattle Foundation and United Way of King County to identify areas of need for over $10 million in grants to community organizations working with vulnerable workers and families impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Because of technical difficulties with a statewide database, no updates of new cases or deaths are reported today.

30
MAR

Staying home and limiting contact with others is helping, but must continue in order to limit the peak of COVID-19, and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 171 new cases
Staying home and limiting contact with others is helping slow the spread of COVID-19, and those limits must continue in order to reduce the impact of the outbreak. Public Health—Seattle & King County announced 171 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,330. In addition, nine new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 150.

29
MAR

Updates for March 29, 2020: King County hospitals adapt to significant pressures from COVID-19
King County hospitals are seeing significant pressures as the number of COVID-19 cases increase. Public Health estimates 82 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the estimated case count in King County to 2159. In addition, five new deaths are reported, bringing the estimated total of deaths in King County to 141.

28
MAR

Updates for March 28, 2020: New health officer order, COVID-19 support for shelters and people living homeless, and Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 249 new cases of COVID-19
Public Health – Seattle & King County's Health Officer re-emphasized the need to prevent new cases with a new health order and directive. With prevention activities ongoing at shelters, individual cases have been identified and responses are underway. King County will open isolation and quarantine beds in Issaquah on March 29th, in addition to facilities already operational in Kent and North Seattle. There are 249 new cases and 11 new deaths from COVID-19 today.

27
MAR

Updates for March 27, 2020: Testing capacity expands, research published about nursing homes, and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 251 new cases of COVID-19
Testing capacity is expanding in high priority areas. Findings are published from investigations into outbreaks at local long-term care facilities. And Public Health - Seattle & King County announced 251 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1828. In addition, 16 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 125.

26
MAR

Updates for March 26, 2020: New cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, but community actions may be limiting the spread
Community actions may be helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. Public Health announced 218 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1577. In addition, nine new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 109.

25
MAR

Public Health—Seattle & King County launches new data dashboard and social campaign, and other COVID-19 updates for March 25, 2020
A new public campaign launched, called "Stand Together, Stay Apart." Public Health—Seattle & King County launched a new data dashboard to update daily case counts and deaths. Public Health announced 82 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1359. In addition, six new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 100.

24
MAR

Reminder to avoid contact with others: COVID-19 updates from Public Health—Seattle & King County for March 24, 2020
Everyone, even people who are young and healthy, must stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Public Health estimates 107 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the estimated case count in King County to 1277. In addition, seven new deaths are reported, bringing the estimated total of deaths in King County to 94.

23
MAR

Urgent need for people to limit contact, and other COVID-19 updates from Public Health - Seattle & King County for March 23, 2020
Staying home is vitally important to King County’s ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 illnesses. Public Health announced 130 new cases today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1170. In addition, twelve new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 87. A new local system launched to learn how COVID-19 virus is spreading.

22
MAR

Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 update for March 22, 2020
Public Health urges everyone to practice social distancing. We’re working with food establishments to ensure compliance with COVID-19 health precautions. We will begin providing updates on the number of people in King County's isolation and quarantine facilities. There are 106 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1,040 and one new death was reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths to 75.

21
MAR

New COVID-19 recovery site for vulnerable populations, and updates from Public Health - Seattle & King County for March 21, 2020
King County has joined with Harborview Medical Center to repurpose Harborview Hall to serve as a 45-bed COVID-19 recovery site for vulnerable populations. In addition, Public Health announced 141 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 934. In addition, eight new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 74.