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Health officials stress continued vigilance as limited reopening begins

Summary

As King County continues its first week of limited reopening of some businesses and recreational activities, Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds the public to continue following physical distancing and infection control practices to help prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases. Also, expanded data available on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Story

After nearly three months of stay-at-home orders and other guidelines targeted at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the gradual reopening of businesses, recreational opportunities and social activities is underway across King County.

And, while some restrictions have been eased, it’s important that we approach reopening gradually and continue practicing infection control practices to help prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Public Health – Seattle & King County encourages everyone to follow these tips to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19:

Adhering to these guidelines will help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases across King County and will move the county closer to further reductions in business and activities restrictions as part of the State of Washington’s "Safe Start" plan.

Additional information

Expanded data available through daily outbreak summary dashboard

Public Health is including much more information about the COVID-19 outbreak in King County, through updates to our data dashboard called, "Daily COVID-19 outbreak summary." This dashboard expansion comes on top of a wide range of topic-specific dashboards that show the impacts of COVID-19 locally.

The expanded dashboard includes all of the details that were previously available on this dashboard, such as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19, and the ages in each category.

In addition, the dashboard now shows a much more detailed picture of what’s happening in each city and zip code in King County. Dashboard users can use "tabs" to filter by race, age and gender for each city. They can also compare how each city or zip code area compares to the overall rates for King County. (Most unincorporated areas are also included, and more will be added.)

One filter enables dashboard users to view the trends for the most recent two weeks (as well as earlier two-week periods). For example, this shows how much the outbreak is currently disproportionately impacting residents in South King County. In coming weeks, additional information will enable viewing more demographics over time, and a downloadable data file will be available.

Case updates

Daily totals for new COVID-19 cases and deaths are available on Public Health's Data Dashboard webpage, which updates as soon as data are available, typically between 1-3 p.m.

Isolation and quarantine facilities update

Ninety-eight people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities. This number includes crew members admitted on Sunday from an American Seafoods’ fishing boat that returned to its home port in Seattle with a number of cases of COVID-19. For more information, contact American Seafoods.

Additional information

  • Information about COVID-19 and the response in King County, be sure to check our webpage: www.kingcounty.gov/covid
  • Public Health publishes new information frequently through the Public Health Insider blog – please consider becoming a subscriber by choosing the option to "Follow Blog Via Email."