Seattle/King County COVID-19 Updates *Through 8/14/20
The Emerald is pivoting rapidly to respond to the current needs of the community in COVID times. We now have several ways for you to get the latest Seattle and King County-area COVID-19 updates — including information about the status of Washington’s phased reopening plan, government guidelines and mandates, free and subsidized testing, mask-giveaway events, and more:
Author’s Note: Please skip to the end if you are only looking for the testing sites’ dates, locations, and hours of operation.
Residents of South King County will have access to two free, one-day pop-up novel coronavirus testing sites on June 13 and June 14, thanks to a partnership among Somali Health Board (SHB), King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice, Seattle-King County Public Health, and Tina Knowles-Lawson’s #IDidMyPart Mobile Testing Campaign.
King County will apply for a modified Phase One with eased disease benchmarks under Washington State’s new Safe Start guidelines, which Gov. Jay Inslee announced at a May 29 press conference. King County officials said in a later press conference that they will also increase access to testing in South King County in tandem with the move into the modified Phase One.
by Enrique Cerna, Jini Palmer, and Marcus Harrison Green
A public health study reveals that King County has significant racial disparities in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. Among Latinos, the study shows the virus death rate is two and a half times higher than white people. The study mirrors what is happening nationally as communities of color are being hit hard by the coronavirus. In episode 3 we break down the data in King County with Matias Valenzuela, equity officer for Seattle-King County Public Health, and we also meet registered nurse Jessica Esparza; an ICU nurse at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, who is risking her life to save others amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading Life on the Margins Episode 3: Communities of Color and the Covid-19 Pandemic→
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Dunn Asks for Report on Effectiveness of King County COVID-19 Response
Metropolitan King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn on Wednesday introduced a motion asking that the University of Washington analyze the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response in King County. The report would look at how the actions of King County leaders and Public Health – Seattle & King County impacted the spread of the virus and compare health outcomes.
“The COVID-19 pandemic may well be the worst viral outbreak many of us will see in our lifetimes,” Dunn said. “Given that this is new territory for all of us, we must arm ourselves with data on what worked and what didn’t in case we are ever faced with another crisis-level outbreak.”
Dunn’s motion asks that the University of Washington conduct this study in conjunction with Public Health – Seattle & King County, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Gates Foundation, and other organizations directly involved in the COVID-19 response in King County.
If approved, the analysis would be due by June 30, 2021. Dunn’s motion will be heard by the King County Council Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, May 19.