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For COVID-19 email alert subscribers, this page is a summary of updates that have occurred in the past week for new and significant information posted to the King County COVID-19 website, the Public Health Insider blog, the Public Health Twitter and Instagram accounts and related King County agencies.


What's the deal with boosters (and why it's a good time for a boost), Public Health Insider blog

Have you recently been notified by your child's school or your employer that you've possibly been exposed to COVID? Or have your heard from friends or family that they've had a positive test? If so, you aren't alone. COVID cases are rising again. If you are eligible for a booster shot but haven't gotten it yet, now is a perfect time to boost your protection.


New FAQ added to Rapid self-testing section

Can you use a COVID-19 home (antigen) test after the expiration date?


Information added to the Self-testing page for how to report rapid test results

You can now report your test results online or by phone.


If you have an iHealth test kit from Say Yes COVID Test, you can add three months to the "use by" date, WA State Dept. of Health on Facebook

The FDA has issued amended Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for several tests to extend expiration dating based on additional quality data from stability studies. If you ordered a free test from sayyescovidhometest.org, then, as long as the box and contents have been stored safely and remain intact, add 3 months to the "Use by" date (YYYY-MM-DD) on the box of your iHealth test kit.


COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding, CDC

New data shows that completing a 2-dose primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine during pregnancy can protect babies younger than six months from hospitalization.


Need convenient at-home COVID tests? Washington residents can request up to 10 tests every month, Public Health on Twitter

Order yours now at: http://sayyescovidhometest.org! Already ordered? Check your mobile text updates at the number provided or call 1-800-525-0127.


King County's COVID-19 Speaker's Bureau

King County's COVID-19 Speaker's Bureau provides free presentations on topics you want your organization or community to know. Language and accessibility options are available. Submit a request for a presentation.


  • 416,048 total positive cases in King County
    • 1,118 daily average cases
    • 7,824 new cases over the last 7 days (-31% decrease)
    • 346.1 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 7 days

  • 11,830 total hospitalizations
    • 15 daily average hospitalizations (37% increase over last 7 days)
    • 104 hospitalizations over the last 7 days
    • 4.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents over the last 7 days
    • 1.3% of cases hospitalized over the last 7 days

  • 2,779 overall deaths
    • 2 daily average deaths
    • 31 new deaths over the last 14 days (107% increase from the prior 14 days)
    • 1.4 deaths per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days
    • 0.2% of cases died over the past 14 days

All other COVID-19 dashboards are posted at www.kingcounty.gov/covid/data

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