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Changes in Occupation-Specific Non-COVID-19 Death Rates during the COVID-19 Pandemic in King County, Washington

This report examines death rates for common causes of death in King County, excluding those due to COVID-19. Included are deaths among working-age residents that occurred between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Deaths from COVID-19 are examined in a separate report. Examined are common causes of deaths and causes of death that may have been indirectly impacted by the pandemic.

Current Summary Report on Deaths Associated with COVID-19

Deaths where the decedent died of non-natural causes, such as traffic accidents, overdose, homicide, or suicide, are excluded for COVID-19 death reporting, even if the decedent had a positive confirmatory test. Unless otherwise specified, the deaths due to COVID-19 in this report refer to confirmed and suspected COVID-19 deaths.

Past reports: Feb 2021 (2020 Year-End Report) | Jan 2021 | Sept 2020

King County, Washington Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Survey, August 2020

This seroprevalence survey aimed to help understand the true number of infections in King County as of August 2020 by measuring the proportion of residents who had evidence of past infection with SARS-CoV-2. (2-page summary overview)

Changes in Death Rates during the COVID-19 Pandemic in King County, Washington

This report examines death rates for common causes of death in King County, and not only those due to COVID-19. Included are deaths that occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2020. Deaths from COVID-19 are examined in a separate report. Examined are common causes of deaths and causes of death that may have been indirectly impacted by the pandemic. Rates are shown by age group, by gender, by region of the county, and by race/ethnicity.

Summary Report on Outbreaks and Exposure Settings for COVID-19 Cases in King County, WA, November 2020

In this report, we describe COVID-19 exposure settings based on our interviews and investigations during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic from February 28 through November 20, 2020.

Substance Use Patterns in King County, WA: March – October 2020

Behavioral health refers to connections between behaviors and the health (physical and mental) and wellbeing of people, including substance use issues. Available sales data show that residents of Washington state increased their use of marijuana, beer and wine since March 2020. Marijuana sales in King County increased since March 2020.

Domestic Violence Patterns in King County, WA: March-September 2020

Community mitigation strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 resulted in increased stressors among King County residents and an increased amount of time spent at home. For individuals experiencing family violence, being at home is not always a safe place.

Computer and Internet Access in King County

Overall, access to adequate internet coverage is high (96%) but not all King County households have equal access to computers or high-speed internet that allow employees to work at home or children to participate in remote schooling

Economic, Social, and Overall Health Impacts of COVID-19 in King County, WA Background and Frequently Asked Questions
Increases in Food Needs in King County, WA, Spring-Summer 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community that have led to business and school closures, food insecurity has increased in King County, Washington.

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.