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2020

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.

20
MAR

Additional testing capacity, adjustments at King County jails, and other COVID-19 updates from Public Health - Seattle & King County for March 20, 2020
Additional testing capacity for COVID-19 is arriving, but capacity is still constrained, and King County correctional facilities are taking steps to increase social distancing. Public Health announced 100 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 793. In addition, seven new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 67.

19
MAR

Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 update for March 19, 2020
Public Health announced 131 new cases today, bringing the official case count in King County to 693. In addition, four new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 60.

18
MAR

Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 update for March 18, 2020
Public Health reminds people to access the informational resources on Public Health Insider. We are reporting 44 new cases today, bringing the official case count in King County to 562. In addition, 10 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 56.

17
MAR

Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 update for March 17, 2020
Public Health provides updated guidance for retail establishments and childcares. We announced positive cases among King County employees. Public Health is reporting 30 new cases today, bringing the official case count in King County to 518. In addition, three new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths to 46.

16
MAR

Update for March 16, 2020: New state and local Orders issued to protect residents’ health from COVID-19
Today, Governor Jay Inslee ordered statewide closure of food establishments to sit-in service and the prohibition of gatherings of more than 50 people. Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, issued a local Health Officer Order for King County to prohibit gatherings of fewer than 50 people unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk.

15
MAR

Update on COVID-19 in King County for March 15, 2020
Public Health reminds our community to respond to the need for blood donations. We are announcing several suspensions of in-person Public Health service desks. We are reporting 32 new cases today, bringing the confirmed case count total in King County to 420. In addition, two new deaths are reported, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 37.

14
MAR

Update on COVID-19 in King County for March 14, 2020
Public Health provides updates on testing; guidance for small group gatherings; an update on Life Care Center; and temporary and isolation and quarantine facilities. There are 60 new cases that are being announced today, bringing the confirmed case count total in King County to 388. In addition, three new deaths are reported, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 35.

13
MAR

Update on COVID-19 in King County for March 13, 2020
Public Health provides updates on testing, guidance for child cares, emergency precautions at correctional facilities, and isolation and quarantine facilities. There are 58 new cases that are being announced today, bringing the confirmed case count total in King County to 328. In addition, five new deaths are reported, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 32.

12
MAR

Update: COVID-19 in King County for March 12, 2020
Public Health has issued guidance for retail establishments and schools. We are reporting 36 new cases today, bringing the confirmed case count total in King County to 270. In addition, one new death is reported, bringing the total deaths to 27.

11
MAR

Update: New state and local Orders issued to protect residents’ health from COVID-19
Today, Governor Jay Inslee ordered the prohibition of gatherings of more than 250 people in King County and other western Washington counties. In addition, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, issued a parallel local Health Officer Order for King County to prohibit gatherings of fewer than 250 people unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk.

10
MAR

Update: Increasing King County COVID-19 case numbers for March 10, 2020 point to importance of social distancing
With increasing number of COVID-19 cases, Public Health – Seattle & King County urges King County residents to take very seriously the recommendations to limit social contacts and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We are reporting 74 new cases today, bringing the official case count total in King County to 190. In addition, two new deaths are reported, bringing the total deaths to 22.

9
MAR

Update: King County COVID-19 case numbers for March 9, 2020 and information about testing
With a number of viral respiratory germs circulating right now, Public Health – Seattle & King County urges King County residents to take precautions if they are ill, but not to assume it is COVID-19. Public Health is reporting 33 new cases today. The official case count total in King County is now 116. In addition, three new deaths are reported, bringing the total deaths to 20.