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2020

24
APR

Testing at jail facility; free child care for first responders and essential workers; supplemental budget to continue COVID-19 response and recovery
Public Health – Seattle & King County will provide free testing to staff at the Maleng Regional Justice Center after six staff reported testing positive for COVID-19. Also, first responders and essential workers in King County can access free child care through a King County program to help parents working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

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APR

Rapid response in homeless shelters can help prevent spread of COVID-19; how to protect older adults at home; latest on antibody testing
New research details how a rapid response in homeless shelters by public health experts can help protect shelter clients and staff from COVID-19. Also, read about tips for keeping multi-generational families healthy at home.

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APR

COVID-19 cases among people living homeless rising; death at Kent isolation and quarantine facility
Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among people living homeless or working in homeless services sites. This includes two confirmed deaths. In addition, there was a death of a resident at King County’s Kent isolation and quarantine facility, which will be investigated by the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

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APR

New at-home testing effort improves outbreak data; additional testing available for first responders, health care workers; multilingual COVID-19 videos available
New cases of COVID-19 in King County have been identified that might have gone undetected, thanks to volunteer participants who collected their own sample at home and sent to a lab for testing. In additional news, testing has been made available for symptomatic first responders and health care workers who cannot access testing through their health care provider or occupational health services. Educational videos about COVID-19 now available in multiple languages.

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APR

Report: Promising results of social distancing to slow spread of COVID-19; Health officials stress importance of continued measures
New research suggests the spread of COVID-19 illness is slowing down thanks to the collective actions of residents in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, who are broadly following the "stay home" message.

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APR

Research published on social distancing and mobility; local sports stars join Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Stand Together. Stay Apart. campaign; new recovery sites open
New research shows decreases in mobility associated with social distancing policies. Local sports stars join Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Stand Together. Stay Apart. campaign to promote the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two new COVID-19 recovery sites are now open.

11
APR

Risks of ending social distancing too early; Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 145 new cases and 7 deaths reported for April 11, 2020
While some initial studies suggest social distancing measures are slowing the spread of COVID-19 in King County, Public Health cautions that relaxing our social distancing strategy too soon could overwhelm the healthcare system. In addition, Public Health reported 145 new cases, bringing the official case count in King County to 4,262, and 7 new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 284.

10
APR

Preliminary data from Public Health—Seattle & King County shows COVID-19 impacting all races and ethnicities, as 231 new cases and 19 deaths reported for April 10, 2020
Preliminary data shows COVID-19 impacting all races and ethnicities. In addition, Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 231 new cases, bringing the official case count in King County to 4,117, and 19 new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 277.

9
APR

Public Health – Seattle & King County to distribute over 20,000 COVID-19 test kits locally, and announces 198 new cases for April 9, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County is distributing over 20,000 test kits to high priority areas, thanks to donations from UW Medicine and the Seattle Flu Study. Public Health urges everyone to continue practicing social distancing, even while outdoors, in order to maintain progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 198 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3886.

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APR

Tips for safer transportation to necessary medical care; Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 202 new cases for April 8, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County provides tips to minimize risk when travelling to necessary medical appointments – including for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 202 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3688. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 244.

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APR

COVID-19 update for April 7, 2020: Coronavirus resources available in multiple languages to support overall effort to decrease illness, as Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 155 new cases
Public health resources are available in multiple languages. In addition, Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,486, and eight new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 230.

6
APR

Public Health—Seattle & King County reminds local residents that keeping apart from others is key to preventing new outbreaks of COVID-19, and also announces 164 new cases for April 6, 2020
Public Health—Seattle & King County urges everyone, even people who are young and healthy, to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,331. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 222.

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APR

Need for blood donation; Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 269 new cases for April 5, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds our community to respond to the need for blood donations. Public Health reported 269 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3167. In addition, 8 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 208.

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APR

Outbreak prevention in congregate settings; Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 111 new cases for April 4, 2020
Public Health – Seattle & King County continues to focus on preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in congregate settings, including jails. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention has taken steps to create greater social distancing in their facilities. Public Health reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,898. In addition, 14 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 200.

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APR

Emphasizing the importance of staying home, Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 131 new cases for April 3, 2020
Emphasizing the need for residents to stay home, Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,787. In addition, 11 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 186.

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APR

King County reducing density in shelters by moving nearly 400 people to hotels; and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 175 new cases for April 2, 2020
King County continues to reduce shelter concentrations by moving nearly 400 people to hotels. Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2656. In addition, 11 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 175.

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APR

Staying home is key to fighting COVID-19, but masks can be helpful for some; and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 166 new cases for April 1, 2020
Staying apart from other people is our best protection against COVID-19, but non-medical masks can be a supplement. Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 166 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,496. In addition, 14 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 164.

31
MAR

Updates for March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Response Fund grants over $10 million to meet needs of most vulnerable
Public Health—Seattle & King County has assisted the Seattle Foundation and United Way of King County to identify areas of need for over $10 million in grants to community organizations working with vulnerable workers and families impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Because of technical difficulties with a statewide database, no updates of new cases or deaths are reported today.

30
MAR

Staying home and limiting contact with others is helping, but must continue in order to limit the peak of COVID-19, and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 171 new cases
Staying home and limiting contact with others is helping slow the spread of COVID-19, and those limits must continue in order to reduce the impact of the outbreak. Public Health—Seattle & King County announced 171 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 2,330. In addition, nine new deaths are reported, bringing the total of deaths in King County to 150.

29
MAR

Updates for March 29, 2020: King County hospitals adapt to significant pressures from COVID-19
King County hospitals are seeing significant pressures as the number of COVID-19 cases increase. Public Health estimates 82 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the estimated case count in King County to 2159. In addition, five new deaths are reported, bringing the estimated total of deaths in King County to 141.