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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

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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.

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Preliminary data shows COVID-19 impacting all races and ethnicities

Public Health—Seattle & King County released preliminary data of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and confirmed deaths by race/ethnicity. This preliminary data shows COVID-19-related deaths and hospitalizations are impacting people of all races and ethnicities. However, additional data is needed to be able to draw conclusions about the impact COVID-19 is having across racial and ethnic groups in King County.

Many diseases, including COVID-19, have the potential to disproportionately impact people with serious underlying health conditions and those who are socially and economically disadvantaged," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health. "In addition to interviews with people who test positive, we're looking at other data sources to get a better understanding of the potential disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 across our community. This can help us determine if additional actions are needed."

The outbreak is still in a relatively early stage, and testing has not been widespread throughout the community. For these reasons, the available data likely does not provide the full picture of COVID-19 impacts across King County's population.

For example, many cases have been identified through testing at long-term care facilities and among patients admitted to hospitals. Access to testing is greater for those with more access to healthcare. This is likely to skew the racial/ethnic data that we do have towards a higher-income and whiter population.

For further details, please see the related blog post on Public Health Insider.

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Case updates

Public Health—Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 4/9/20.

  • 4,117 confirmed positive cases (up 231* from yesterday)
  • 277 confirmed deaths (up 19 from yesterday)

* The “new confirmed positive cases” figure we publish each day represents all new confirmed cases reported to us through 11:59 the night prior. Some of these test results were processed on days prior but were delayed in being reported to us.

Detailed information about demographics of those who died from COVID-19 is available on the data dashboard.

Temporary changes in reporting of negative COVID-19 test results

King County's COVID-19 data dashboard is based on data provided by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). As of April 4, 2020, DOH has temporarily stopped reporting data on negative test results. As a result, we are no longer displaying information on negative test results on our data dashboard.

Isolation and quarantine facilities update

Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Examples of people who may need this assistance include people who cannot safely isolate from a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Individuals can only be placed into the King County sites after a health professional with Public Health has determined that they need isolation or quarantine.

Sixty-seven people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.

The number of residents at King County's isolation and quarantine sites is included in regular updates provided by Public Health. No other identifying or personal information will be provided.