Reports related to COVID-19
This report examines King County COVID-19 deaths from 2020-2022. It summarizes all deaths due to COVID-19 reported to Public Health – Seattle & King County and examines patterns by age, race/ethnicity, geography, and vaccination status. It also uses death certificate data to provide additional context, including analyses of leading causes of death, predisposing conditions, excess deaths, and contributing factors.
The Commissary Kitchen Program used Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery (CLFR) funding to provide financial assistance to small, low- income caterers and mobile food units that closed or worked fewer hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. 42 businesses received funding for operating expenses, and educational training opportunities about business outreach, marketing, and best practices. This report details how businesses were selected, what support they received, how successful the program was in keeping businesses in operation, and what the businesses had to say about the program.
This report is based on reflections and feedback collected from internal and external stakeholders regarding the first two years of Public Health – Seattle & King County’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The report captures strengths, lessons learned, and recommendations to strengthen future responses to public health emergencies. Among many other insights, the report highlights recommendations to sustain and bolster community partnerships, strengthen supports for staff wellbeing, and capture innovative practices for application in other responses.
We are grateful to staff from across Public Health and other King County departments, our partners, and the community, all of whom contributed their time and expertise to the COVID-19 response.
A summary of the report is available in the following languages:
This report examines the characteristics of King County residents who filed for unemployment insurance (UI) during the first 20 months of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 – October 2021). Unemployment insurance (UI) filings increased after the “WA Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and decreased when the order ended. This report describes disparities observed in who filed for unemployment insurance (UI) by age, gender, race, and education.
People living with disabilities experienced the impacts of COVID-19 in a unique way. Public Health – Seattle & King County partnered with the Disability Empowerment Center and Lifelong Aging And Disabilities Services to understand their experiences. This report sheds light on how the pandemic impacted people living with disabilities in King County, WA. It also highlights supports that were helpful to address the negative impacts of COVID-19 and some of the inequities faced by the disability community.
Households with children have been disproportionately impacted by the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief report compares indicators of well-being (mental health, affording basic needs, housing security, and food sufficiency) among residents of King County, WA and surrounding areas living in households with and without children. It also examines the association of monthly Child Tax Credit advanced payments received from July-December 2021 on these indicators of well-being.
Housing instability is an important social determinant of health. This brief describes housing insecurity in King County, WA and the surrounding area during the first 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting disparities by demographics and place. For context, this brief also summarizes key housing insecurity mitigation policies implemented at the local, state, and federal level.
Youth and young adults have experienced many disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mitigation strategies such as school closures and remote learning, social isolation, family financial hardship or lack of access to food; and some have also experienced the illness or death of a family member due to COVID-19. These experiences impact emotions and mental wellbeing. This report examines data on mental health, including suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt among youth and young adults in King County.
This report compares the impact of different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on COVID-19 incidence, hospitalizations and deaths in King County between January 2021 and October 2021. The report examines the epidemiology and trends in COVID-19 associated with variants of concern, especially the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta variants.
This report examines changes in health care access and health care utilization in King County between March 2020 and June 2021. The report describes the impact of COVID-19 on lack of health insurance, increased Medicaid enrollment, delay of care, and changes in visits for primary care, well-child, and telehealth.
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.
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)
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
|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.