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The Washington Department of Health has now had several weeks of COVID-19 data, and here’s a look at the numbers DOH has provided, as of March 27, 2020.

  • 175 deaths
  • 3,700 confirmed cases
Cases
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington.
Cases
COVID-19 deaths in Washington.

Counties with the most cases:

  • King: 1,760
  • Snohomish: 913
  • Pierce: 231
  • Whatcom: 92
  • Skagit: 91
  • Spokane: 86

Counties with deaths:

  • King: 125
  • Snohomish: 23
  • Clark: 6
  • Benton, Pierce: 5
  • Whatcom: 4
  • Yakima: 2
  • Grant, Island, Skagit, Chelan, Skagit: 1

Cases, deaths, and mortality rate by age:

Age      Cases (% of cases in WA)         Deaths (% of deaths in WA)                         Mortality Rate

<19:                    74 (2%)                                    0 (0%)                                                         0%

20s:                     370 (10%)                                0 (0%)                                                         0%

30s:                     557 (15%)                                0 (0%)                                                         0%

40s:                     518 (14%)                                2 (1%)                                                         .4%

50s:                     666 (18%)                                11 (6%)                                                       1.7%

60s:                     592 (16%)                                19 (11%)                                                     3.2%

70s:                     481 (13%)                                49 (28%)                                                     10.2%

80+:                    481 (13%)                                95 (54%)                                                     19.8%

Total:               3,700 (100%)                           175 (100%)                                                   4.7%

Tests:

  • Negative: 49,015
  • Positive: 3,700
  • Total: 52,715
Cases
COVID-19 tests in Washington.

Hospital Admissions

Cases
Weekly hospitalizations.

Personal Protective Equipment

Had success in obtaining this week:

  • 500 ventilators
  • 1,200 gowns
  • 500,000 N-95 masks
  • 130,000 surgical masks

Been able to purchase or have been donated:

  • 3,000 infrared no-contact thermometers
  • 10,000 disposable thermometers
  • 2.4 million N-95 masks, with an anticipated order of 2.2 million more.
  • 300 ventilators
  • 2,500 disposable stethoscopes
  • Varying numbers of coveralls and gowns sourced (ordered or donated.)
  • NOTE: It takes time for products and supplies to arrive and delivery schedules vary by item and by order. Arrival times an range from days to weeks. 

Having trouble obtaining:

  • Disposable gowns
  • Hand sanitizer

A simple online form and comprehensive resources are available at www.coronavirus.wa.gov to answer questions from businesses and individuals about their essential/non-essential status.

Camp Murray, WA – Washington state today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation goes into effect at midnight tonight, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks.

State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web portal is the central location for the most current information and resources for businesses and individuals: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers.

Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation defines essential and non-essential businesses and workers related to the COVID-19 emergency response. People are encouraged to review the proclamation language carefully on what is open and what is closed for the next two weeks.

“This is a difficult time for all of us, and we recognize the hardship on many businesses and families,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “As Governor Inslee said Monday night, we want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and to do that, we have to hit this hard. We are taking steps to relieve and mitigate the economic impacts of this action to the greatest extent possible.”

Brown underscored that this is for now a two-week closure, and state officials will be evaluating the situation as we move through the expected increase in numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19.

Inquiries from businesses about their essential/non-essential status are being reviewed as quickly as possible. For fastest response, businesses are urged to use the portal.

In response to widely-circulated rumors, state officials also want to be clear that no one needs to be registered on any list, and no one needs a letter or pass of any kind to continue moving about, conducting essential business and activities. Visit the portal’s Spread the facts page.

The COVID-19 portal from at www.coronavirus.wa.gov will have the most current and accurate information.

Lauren Jenkins, of the Washington State Department of Health, provided this update on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Numbers. As of Saturday night, 27,121 people in Washington have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 1,793 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19, and 94 have died of the disease.

Pandemic Stress

Disease outbreaks bring feelings of overwhelm, helplessness and worry. Social distancing is absolutely necessary right now to protect ourselves and people we love. And it comes with a cost. It is massively disruptive to our lives and it takes away many of the usual outlets we have for blowing off steam—gyms are closed, bars and restaurants are closed, social media is an incessant reminder of the pandemic. If you have a chronic disease or deal with depression and anxiety on a daily basis, you may be especially stressed right now. And, remember, those helping with the response efforts – nurses, doctors, first responders – are doing so while also worrying about their own health, and their families.

So what can we do to cope during this public health emergency?

Connect! It’s our relationships that will see us through this. Find a way to invest in those important relationships from at least 6 feet away. Skype, Facetime, Zoom or just talk on the phone. Videochatting is fun! You feel like a techno-wiz and you can see your friend and their pets and kids and make each other smile!

  • Take care of yourself. The old fashioned way—with nourishing foods, lots of sleep, deep breaths, and exercise. Exercise is especially good for your mental health. Unplug from social media. You know, after you’re done reading this.
  • Focus on anything else. Clean, cook, garden, sing, play games, create, read, write. Do whatever it takes to allow your mind to focus on the parts of your life that bring you energy and joy!
  • Know when to call for help. If you continue to feel overwhelmed and struggle to get through the day, call your health care provider, therapist or mental health provider and set up a telemedicine appointment.
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OLYMPIA, WA — State Representative Liz Pike, of Legislative District 18, said, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the state is facing an extreme risk for landslides.
In particular, said Pike, quoting the DNR, Lewis and Thurston Counties are currently facing extreme risk for landslides, which are expected to be “frequent and widespread.”
The most recent forecasts, updated a few hours ago, show all Western Washington and some Eastern Washington counties facing extreme landslide risk.
The DNR warns that sudden changes in creek levels, cracking wood of moving rocks are strong indications of a pending landslide, and they recommend staying away from hiking trails until the ground starts to settle.
If you see a landslide or indications of one, the DNR instructs you to get into contact with your local Emergency Management Division. The direct number is 800-562-6108 or 253-512-7000.
Stay safe out there!
Go to www.DNR.wa.gov for more details and updates on current conditions.