Tonight’s pandemic notes:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Checking at the moment’s every day abstract from Seattle-King County Public Well being – the cumulative totals:
*81,379 folks have examined constructive, 102 greater than yesterday’s whole
*1,357 folks have died, 12 greater than yesterday’s whole
*5,083 folks have been hospitalized, 1 greater than yesterday’s whole
*895,001 folks have been examined, 2,481 greater than yesterday’s whole
One week in the past, the totals have been 80.317/1,321/5,008/879,299.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them right here.
NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 112.1 million circumstances worldwide, 28.2 million of them within the U.S. – see different nation-by-nation stats by going right here.
ANOTHER VARIANT: From the state Well being Division:
The Washington State Division of Well being (DOH) together with Public Heath – Seattle & King County and the UW Drugs Virology Lab, announce that the B.1.351 variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in King County, WA.
The variant, initially recognized in South Africa, was recognized yesterday via genomic sequencing on the UW Drugs Virology Laboratory. The affected person examined constructive for COVID-19 on January 29, 2021. Different particulars in regards to the case, together with journey historical past usually are not accessible because the particular person was not capable of be reached via contact tracing efforts.
On the similar time, a virology lab discovered proof of 19 further circumstances of the B.1.1.7 variant pressure in Washington state. First recognized in the UK, this brings the overall variety of recognized circumstances of the B.1.1.7 variant in Washington state to 39. Presently, there are not any confirmed circumstances of the P.1 variant that originated in Brazil.
So why does this matter? The announcement quotes King County Well being Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin as saying, “The B.1.1.7 variant can unfold extra readily and B.1.351 viruses would possibly scale back vaccine effectiveness.”
VACCINATION SITUATION: Karen emailed at the moment to say she obtained an appointment at a South King County pharmacy via the volunteer-run covidwa.com – so should you’re nonetheless looking, and up for touring, that may be your breakthrough.
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