2 New Testing Sites, Queer Resources Online & Today’s Public Health Report | Wed Sep 2

Are you keeping up with the Public Health Insider?  If not, we recommend it!  Just this past week, they had two posts of import.  Just on Monday they announced some new testing sites in South County.  And over the weekend, they had an amazing post regarding online resources for queer community during the pandemic.

Monday’s announcement concerns new testing sites in Renton and Auburn.  These will bring additional free COVID-testing to south King County, where communities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. A new site in Auburn opened today, Sept. 1, and a new site will open in Renton on Sept. 8. 

Also check out the post by guest blogger Mars (SOAR Social Media Ambassador), which has a strong personal narrative, great perspectives on the challenges for queer folk during COVID-19, especially those with gender dysphoria. 

As Mars says in the post, “Transgender people and especially transgender youth [are] more vulnerable to the stress and instability of this pandemic. However, online queer communities have been popping up in every facet, that I really encourage you to seek them out if they could be of support to you.”

The post also offers a slew of online resources, such as the following:

  • Gay City – Central hub for LGBTQ individuals seeking affirming and responsive resources, wellness, and community. Resources available for COVID-19, LGBTQ families, youth, and community members.
  • Club Q – LGBTQ dance party averages about 400 attendees, ages 16+. Join 9pm-12am or 4pm-12am Saturdays, Zoom code – 832 0853 3972
  • Peer Washington – Made up of Peer Seattle, Peer Spokane and Peer Kent, Peer WA provides emotional support, coaching, advocacy, and resource navigation for LGBTQ+ community members impacted by addiction, mental health and/or HIV/AIDS.
  • The Trevor Project – Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Available 24/7.

Otherwise, the rest of this post is our regular synthesis of the Public Health data, provided by Will Daugherty of Pacific Science Center.  Thanks Will!  

Update from Public Health – Seattle & King County

Public Health has updated the data dashboard.  The daily summary shows that there were 19,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County as of 11:59 on September 2, 96 more than the previous day.  There have been 730 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 3.7% of all confirmed cases.

The numbers that Public Health reports each day include delayed results from previous days.

Observations

The first graph below shows new cases (blue bars) and the 7-day average (red line).  Of the 96 new cases reported today, 90 were confirmed yesterday and 6 were confirmed in previous days.  The 7-day average of new cases per day peaked at 195 on April 1.  The average for the last 7 days is now 98 new cases per day, down from 112 a week ago.  The 7-day average has decreased 12% in the last week and 28% in the last two weeks.

The key indicators that the State and County are using to make decisions about reopening include a measure of the total number of cases reported in the previous 14 days per 100K residents.  The target for this metric is less than 25.  The second and third graphs below show this metric.  The second graph goes back to March 12, the first day on which the metric could be reported.  The third graph provides a more detailed view of results in the last several weeks. 66.0 cases were reported per 100K residents during the 14-day period August 20 – September 2.

 As of September 2, four of the eight key indicators are not meeting the targets established by the Washington State Department of Health.  The key indicators not meeting targets are:

  • Total number of cases for the last 14 days per 100,000 residents.
  • Effective reproductive (Re) number calculated by the Institute for Disease Modeling and Microsoft AI for Health team.
  • Number of people tested for each positive result over the last 7 days.
  • Number of days (median) between illness onset and test date over the last 7 days.

Thank you for being curious.

-Will

Will Daugherty welcomes your questions and comments.  His email is wdaugherty@pacsci.org

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