More testing sites, more tests. More tests, more awareness. More awareness, less COVID. Let’s do it!
Residents of south King County will have two more options for convenient, free COVID-19 testing in the coming days. New sites in Tukwila and Federal Way will expand efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in a disproportionately affected region of King County. These sites are open to anyone, regardless of insurance.
Early testing remains one of our best tools for preventing COVID-19 from spreading in our communities. Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Stay home and away from others while you are waiting for test results.
People are encouraged, but not required, to register for a testing appointment. Walk-ups are welcome, or people can receive a test in their vehicle Both sites will be open Monday through Saturday, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Visit www.chifranciscan.org/freetesting for more details on scheduling and registration at these two sites.
- The Tukwila testing center opens on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and is located at The Church by the Side of the Road, at 3455 S. 148th St.
- In Federal Way, the testing site will open a week later, on Tuesday, Oct. 13. It will be located at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
The testing centers will be operated by King County in cooperation with St. Anne Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, part of CHI Franciscan, and our local fire department partners.
Support for isolation and quarantine
Anyone who tests positive should isolate immediately. For those without a safe place to do so, King County isolation and quarantine sites are available to help people through a difficult situation and reduce risk of transmission. This is especially important for those living with a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (206) 477-3977 to see if isolation and quarantine services are right for you.
If you need help with registration, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (open seven days a week, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.), at (206) 477-3977.
- Visit Public Health’s testing webpage for more information about getting tested, including a list of free test sites.
- Check out the video of what it is like to get a COVID-19 test.
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 23,736 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County as of 11:59 on October 8, 150 more than the previous day. There have been 776 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 3.3% of all confirmed cases.
The numbers that Public Health reports each day include delayed results from previous days.
The first graph below shows new cases (blue bars) and the 7-day average (red line). Of the 150 cases reported yesterday, 130 new cases were confirmed yesterday and 20 were attributed to previous days. The 7-day average of new cases per day peaked at 197 on April 1 and then again at 194 on July 25. The average for the last 7 days is now 133 new cases per day, up from 129 a week ago. The 7-day average has increased 3% in the last week and 60% 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. 82.2 cases were reported per 100K residents during the 14-day period September 25 – October 8.
As of today, October 9, five 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.
- Rate of hospitalization per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days compared to the prior 14 days.
- Rate of death per 100,000 residents in past 14 days compared to the prior 14 days.
- Number of people tested for each positive result over the last 7 days.
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