Safe Protesting Guidelines & Today’s COVID-19 Report | Tue Jun 2

Yesterday and today, Public Health shared perspectives from local leadership about George Floyd’s tragic death, yet one more in an endless string of violence perpetrated against Black people in our country, and answered questions about participating in protests while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

Recommendations include continued physical distrancing, face coverings and hand washing.  Also recommended is to quarantine or take extra precaution for 14 days after participating in group gatherings, getting testing right away if symptoms develop.  Finally, with the extreme difficulty of this time on everyone and especially Black people, please tend to the emotional and mental health needs of the community.

Also of note, the County is headed towards a modified Phase 1 permit, allowing for limited re-opening of some businesses on Friday, June 5.

Further details are all available in today’s update on the Public Health Insider.

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

Public Health has updated the data dashboard.  As of 11:59 pm yesterday, June, there were 8,235 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County, 50 more than the previous day.  There have been 560 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 6.8% of all confirmed cases. The numbers that Public Health reports each day include delayed results from previous days.

 The three graphs below chart new cases, total case count and the logarithmic trajectory of cases.

The first graph shows new cases (blue bars) and the 7-day average (red line).  Of the 50 new cases reported today, 26 were confirmed yesterday and the remaining 24 were confirmed in previous days.  The 7-day average of new cases per day peaked at 194 on April 1.  The average for the last 7 days is now 42 new cases per day, up from 33 three days ago.  The 7-day average has increased 10% in the last week and declined 24% in the last two weeks.  If the rate of decline during the last two weeks continues, the 7-day average will be 10 on around August 12.

The second graph shows the total case count.  With 8,235 total cases as of 11:59 pm yesterday, the compound daily growth rate during the last 7 days has been 0.52%, 3 basis points higher than the 0.49% rate during the prior 7 days.  With 8,235 cases, the daily growth rate must be less than 0.12% in order for the number of new cases per day to be less than 10.

The third graph shows the trajectory of cases in King County with the total number of cases on the horizontal axis and the new cases on the vertical axis.  Each axis is on a logarithmic scale.  Each blue dot represents a daily report.  The dot farthest to the left is the February 28 report.  Time passes from left to right as the total case count grows.  The dot farthest to the right is today’s daily report.  We can see a clear change in the trajectory since March 28, shortly after Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on March 23.

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

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