On Friday, King County was approved for Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan. Phase 2 is similar to the modified phase one, but allows for twice the capacity in retail, restaurants, and other businesses. It goes into effect immediately.
New in Phase Two:
- Restaurants can open with capacity limited to 50%.
- Nail and hair salons, barbers, gyms, retail stores and pet groomers are open and have more capacity.
- You can gather with up to five people outside your household once per week.
Social distancing is still important and outside is still better than inside. Keep washing hands and wearing masks in public. Keep in mind that the disease spreads mainly by respiratory droplets released when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s risk free or a good idea for your personal circumstances. Adults 60 and older and those with underlying health conditions remain at especially high risk for severe disease and they and their families should continue to take extra precautions.
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. The daily summary shows that there were 9,096 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County as of 11:59 on June 19, 109 more than the previous day. There have been 584 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 6.4% 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 109 new cases reported today, 76 were confirmed yesterday and the remaining 33 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 49 new cases per day, up from 35 a week ago. The 7-day average has increased 43% in the last week and 10% 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 fourteenth day of reported cases. The third graph provides a more detailed view of results in the last few weeks. 26.4 cases were reported per 100K residents during the 14-day period June 5 – June 18.
Will Daugherty welcomes your questions and comments. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org