Washington Businesses Directed to Enforce Masks & Today’s COVID-19 Report | Tue Jul 7

With 1,087 reported today, Washington State just exceeded the one-day record in new cases by more than 50%, which is consistent with the national trend.  As the situation continues to escalate, the CDC added new items to its list of recognized symptoms and the WHO is considering classifying COVID as “airborn” after more than 200 scientists request the acknowledgement.

In the meantime, Washington continues to develop the response.  Today, a provision within the face coverings requirements went into action for businesses, directing all businesses to require face coverings for their clients and customers.  Further information and guidance on the order is available for businesses in a pdf download from the statewide coronovirus site. It includes the following best practices:

  • politely educate customers or visitors about the mask requirement
  • keep a supply of disposable masks to offer
  • politely inquire any medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask
  • offer accommodation for those who cannot wear a mask (curbside pickup, delivery, etc)
  • do not serve customers who refuse to wear a mask and do not have a condition or disability that prevents them.

The full guidance document is here.

 Otherwise, the rest of this email is our regular synthesis of the Public Health data, provided by Will Daugherty of Pacific Science Center.  Thanks Will!  If you are interested in more details about the data in the county dashboard, the Public Health Insider today provided a helpful FAQ.

Public Health has updated the data dashboard.  The daily summary shows that there were 11,206 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County as of 11:59 on July 6, 66 more than the previous day.  There have been 596 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 5.3% of all confirmed cases.

The first graph below shows new cases (blue bars) and the 7-day average (red line).  Of the 66 new cases reported today, 44 were confirmed yesterday and the remaining 22 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 131 new cases per day, up from 107 a week ago.  The 7-day average has increased 23% in the last week and 104% 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.  74.7 cases were reported per 100K residents during the 14-day period June 23 – July 6.

As of today, 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.
  • Rate of hospitalization per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days compared to the prior 14 days.
  • Number of people tested for each positive result over the last 7 days.

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

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

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