News in a COVID 19 World | Northwest News | April 18, 2020

We are going back to our roots of covering Public Safety and other news in today’s COVID19 world.  Here are the stories that are happening in the Northwest on this Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Thank you for reading our post and we wish you to remain healthy and safe.  – Ed.

Washington State

COVID cases

  • In the State, there were 11,802 confirmed cases with 624 total deaths.  About 135,706 have been tested and cases are approximately 8.78% are testing postive as up to April 14, 2020. Datat was backlogged from April 4th.
  • There are 436 unassigned total confirmed cases.
  • Everyday, acute care hospitals are reporting the number of patients with lab-confirmed COVID cases in their hospitals and intensive care units (ICU) to the Department of Health.

Age Groups

  • 3% of those 0-19 years of age are confirmed cases; there have been no deaths among this age group.
  • 28% of the confirmed cases are those aged between 20-39 years of age and none of them have been reported as dying.
  • 34% of confirmed cases are 40-59 years of age and 8% in this age group have been reported as deaths.
  • 24% of confirmed cases are those aged from 60-79 years old. About 37% of them have died.
  • Those who are over 80 years of age are about 10% of the confirmed cases and over half of them are dying which equals to about 54% of this age group.
  • About 52% of the confirmed cases are women and about 43% of them are dying.
  • Men equate to 45% of the confirmed cases and about 57% of them are passing away.
  • There is a 3% unknown/give or take in the numbers.

Race Stats

  • Hardest hit populations of confirmed cases are:  about 54% are white or about 3,676 individuals (68% of the State population); 26% of the cases are hispanic or about 13% of the State population. Black population is about 451 confirmed cases and about 7% of the total cases, or about 4% of the State’s population.
  • About 416 white patients passed away which has been 75% of all total deaths followed by 11% Asian cases at 59 total deaths or 11% of the total deaths, about 9% of the State’s popluation.

Hospitalizations

The State’s residents and businesses have been pushing the local Government into reopening but some are warning of great impacts to more confirmed cases and increased deaths.

There are 92 acute care hospitals in the State, excluding 2 military hospitals. Behavioral health hospitals are excluded from the number count.  Information is reported daily to the State’s Public Health agency.

Here is what the week of April 10-17th looked like for our hospitals.

4/10/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reported in
  • 651 COVID cases
  • 191 in ICU

4/11/2020, SATURDAY

  • 50 hospitals reported in – decrease of reporting by 33 hospitals
  • 528 COVID cases – down by 123  COVID patients cases
  • 166 in ICU – down by 25 patients

4/12/2020, SUNDAY

  • 46 hospitals reporting in – decreased by 4
  • 388 COVID cases reported – a decrease of 140
  • 99 in ICU – down by 67 patients

4/13/2020, MONDAY

  • 89 hospitals reporting in – an increase of 43 hospitals
  • 645 COVID cases reported – a large increase of 257 cases
  • 194 in ICU – an increase up to 95 patients

4/14/2020, TUESDAY

  • 88 hospitals reporting – down by 1 hospital
  • 618 COVID cases reported – down 27 hospitalized
  • 201 ICU patients – increased up 7 patients

4/15/2020, WEDNESDAY

  • 87 hospitals reporting in – down by 1 facility
  • 622 hospitalized COVID cases – up 4 patients
  • 195 ICU patients – down from 6 patients

4/16/2020, THURSDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – down 4
  • 518 COVID hospitalized patients – down from 104 patients
  • 155 in ICU – down from 40 from the day before

4/17/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – remains the same
  • 586 COVID patients – up from 38
  • 193 in ICU – an increase of 38

4/18/2020, SATURDAY

ADAMS

  • Cases:  40 confirmed w/0 deaths.

ASOTIN

  • Cases: 12 total.. 0 deaths.

BENTON

  • Cases: 304. 34 total deaths.

Chelan

  • 65 total cases. 5 deaths.

Clallam

  • 14 total cases.  0 deaths.

Clark

  • 264 total cases. 15 total deaths.

Columbia

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Cowlitz

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

Douglas

  • 31 total cases. 1 death.

Ferry

  • 1 total case. 0 deaths.

Franklin

  • 177 total cases. 4 deaths.

Garfield

  • 0 cases.

Grant

  • 137 total cases. 2 deaths.

Grays Harbor

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Island

  • 157 total cases. 8 deaths.

Jefferson

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

King

Photo Credit:  City of Seattle.gov

  • 5,024 total cases. 339 deaths.
  • 136 total cases. 1 death.

(Source:  Seattle-King County Department of Public Health)

  • Amazon workers call for a virtual walkout in response to firings and working conditions amid the pandemic. (Source: Local news media)
  • UW coronavirus model says the State can safely reopen the week of May 18, 2020. (Source: News media)
  • Seattle: Parks remain open this weekend for walking, running, passing through. NO crowds or they’ll be shutdown. (Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County)
  • King County trails are closed and its making some residents unhappy. (Source: One poster asks the media)
  • Olympia: protesters plan to gather in Olympia to protest the stay-at-home order on Sunday, April 19, 2020. WSP won’t stop the protest but will enforce social distancing. (Source: Media)
  • COVID patients with Kidney failure: A nationwide alarm to get more ventilators for those with an unexpected toll on those with this medical condition. The plea has been ongoing for weeks. (Source:  Media)
  • Seattle’s Army Hospital: closes after 3 days without treating a single patient. (Source: US Army)
  • Online gardening classes:  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/wastewater/education/events.aspx
  • Lake Washington Schools:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1250931932302438400
  • King County Metro:  1st Driver, Samina Hameed, 59 to have died from the coronavirus.
  • Duvall Distillery:  Produces hand sanditizer not vodka.

Video Credit King County TV

  • 27 confirmed cases from Life Care Center – Kirkland

Kittitas 

  • 14 total cases. 0 cases.

Klickitat

  • 16 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lewis

  • 20 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lincoln

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Mason

  • 22 total cases. 0 deaths.

Okanogan

  • 14 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pacific

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Pend Oreille

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pierce  

  • 1,074 total cases. 32 deaths.

San Juan

  • 15 total cases. 0 deaths.

Skagit

  • 230 total cases. 7 deaths.

Skamania

  • 3 total cases. 0 deaths.

Snohomish

Cases

  • 2,093 total confirmed cases.
  • 164 probable cases.
  • 267 isolated at home or in long-term care with 2 in a facility.
  • 1,503 recovered cases.
  • 91 total deaths.
  • 325 under investigation.
  • 69 hospitalized.
  • 1st confirmed case was on January 21, 2020.
  • 1,207 total cases are females; 1,050 are males
  • Snohomish Co Health District: Case counts updated twice daily

Spokane

  • 298 total confirmed cases. 15 deaths.

Stevens

  • 8 total cases. 1 death.

Thurston

  • 92 total cases. 1 death.

Wahkiakum

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Walla Walla

  • 27 total cases. 0 deaths.

Whatcom

  • 273 total cases, 26 deaths.

Whitman

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Yakima 

  • 748 total cases. 35 deaths.

State Resources

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/19/2020 0100 PT