The Ministry of Health says it’s over 329,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington and 5.135 People have died from the virus across the country. The state says 2,442,269 Vaccine doses were given. Further updates can be found below.
Washington State is currently in Phase 1B, Stage 1, of vaccine distribution. This means that the vaccine will be available to everyone aged 65 and over and those aged 50 and over who live in a multi-generational household, in addition to the population groups eligible in Phase 1A. As of March 2, educators and child carers were enrolled in phase 1B-1.
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Confirmed coronavirus cases across Washington state
Tuesday March 16
5:18 am – Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Monday that she would extend the city’s eviction moratorium until June 30, 2021, which is highly praised by city guides.
“Families in Seattle who are concerned about their housing stability at the end of the month can breathe a sigh of relief. I thank Mayor Durkan for her announcement to extend the eviction moratorium of the city of Seattle, “said Council President Lorena Gonzalez in a written press release.
Monday March 15th
10:30 p.m. – Health officials say there have been 329,893 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state and 5,135 deaths since the outbreak began.
5:14 pm – Dr. Gordon Cohen, MD of Mercer Island told the Seattle Morning News that we need to continue to focus on “education and advocacy” to encourage people to actually receive the vaccine once they are eligible. Continue reading.
3:11 pm – Washington Rep. Kim Schrier, who is also a pediatrician, attended a volunteer vaccine administration shift at the ShoWare Center mass vaccination center in Kent on Monday. She wrote that all three approved vaccines are “safe and effective”.
I had a great time today on a volunteer vaccine administration shift at the ShoWare Center. All three approved vaccines are safe and effective. If you are eligible, you should get what you can! pic.twitter.com/cOsF9qljV4
– Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (@RepKimSchrier) March 15, 2021
2.15 p.m. – Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the COVID-19 moratorium on house evictions, nonprofits and small businesses will be extended to June 30, 2021. The mayor is also extending the temporary relief program for those who need help with paying some utility bills.
As more businesses reopen, Durkan also announced that the city’s rule limiting parking in a public place to 72 hours will come back into effect on April 1, 2021.
12:49 am – With the spring break just around the corner and as the cases in the US seem to be on a downward trend or at least a steady trend for the time being, more people may be turning to travel. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not currently recommend travel. Continue reading.
10:36 a.m. – When you get your stimulus checks this week, says Dave Ross of KIRO Radio, we should do our part to keep inflation under control by treating it like it’s making money. Continue reading.
8:44 am – The Washington Department of Health reports it will receive over 302,000 doses of vaccine from the federal government this week.
Almost 124,000 of these cans will be distributed to community health centers and local health care providers. Another 108,000 will go to hospitals, over 33,000 to mass vaccination clinics, over 27,000 to pharmacies, and the remaining 10,200 to tribal health centers.
7:02 a.m. – As stimulus payments begin across the country over the weekend, local nonprofit Mary’s Place is helping the Seattle homeless get their money too. Continue reading.
5:37 am – With the state moving into Phase 3 on March 22, health officials remain concerned about a modest spike in case numbers in West Washington and a plateau in cases in East Washington that goes back to late February.
“A plateau or an increase at this high level is worrying,” said the DOH in its latest management report. “We want these numbers to decrease further.”
Cases are also starting to increase in younger adults between the ages of 20 and 39, a trend that “used to be an early warning sign of major increases in the general population”.
The hope is that as more of Washington’s population over 60 years old are vaccinated, cases in the vulnerable population will decline faster, and possibly trigger a fourth wave in the spring.
Read last week’s updates here.