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  • caption: Anthony, a second-grade student at Somerset Elementary School, opens school supplies and folders from his cubby on Thursday, January 21, 2021, as second-grade students returned to in-person learning in Bellevue.

    Pandemic updates: Covid-19 in the Northwest

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, January 17, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 3,903 Covid-19 related deaths; 289,939 confirmed cases; 12,535 probable cases; and a 1.3% death rate among positive cases. 16,558 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's ICU monitor: King County has 71% of hospital beds taken, with 8% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 90% of beds taken, with 17% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 80% of beds taken with 18% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: Dr. AnGee Baldini fills out paperwork after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on the first day of vaccinations for employees on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue.

    Pandemic blog: Covid-19 updates for Washington state

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Saturday, January 9, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 3,698 Covid-19 related deaths; 260,360 confirmed cases; 10,611 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 15,415 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's ICU monitor: King County has 69% of hospital beds taken, with 9% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 88% of beds taken, with 14% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 75% of beds taken with 22% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Adam Pollard, a registered nurse with HealthPoint, draws out individual doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from a vial on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at a drive-thru vaccine clinic for healthcare workers in Renton.

    Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest (January 3-11)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Wednesday, December 30, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 3,461 Covid-19 related deaths; 237,165 confirmed cases; 9,587 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. A total of 14,748 people are hospitalized with Covid Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Pharmacists with CVS look out of the front entrance of the Life Care Center of Kirkland ahead of the administration of the first Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccinations for staff members on Monday, December 28, 2020, in Kirkland.

    Pandemic updates in the Northwest (December 21-30)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Saturday December 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 3,104 Covid-19 related deaths; 214,466 confirmed cases; a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Registered nurse Tina Nguyen uses a disinfectant wipe after administering a Covid-19 test on Friday, November 20, 2020, at the International Community Health Services drive thru testing site on 8th Avenue South in Seattle's International District.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington (December 14-20)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, December 13, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,879 Covid-19 related deaths; 202,063 confirmed cases; a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Hair stylist Carter Renee cuts Alan Davidson's hair on Wednesday, October 21 , 2020, at the patio salon that they created outside of their home in Seattle. "It feels like a dangerous job," said Renee. "If I didn’t love doing hair as much as I do, if it wasn’t my creative passion, I wouldn’t be trying this hard."

    Coronavirus pandemic updates for the Northwest (December 6-13)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, December 6, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,925 Covid-19 related deaths; 175,793 confirmed cases; a 1.7% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Barber Jasen Moore gets ready to cut Terrence Brown's hair at Earl's Cuts and Styles Barbershop on October, 15, 2020, in Seattle. “At first it was a lot of anxiety,” said Moore, who has been a barber for six years. “There’s a little fear of the unknown. I think that moving forward, the Covid pandemic has allowed us to step back and really see how we can get better as a business for the community to make everybody feel safe and comfortable while they’re at Earl’s Cuts and Styles."

    Covid-19 pandemic updates for the Northwest (November 30-December 4)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, November 29, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,703 Covid-19 related deaths; 162,700 confirmed cases; a 1.7% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Spc. David Penalba with the U.S. Army National Guard works to prepare daily meals for people experiencing homelessness ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in Seattle.

    Coronavirus pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest (November 23-25)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Saturday, November 21, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,619 Covid-19 related deaths; 141,260 confirmed cases; a 1.9% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Tents set up for drive-through Covid-19 testing are shown on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in the parking lot of the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center along Southwest Campus Drive in Federal Way.

    Pandemic blog: Coronavirus updates from across the Northwest

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, November 13, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,519 Covid-19 related deaths; 130 confirmed cases; a 2% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

  • caption: Two clear dome structures for customers to dine in are shown outside of San Fermo on Sunday, November 15, 2020, along Ballard Avenue Northwest in Seattle.

    Updates: Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, November 8, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 2,439 Covid-19 related deaths; 116,011 confirmed cases; a 2.1% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.