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  • caption: Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are shown on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland.

    Updates on the 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 Friday, February 26, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,956 Covid-19 related deaths; 320,317 confirmed cases; 18,505 probable cases; and a 1.5% death rate among positive cases. 19,275 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 74% of hospital beds taken, with 5% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 88% of beds taken, with 12% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 65% of beds taken with 5% 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. So far, 1,500,485 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 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: A drive-thru Covid-19 vaccine clinic takes place on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Bellarmine Preparatory School on South Washington Street in Tacoma.

    Pandemic blog: Updates for the Northwest (February 22-26)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, February 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,822 Covid-19 related deaths; 315,419 confirmed cases; 17,485 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 18,969 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 73% of hospital beds taken, with 6% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 88% of beds taken, with 12% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 67% of beds taken with 7% 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. So far, 1,270,425 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 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: Seattle Fire Department registration technician Jason Bare sits inside of an enclosed registration area on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the West Seattle Covid-19 testing site on Southwest Thistle Street in Seattle.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest (February 16-19)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, February 12, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,675 Covid-19 related deaths; 310,541 confirmed cases; 16,626 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 18,604 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 75% of hospital beds taken, with 6% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 89% of beds taken, with 14% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 70% of beds taken with 9% 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. So far, 1,057,844 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 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: Members of the Proud Boys, including chairman Enrique Tarrio, and organizer Joe Biggs, third from right, march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Biggs was arrested Jan. 20, 2021 for taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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  • caption: Genet Mekonen receives her first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, administered by Seattle Firefighter Alan Heddings, right, on Friday, February 5, 2021, at the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, ECS, along Rainier Avenue South. With 1,000 weekly doses, the city of Seattle partnered with ECS to vaccinate older adults in congregate permanent supportive housing in a pop-up vaccine clinic.

    Pandemic updates for Washington state (February 7-12)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, February 7, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,449 Covid-19 related deaths; 304,382 confirmed cases; 15,764 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 18,156 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 74% of hospital beds taken, with 7% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 89% of beds taken, with 14% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 81% of beds taken with 9% 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. So far, 833,935 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 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: Doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are drawn out during a vaccine clinic set up by the Othello Station Pharmacy and the Somali Health Board to vaccinate roughly 100 seniors in the community on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at The Brighton Apartments, a complex for seniors, on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle.

    Pandemic blog: Updates for the Northwest (January 31-February 4)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, January 29, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,285 Covid-19 related deaths; 295,861 confirmed cases; 13,940 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 17,543 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 74% of hospital beds taken, with 8% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 90% of beds taken, with 15% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 77% of beds taken with 13% 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. So far, 616,589 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 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. We want to hear your Coronavirus story. KUOW is creating a collection of stories of the people who died of Covid-19 and to celebrate the lives they lived. Learn more.

  • caption: Corey Mouer, a member of the Seattle Fire Department's mobile vaccination team, left, administers the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for a resident of Columbia Place, during a vaccine clinic in partnership with Seattle Housing Authority, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, on Holly Street in Seattle. In total, the City has vaccinated 1,502 vulnerable Seattle residents and workers since launching its vaccination effort on January 14, 2021.

    Covid-19 updates in the Northwest (January 25-29)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, January 22, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,114 Covid-19 related deaths; 287,031 confirmed cases; 13,167 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 17,129 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 24% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 83% of beds taken, with 13% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 61% of beds taken with 17% 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. So far, 391,195 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 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: People wait for 15 minutes after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday, January 24, 2021, during a one-day pop up Covid-19 vaccine clinic at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle.

    Pandemic updates: Covid-19 in the Northwest (January 19-24)

    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.