Seattle coronavirus news you may have missed this weekend

Mar 30 2020, 11:10 am

With COVID-19 reports coming in hourly, it’s easy to miss out on a lot of key information.

We’ve compiled a list of what you may have missed regarding the coronavirus pandemic in Seattle.

King County has tested 2,159 positive coronavirus cases, including 141 deaths

As of March 29, King County Public Health Officials has tested 16,280 cases. Of these, 13.3% tested positive for coronavirus.

Washington State has 4,869 confirmed cases as of March 29.

The US Army is turning CenturyLink Field Event Center into a temporary hospital

The Event Center at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle will be transformed into a temporary hospital to provide an urgent boost to the city’s hospital capacity.

The hospital will have an initial capacity of at least 150 beds for non-coronavirus cases, effectively freeing up bed space and resources at hospitals for coronavirus cases. With nearly 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibition hall and concourse space, the field hospital’s bed capacity at the Event Center can be expanded if need be.

Amazon has confirmed that an employee at its Kent fulfillment center has tested positive for coronavirus

According to a statement released by Amazon on Saturday, all Kent fulfillment center employees have been notified of the positive coronavirus case, and they “are following all guidelines from local officials and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees” at their site.

New modeling reports suggest that social distancing measures are making a positive impact on slowing the rate of coronavirus transmission

Using data from both the Washington State Department of health and Facebook, the Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling found that transmission rates of coronavirus have dropped by about half from late February to March 18.

“We are seeing a positive effect from the social distancing and other measures we’ve put in place, although significant numbers of cases and deaths continue to occur,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

“It’s important to note that these findings are based on relatively few cases and persons tested, and therefore come with a great deal of uncertainty. Continued monitoring with the measures in place will lead to more reliable data.”

Small businesses are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in loans

Small businesses in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the impact of the pandemic.

It is now mandatory for people who test positive for coronavirus to follow isolation protocols at home or at a recovery facility

Everyone with coronavirus symptoms who has a test pending is now required to stay isolated to help prevent the spread. If an individual does not isolate, they may be subject to enforcement actions including fines or even involuntary detention.

Funerals are allowed to take place

In a letter to Washington’s tribal communities, Governor Inslee announced that funerals may take place as long as they are only attended by immediate family members of the deceased and the family members in attendance maintain proper social distancing of staying six feet apart.

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