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Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:  

COVID-19 Positive Inpatients April 7

King County: The county reported 336 new positive cases and 1 new death on April 8.  

Washington: The state reported 347,523 cases and 5,306 deaths as of April 6.  

United States: The CDC reports 30,662,171 cases and 555,231 deaths as of April 7. 

Global: WHO reports 132,730,691 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,880,726 deaths as of April 7. 

Numbers update frequently, please follow links for most up-to-date numbers.  

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 190,569 

  • Total first dose: 106,505 
  • Total second dose: 84,064 

As of April 6, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

KING 5: Medical experts urge caution with ‘vaccine passports’
Featuring: Nancy Jecker, PhD, Bioethics & Humanities
“Medical experts are urging caution as companies and some governments advance plans for COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports.’ Supporters of the idea said the credentials are a way to prove someone has been vaccinated, allowing that person to visit certain venues or travel internationally. But some medical experts, including experts at the World Health Organization (WHO), said the passports could reinforce inequalities or impede on personal freedoms. ‘If we’re requiring vaccines to do all kinds of things, is our system for getting vaccines fair? And I think it’s established that it’s not,’ said Nancy Jecker, a UW Medicine bioethicist. Jecker said COVID-19 vaccination would not guarantee someone’s safety. ‘I think vaccine passports are not the way to go, and they pose a risk to public health, potentially, if they create a false sense of protection,’ said Jecker. ‘People start to take off their masks and mingle.’” 

KOMO News: Will there be enough vaccines when all Washington adults are eligible next week?
Featuring: Ali Mokdad, PhD, IHME
“Dr. Ali Mokdad with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and UW Medicine said we are headed in the right direction despite the supply and demand struggle. ‘We expect by May, June, most Americans who are willing to take the vaccine will have had the chance to get access to at least one dose,’ Mokdad said. Vaccine experts said to make your vaccine a priority and to not put it off once you’re eligible. They say every person vaccinated get us one step closer to beating this virus.”

KOMO News: Surge in COVID cases among young adults stirs new fears, concern
Featuring: John Lynch, MD, MPH, Allergy and Infectious Diseases
“More cases lead to more hospitalizations, even in younger people,” said Dr. John Lynch, an infectious disease expert at UW Medicine. “And some of those people unfortunately end up in the ICU and unfortunately some of them die. We have very young people who are critically ill right now (who are) in their twenties who are critically ill who unfortunately are infected.” Gov. Jay Inslee’s office has expanded eligibility for vaccinations for all who are 16 years and older on April 15. State officials say there is an urgent need to get them vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible.”

COVID-19 Literature Report  

COVID-19 Literature Situation Reportis a daily (M-F) newsletter put together by the Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness that provides a succinct summary of the latest scientific literature related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Takeaways: COVID-19 Literature Situation Report April 6, 2021 

  • An estimated 37,300 children aged 0-17 years in the US had lost at least 1 parent due to COVID-19 by February 2021, according to demographic simulations using kinship networks. Roughly 3 in 4 children who are estimated to have lost a parent are adolescents aged 10-17 years, and Black children were disproportionately affected. More. 
  • Transient local and systemic reactions were more frequently reported following the second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) according to a CDC surveillance system (V-safe). Reported reactions were highest on day 1 after vaccination and declined markedly through day 7, findings generally consistent with clinical trials. Reactions were more commonly reported by recipients of the Moderna vaccine compared to those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. More. 
  • Peaks in the incidence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) occurred 2-5 weeks after peaks in the incidence of COVID-19 in the US. Clinical manifestations of MIS-C varied by age. More. 

COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team, is an affiliated group of medical students, PhDs and physicians keeping up with the latest research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 by finding the newest articles, reading them, grading their level of evidence and bringing you the bottom line. 

Read the latest report: April 7 | Daily COVID-19 LST Report. 

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