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Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:  

King County: The county reported 639 new positive cases and 0 new deaths on Aug 2. 

Washington: The state reported 434,550 cases and 6,127 deaths as of Aug 1.  

United States: The CDC reports 34,972,532 cases and 611,051 deaths as of Aug. 2. 

Global: WHO reports 198,234,951 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,227,359 deaths as of Aug. 2. 

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

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 354,636 

As of July 29, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

The Washington Post: When will the summer coronavirus surge peak? It will get worse before it gets better, experts predict.
Featuring: Ali Mokdad, PhD, IHME
“Modelers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict a rise through mid-August, leveling off at about 300,000 cases daily. In that scenario, deaths rise to a September high of 1,500 daily. But if everyone were to wear a mask — an unlikely prospect, institute epidemiologist Ali Mokdad acknowledged — the caseload could be about 10 times smaller.”

The Seattle Times: King County hospitals should require employees to get COVID vaccine, health officials say
Featuring: Lisa Brandenburg, President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics
“Some hospitals have already implemented a vaccination mandate for their workers, including all University of Washington Medicine hospitals and clinics. The policy aligns with UW Medicine’s broader campus policy for faculty, staff, trainees and student employees, according to a statement from the department. As of Friday, more than 80% of UW Medicine frontline workers had been vaccinated. Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine hospitals and clinics, said in a recent video statement she feels receiving care is ‘very safe’ at the health care system’s four hospitals: Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center-Montlake, UW Medical Center-Northwest and Valley Medical Center in Renton. Every patient is tested before admission and during their stay, limited visitors are masked, and rates of infections among employees are ‘very low,’ Brandenburg said.”

KUOW: Misinformation could be behind trailing youth vaccinations in WA
Featuring: Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, Pediatrics
“King and San Juan counties stand out, once again, in leading the state in Covid-19 vaccinations. A total of 61.9% of King County’s youth have initiated vaccination, according to a recent analysis by The Seattle Times, with 68.2% of the San Juan County’s youth doing the same. But just north in Snohomish County, and South in Pierce County, the vaccination rates drop off. And in some places along the Idaho border, like Garfield County, the vaccination rate plummets to 8.6%. Dr. Douglas Diekema is a pediatrician with UW Medicine. He says some parents are nervous about the vaccine’s safety. Others oppose it. In some cases, parents don’t provide their children permission to get vaccinated, even if they want to. ‘I understand that concern. But, you know, with this disease, we’re playing Russian roulette to some degree,’ he said. He cautions that even in mild cases, some youth could experience long-term impacts like brain fog, a loss of taste or smell, and heart inflammation in rare cases.” 

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