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Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:

COVID-19 Positive Inpatients Chart March 5 2021

King County: The county reported 272 new positive cases and 9 new deaths on March 15.  

Washington: The state reported 329,893 cases and 5,135 deaths as of March 14.  

United States: The CDC reports 29,319,457 cases and 533,057 deaths as of March 16. 

Global: WHO reports 119,960,700 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,656,822 deaths as of March16.  

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

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update  

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 136,364 

  • Total first dose: 76,160 
  • Total second dose: 60,204 

As of March 14, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

NBC News: Seattle ICU staff at one of the first U.S. hospitals to combat Covid reflects on the past year
Video Featuring: Vin Gupta, IHMETamra Cooper, Neeru Kaur, Respiratory Therapy; Nicholas Brideau, RN
“One year after COVID-19 hit the U.S., what have hospitals learned? NBC News Medical Contributor Dr. Vin Gupta takes viewers inside a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and hears from respiratory therapy teams about a year of loss, and all that they’ve learned when it comes to treating critically ill coronavirus patients.”

KOMO News: Sea-Tac expecting pandemic record number of travelers for Spring Break holiday
Featuring: Christopher Sanford, Family Medicine 
While COVID cases have gone down and more people are getting the vaccine, doctors says it’s not the time to let your guard down and fly out on a spring break holiday. ‘People need to hold on a little longer, the CDC is still recommending against travel, said Dr. Christopher Sanford with UW Medicine. Sanford adds, if you must travel, do it like Gorman and Stewart by staying in your pod and choosing to recreate outdoors away from others. The biggest risk is being around a lot of people, so if you do, I would keep your number of social contacts small; I would wear a mask when you’re in a public area; I would keep social distance and I would wash your hands, said Sanford. If you travel, the CDC recommends getting a COVID test before and after trip and quarantine for 7 days after your test when you return. 

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 March 12, 2021 

  • Based on a press release from the manufacturer, the Novavax vaccine had an efficacy of 96.4% against mild, moderate and severe disease caused by the original COVID-19 strain in a Phase 3 trial in UK, and was 100% protective against hospitalization and death. More. 
  • Schools that used physical distancing of at least 3 feet had an equivalent incidence of SARS-CoV-2 in students and staff compared to schools that used a wider 6 foot physical distancing in a context where other mitigation measures were implemented. Findings were based on a retrospective cohort study among 251 school districts with any in-person learning in Massachusetts during the Fall 2020 academic period. More. 
  • The risk of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection was significantly lower among patients who had received at least 1 dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine compared to unvaccinated patients, based on a study of asymptomatic adults in the US undergoing a pre-procedural SARS-CoV-2 molecular screening test. 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: March 15 | Daily COVID-19 LST Report.
Listen to the latest podcast: Week of Feb. 15 | COVID-19 LST Podcast.

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