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Data Snapshot

UW Medicine Hospitals: 

COVID-19 Positive Inpatients Sept 24 2020

King County: The county reported 113 new positive cases and 5 new death on Sept. 23.

Washington: The state reported 83,702 cases and 2,081 deaths as of Sept. 22.

United States: The CDC reports 6,916,292 cases and 201,411 deaths as of Sept. 24.

Global: WHO reports 31,664,104 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 972,221 deaths as of Sept. 24.

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

UW Medicine in the News

The Wall Street Journal: Some Covid-19 Patients Show Signs of Heart Damage Months Later 
Featuring: Chuck Murry, ISCRM
‘“We basically die with the heart-muscle cells we’re born with, so anything that results in the death of heart muscle has the potential to irreversibly damage the heart’s mechanical ability and the heart’s electrical function,’ said Charles Murry, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Cardiovascular Biology, who is studying Covid-19’s impact on the heart. Heart inflammation can follow cases of the seasonal flu or other respiratory viruses and lead to irregular heartbeats or even heart failure in some cases, doctors and researchers say. The mounting evidence of Covid-19’s toll on the heart stems from studies probing the effect of the coronavirus on heart-muscle cells and autopsying people who died from the disease, as well as looking at the hearts of patients who have recovered.

KOMO News: COVID-19: Experts warn of dangers of gathering indoors as fall season starts

Featuring: Paul Pottinger, Allergy & Infectious Diseases; IHME
“Tuesday marks the first day of the fall season and as temperatures plunge and the weather gets colder, many experts are worried that people will take their social gatherings inside their homes — while also increasing the risk of spreading coronavirus. Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation expect the state to go into another lockdown by December as cases spike. The researchers are forecasting the state to reach eight deaths per million per day, a threshold they say would warrant another lockdown. Experts continue to emphasize that small social gatherings are much safer when held outside versus inside because air ventilation is remarkably better outdoors.”

NPR: Emergency Doctor On How Her Work Has Changed During The Pandemic 
Featuring: Sachita Shah, Emergency Medicine
“NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dr. Sachita Shah, an emergency physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, about her experiences over the course of the pandemic.” Listen to the audio or read the transcript.

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