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COVID-19 News Update for July 8, 2021

Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:  

COVID-19 Positive Inpatients July 7 2021 

King County: The county reported 115 new positive cases and 5 new deaths on July 8. 

Washington: The state reported 416,832 cases and 5,973 deaths as of July 6.  

United States: The CDC reports 33,582,352 cases and 603,656 deaths as of July 7. 

Global: WHO reports 184,820,132 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,002,209 deaths as of July 8. 

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

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 349,854 

  • Total first dose: 170,188 
  • Total second dose: 179,666 

As of July 6, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

MyNorthwest: Young US adults among those with lowest COVID vaccination coverage
Featuring: Joshua Liao, MD, MsC, Internal Medicine
“Hesitancy among young adults now seems to be a primary reason why the country didn’t reach 70%. But, that said, this demographic can still be swayed, says Dr. Joshua Liao, associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He finds that younger people are more likely to get the shot if someone they trust recommends it. ‘I think nudging people towards what we think are good health decisions is really important,’ Liao said. ‘A very simple first step is to simply share your experience.’ Many young people have also reported avoiding the shots because they are confused by conflicting reports about their effectiveness and side effects. ‘What I tell young people is if you can’t keep up with the information, it’s not your fault. There’s a lot out there. But we need to make a distinction between what is overtly disinformation and the things that as we learn more, they evolve,’ Liao said.”

Baltimore Sun: COVID experts, speaking at symposium co-hosted by Johns Hopkins, lay out risks, benefits of vaccines for young children
Featuring: Christopher Murray, MD, DPhil, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
“Panelists noted that demand for vaccines has dropped. Federal figures show about 54.4% of the U.S. population has gotten at least one dose of vaccine, and among those age 12 or older 53.6% have had at least one dose. The vaccines most widely used, from Pfizer and Moderna, both require two doses. How many adults and children get vaccinated will be ‘super important’ as the more transmissible Delta variant gains a stronger foothold, said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Murray said he expects a surge in cases in late fall after kids go back to school, ‘nowhere near what we saw last year, but quite considerable.’”

COVID-19 Literature Report 

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.

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