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Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:

King County: The county reported 204 new positive cases and 10 new deaths since Nov. 15. 

Washington: The state reported 666,016 cases and 9,029 deaths as of Nov. 15.  

United States: The CDC reports 47,145,861 cases and 761,426 deaths as of Nov. 16. 

Global: WHO reports 253,640,693 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5,104,899 deaths as of Nov. 16. 

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

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 417,050 

As of Nov. 16, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

Tacoma News Tribune: Some positive signs in COVID battle, but WA hospital officials note the holidays loom
Featuring: Seth Cohen, MD, MS, Allergy & Infectious Diseases
“As the officials on Monday encouraged those eligible to get their COVID boosters and for children over age 5 to get vaccinated, the concern now turns to holiday gatherings. Cohen of UW offered tips for families and cautioned that gatherings should remain small given the precarious state of COVID’s current fifth wave. ‘I really think the important conversations that we should be having are how can we live with this safely?’ he said. ‘I do think the one lingering limitation is trying to keep gatherings on the smaller side,’ he said.”

CNN: Advice for winter 2021: Get vaccinated and wear a mask
Featuring: Ali Mokdad, PhD, IHME
“Epidemiologist Ali Mokdad of the University of Washington, where teams have been tracking and forecasting the pandemic from the beginning, was horrified to see unmasked crowds at a recent Texas A&M football game on television. ‘They all ran onto the field,’ he said. ‘No one had a mask on.’ Even in areas with high vaccination rates, enough people are unvaccinated still to allow for the virus to spread. Studies have shown so-called natural immunity doesn’t protect people as well as being vaccinated does, so there is a large pool of people who can still catch and spread the virus. Which means it is not over for anyone. ‘Get a vaccine. Wear a mask,’ Mokdad advised.”

U.S. News & World Report: Long COVID Rare in College Athletes
Featuring: Jonathan Drezner, MD, Sports Medicine
“The extent and effects of persistent symptoms in athletes after COVID-19 infection have been unclear, so researchers went searching for answers. ‘For the vast majority of athletes, this study shows that a return to play is possible without lingering COVID symptoms. But any new chest pain or cardiopulmonary symptom should be taken seriously,’ said co-senior author Dr. Jonathan Drezner, director of the Center for Sports Cardiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. ‘Even if initial cardiac testing is negative after a COVID-19 illness, chest pain while exerting yourself should be evaluated.’ He and his colleagues looked at nearly 3,600 athletes from 44 U.S. colleges and universities who had had COVID. In all, 1.2% had symptoms that lasted for more than three weeks after initial illness or symptom onset.”

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