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COVID-19 News Update for Oct. 6, 2021

Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:  

King County: The county reported 302 new positive cases and -2 new deaths on Oct. 5. 

Washington: The state reported 594,448 cases and 7,860 deaths as of Oct. 4.  

United States: The CDC reports 43,773,573 cases and 702,360 deaths as of Oct. 5. 

Global: WHO reports 235,175,106 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,806,841 deaths as of Oct. 5. 

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

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 373,571 

As of Oct. 5, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

Scientific American: Vaccination Protects Pregnant People and Their Babies from Severe COVID
Featuring: Linda Eckert, MD, OB-GYN
“The Delta variant, currently the predominant SARS-CoV-2 strain, seems to be particularly bad for pregnant people, notes Linda Eckert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. According to preliminary data that the CDC presented during the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting on September 22, the number of pregnant individuals who were admitted to an ICU or died because of COVID this year has spiked. ‘Death rates in pregnant women have been the highest they have ever been at any time during the pandemic, and they are on the increase. So, I think our alarm bells are really going off for just how dangerous COVID is to pregnant individuals,’ says Eckert, who is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG’s) liaison at the ACIP.”

Patch: WA Hospitals Show Strong Vaccination Rates Among Staffers
Featuring: Lisa Brandenberg, President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics
“With just under two weeks until Washington’s deadline for state employees and health care workers to reach full vaccination status, many Puget Sound hospital systems are showing strong rates of compliance among staffers. Leading the pack is UW Medicine, whose facilities include Harborview Medical Center. The hospital system announced Tuesday that more than 97 percent of its staff and faculty were fully vaccinated. Monday was the last day to receive a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson in time for the deadline. ‘Our health care workers have worked endlessly and tirelessly this last 18 months supporting our community and taking care of patients across the state and our broader five-state community,’ said Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics. ‘I am incredibly thankful to them for the work that they’ve done, and I’m incredibly proud to be part of that team here at UW Medicine.’”

The Wall Street Journal: To Prevent the Next Pandemic, Scientists Seek One Vaccine for Many Coronaviruses
Featuring: David Veesler, PhD, Biochemistry
“Three deadly new coronaviruses emerged in the past 18 years, including the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome or MERS, and scientists warn another is likely. Many animals, including bats and rabbits, carry coronaviruses that can spread to humans. Millions of people around the world are being exposed to the pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2, raising the risk that new, vaccine-resistant variants will arise, scientists say. ‘We need to work proactively on these viruses and many, many others,’ said David Veesler, a University of Washington School of Medicine biochemist whose lab is testing an experimental vaccine against a group of coronaviruses.” 

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