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COVID-19 News Update for Sept. 22, 2021

Data Snapshot  

UW Medicine Hospitals:  

 

King County: The county reported 453 new positive cases and 9 new deaths on Sept. 21. 

Washington: The state reported 562,104 cases and 7,315 deaths as of Sept. 22.  

United States: The CDC reports 42,234,211 cases and 675,071 deaths as of Sept. 21. 

Global: WHO reports 228,807,631 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,697,099 deaths as of Sept. 21. 

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

UW Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update 

Total Vaccine Doses Administered: 365,935 

As of Sept. 21, 2021. 

UW Medicine in the News 

STAT: Winter is coming, again: What to expect from Covid-19 as the season looms
Featuring: Jeffrey Duchin, MD, Allergy & Infectious Diseases
So what should we expect as we head into our second Covid autumn and winter? ‘The bottom line is, I think, uncertainty,’ said Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for the Seattle and King County public health department, who has been mired in the Covid response since the earliest days of the U.S. outbreak. ‘We’re experiencing a new virus, a newly emerged pathogen, and we’re trying to fight it with new tools that we don’t have a lot of experience with,’ he said. ‘And we’re dealing with unpredictable human behavior … which is a very important factor as well, and environmental factors that may influence the severity of Covid outbreaks and how well it transmits. There’s a lot of moving parts,’ said Duchin, who is also an infectious diseases professor at the University of Washington. Among them: the questions of when Covid vaccines will be approved for use in children and what percentage of parents will agree to vaccinate their kids.”

The Seattle Times: COVID-19 hospitalizations down in Washington, but deaths are on the rise
Featuring: Steve Mitchell, MD, Emergency Medicine
“At Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Dr. Steve Mitchell, medical director of the emergency department, said many larger resource hospitals are still overwhelmed. As of two weeks ago, intensive-care units were about 90.5% filled, with COVID-19 patients making up about 34.7%, according to the state Department of Health’s most recent updated data. Transfer requests to larger hospitals, however, are seeing a slight decrease, said Mitchell, who’s also the medical director for the Washington Medical Coordination Center, a center housed at Harborview that balances placement of COVID-19 patients requiring acute hospital care throughout the region.” 

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