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  • caption: Alayna Holmes, a first-grade student at Northgate Elementary, runs toward her classmates on Monday, April 5, 2021, on the first day of in-person learning at the school in Seattle.

    Pandemic blog: Covid-19 news for the NW (March 29-April 2)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for daily updates. Need a vaccine? Washington state vaccine appointment locator CovidWa.com: Not an official vaccine finder from the state, but the product of a former Microsoft developer who created a website to more easily find open vaccination appointments. As of Friday, March 26, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 5,218 Covid-19 related deaths; 337,475 confirmed cases; 22,191 probable cases; and a 1.5% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 3,012,719 doses (not total number of people) of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to Washingtonians.

  • caption: Jackson Elementary kindergarten students return from recess on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Jackson Elementary School along Federal Avenue in Everett. With hybrid learning, students have the option to attend in-person classes two days per week.

    Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Seattle and Washington state (March 22-16)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for daily updates. As of Friday, March 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 5,174 Covid-19 related deaths; 332,539 confirmed cases; 21,243 probable cases; and a 1.5% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 2,621,510 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to Washingtonians. Need a vaccine? Washington state vaccine locator: Washington State Health Department's map of vaccine providers. Also, use the state's PHASE FINDER to see if you are eligible for a vaccine. CovidWa.com: Not an official vaccine finder from the state, but the product of a former Microsoft developer who created a website to more easily find open vaccination appointments. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is held by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

    Pandemic blog: Updates for the Northwest (March 15-19)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for daily updates. As of Friday, March 12, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 5,123 Covid-19 related deaths; 328,166 confirmed cases; 20,350 probable cases; and a 1.5% death rate among positive cases. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 2,267,958 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Need a vaccine? Washington state vaccine locator: Washington State Health Department's map of vaccine providers. Also, use the state's PHASE FINDER to see if you are eligible for a vaccine. CovidWa.com: Not an official vaccine finder from the state, but the product of a former Microsoft developer who created a website to more easily find open vaccination appointments. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, right, welcomes the first patients to arrive at the new civilian-led mass Covid-19 vaccination site at Lumen Field Event Center on Saturday, March 13, 2021, in Seattle.

    Pandemic updates for the Northwest (March 8-13)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for daily updates. As of Friday, March 5, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 5,041 Covid-19 related deaths; 324,469 confirmed cases; 19,399 probable cases; and a 1.5% death rate among positive cases. 19,566 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 75% of hospital beds taken, with 10% of the ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 90% of beds taken, with 11% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 65% of beds taken with 5% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 1,865,640 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Need a vaccine? Washington state vaccine locator: Washington State Health Department's map of vaccine providers. Also, use the state's PHASE FINDER to see if you are eligible for a vaccine. Seattle standby list: When Seattle's mobile vaccination teams have leftover doses, they use this list to get them into an arm, fast. CovidWa.com: Not an official vaccine finder from the state, but the product of a former Microsoft developer who created a website to more easily find open vaccination appointments. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: The Seattle Fire Department has led vaccination efforts citywide; however, neither the fire nor police departments track Covid vaccinations among their employees.

    Updates on the pandemic in the Northwest (March 1-5)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, February 26, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,956 Covid-19 related deaths; 320,317 confirmed cases; 18,505 probable cases; and a 1.5% death rate among positive cases. 19,275 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 74% of hospital beds taken, with 5% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 88% of beds taken, with 12% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 65% of beds taken with 5% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 1,500,485 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: A drive-thru Covid-19 vaccine clinic takes place on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Bellarmine Preparatory School on South Washington Street in Tacoma.

    Pandemic blog: Updates for the Northwest (February 22-26)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, February 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,822 Covid-19 related deaths; 315,419 confirmed cases; 17,485 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 18,969 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 73% of hospital beds taken, with 6% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 88% of beds taken, with 12% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 67% of beds taken with 7% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 1,270,425 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: Seattle Fire Department registration technician Jason Bare sits inside of an enclosed registration area on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the West Seattle Covid-19 testing site on Southwest Thistle Street in Seattle.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest (February 16-19)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, February 12, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,675 Covid-19 related deaths; 310,541 confirmed cases; 16,626 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 18,604 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 75% of hospital beds taken, with 6% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 89% of beds taken, with 14% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 70% of beds taken with 9% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 1,057,844 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: Members of the Proud Boys, including chairman Enrique Tarrio, and organizer Joe Biggs, third from right, march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Biggs was arrested Jan. 20, 2021 for taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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  • caption: Genet Mekonen receives her first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, administered by Seattle Firefighter Alan Heddings, right, on Friday, February 5, 2021, at the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, ECS, along Rainier Avenue South. With 1,000 weekly doses, the city of Seattle partnered with ECS to vaccinate older adults in congregate permanent supportive housing in a pop-up vaccine clinic.

    Pandemic updates for Washington state (February 7-12)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, February 7, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,449 Covid-19 related deaths; 304,382 confirmed cases; 15,764 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 18,156 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 74% of hospital beds taken, with 7% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 89% of beds taken, with 14% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 81% of beds taken with 9% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 833,935 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here.

  • caption: Doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are drawn out during a vaccine clinic set up by the Othello Station Pharmacy and the Somali Health Board to vaccinate roughly 100 seniors in the community on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at The Brighton Apartments, a complex for seniors, on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle.

    Pandemic blog: Updates for the Northwest (January 31-February 4)

    This post will be updated with information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, January 29, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 4,285 Covid-19 related deaths; 295,861 confirmed cases; 13,940 probable cases; and a 1.4% death rate among positive cases. 17,543 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in Washington state. According to the most recent data and NPR's hospital capacity monitor: King County has 74% of hospital beds taken, with 8% occupied by Covid-19 patients; Pierce County has 90% of beds taken, with 15% occupied by Covid-19 patients; and Snohomish County has 77% of beds taken with 13% occupied by Covid-19 patients. Compared to white people and Asian people, the rate of Covid cases is nearly three times higher for Black people, and nearly seven times higher for Latino/x people and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. So far, 616,589 Washingtonians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Get the latest coronavirus news and other local stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday with KUOW's Today So Far newsletter. Sign up here. We want to hear your Coronavirus story. KUOW is creating a collection of stories of the people who died of Covid-19 and to celebrate the lives they lived. Learn more.