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COVID-19 In King County WA – May 5

by | May 5, 2020

Update from Public Health – Seattle & King County

Public Health has updated the data dashboard. As of 11:59 p.m. yesterday, May 4, there were 6,653 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County, 71 more than the previous day. There have been 467 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 7.0% of all confirmed cases.

The numbers that Public Health reports each day include delayed results from previous days.

Observations

The first graph above shows new cases (blue bars) and the 7-day average (red line). Of the 71 new cases reported today, 45 were confirmed yesterday and the remaining 26 were confirmed in previous days but reported to Public Health in the last day, resulting in restatements of the totals for previous days. The 7-day average peaked at 188 on April 1 and has declined to 78, just above where it was on March 19 (77).

The second graph below shows the total case count. With 6,653 total cases as of 11:59 p.m. yesterday, the compound daily growth rate during the last 7 days has been 1.2%, slightly less than the 1.5% rate during the prior 7 days. If we start with 6,653 cases, a 1.2% compound daily growth rate (1.236% to be precise) yields 82 new cases in a day, 597 new cases in a week, and 2,730 new cases in four weeks. In order for the number of new cases per day to fall below 10, the compound daily growth rate will have to fall below 0.15%.

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As you plan for Give Big this week, I hope that you will consider Pacific Science Center. As this region’s science center, our work is more important than ever. Science and an informed public are humanity’s best hopes in addressing COVID-19, climate change, and other challenges.

COVID-19 forced PacSci to close on March 12, but curiosity never closes. We are determined to continue serving the community. This daily report on COVID-19 in King County is one of ways we seek to serve.

I hope you will take a moment to view these two videos.

State of PacSci with Will Daugherty
Senator Reuven Carlyle celebrates PacSci

Thank you for being curious.

-Will

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