Here are the latest developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Snohomish County and Washington, and links to more information. Do you have a question about the outbreak? Maybe we can get it answered. Email us.
The latest data
Wednesday, October 21
The count of cases and deaths is a moving target, with jurisdictions reporting sometimes-contradictory numbers. Ours might not match what other media are reporting.
• Cases statewide: 99,874
— Fatalities statewide: 2,286
• Cases in Snohomish County: 8,266
— Fatalities in Snohomish County: 227
• Cases in King County: 25,540 (800 fatalities)
• Cases in Island County: 368 (12 fatalities)
• Cases in Pierce County: 9,482 (219 fatalities)
• Other counties reporting deaths: Adams (10), Asotin (7), Benton (134), Chelan (16), Clallam (1), Clark (77), Columbia (1), Cowlitz (7), Douglas (9), Franklin (67), Grant (26), Grays Harbor (12), Kitsap (21), Kittitas (22), Klickitat (3), Lewis (12), Lincoln (2), Mason (9), Okanogan (11), Pacific (3), Pend Oreille (1), Skagit (23), Skamania (1), Spokane (191), Stevens (5), Thurston (22), Walla Walla (6), Whatcom (49), Whitman (10), Yakima (267)
‘Safe Start’ return to normal
Washington has four phases to resume normal activities and commerce.
• Phase 1 involved resumption of some construction and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, golf and certain park access, and limited curbside retail commerce, among other things.
• Snohomish and most other counties are now in Phase 2, which allows partial reopening of dine-in restaurants and taverns, limited in-store retail sales, expansion of outdoor activities and other steps, all of which come with conditions.
• Phase 3 will allow group activities with 50 or fewer people, professional sports without spectators, non-essential travel and the reopening of museums and other public places — again, all of which come with conditions.
• Phase 4 will reopen everything but require social-distancing measures.
The phases will last no fewer than three weeks, and each could be extended if COVID-19 health metrics indicate a need to reinstate or continue limitations.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol sanitizer.
• Cover coughs and sneezes. Wear a mask.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home if you’re sick or around someone who is.