Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a press briefing on October 8, including taking questions from rRead More
Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a special press briefing on Thursday, September 2, to discuss his Local Health Officer Order requiring masks at outdoor gatherings of 500 or more people and strongly encouraging masks in other outdoor settings. Although the risk for spread of COVID-19 is much lower outdoors than indoors, the risk is […]Read More
During his August 27 press briefing, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin provided context around “breakthrough cases” and how risk changes for vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people. As shown in the graph above, in the recent Delta surge, the age-adjusted rate of cases among people who are not fully vaccinated increased from 7 daily cases/100,000 […]Read More
Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County, issued the following statement in response to the current extreme heat event in our region: The record-shattering extreme heat we’re experiencing is just the latest example of our climate crisis and how it’s impacting human health now. Extreme heat is the leading […]Read More
During his weekly press briefing on May 27, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin provided an update on local COVID-19 rates and vaccination efforts: Our COVID outbreak is moving in the right direction. Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated and made all the hard sacrifices over the last year and a half to get […]Read More
It can be hard to understand where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic recently. On one hand, it’s great that many people are getting vaccinated in our community. That’s bringing so much hope and relief as it helps reduce infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
On the other hand, not everyone is vaccinated yet, and we are hearing about increases in cases and increases in new coronavirus “variants” that are more contagious.