Confirm your vaccination: A new requirement for many activities in King County

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Preventable COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are at extremely high levels in King County, and deaths are increasing. A new Public Health—Seattle & King County (Public Health) policy, announced on September 16, 2021, will create an additional layer of protection from COVID-19. Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin has issued a Health Order that will require […]

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New data dashboard tracks COVID-19 risk for unvaccinated people compared to vaccinated people

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Since July, COVID-19, cases have increased rapidly in King County. The worsening outbreak is affecting all of us. And, people who are not fully vaccinated are getting seriously ill and dying at much higher rates than the vaccinated population. That’s clear on a new data dashboard, which shows vaccines are reducing the risk of getting sick, hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19.  

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Masks required at large outdoor gatherings in King County, strongly recommended in other outdoor settings

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King County, like much of the nation, is in the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. Therefore, Public Therefore, Public Health – Seattle & King County is issuing a Local Health Officer Order that requires face masks at any outdoor event with 500 or more people in attendance. This requirement applies to all vaccinated and unvaccinated people, 5 years of age and older.

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Video: Dr. Jeff Duchin’s COVID-19 press briefing – August 27, 2021

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 […]

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