Are we in a fourth wave? Are the variants storm clouds on the horizon? The latest from our Health Officer on COVID-19 in King County

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.

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Fewer TB cases in King County could be due to a decline in testing, not infections

Chest x-ray of someone with tuberculosis

In a typical year, 1.5 million people die of tuberculosis (TB) globally and 10 million fall ill with it. In Washington, 7% of people with active TB die. TB has been infecting and killing humans for thousands of years, and in fact, it is still one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. Locally, about 100 people are diagnosed with infectious TB every year in King County.

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COVID-19 Outbreak Data Now Available Through Online Dashboard

Updated data on COVID-19 outbreak settings is now available on Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage. It provides a snapshot of the number of outbreaks that Public Health has identified across various settings such as worksites, long term care facilities and schools.

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More free flu vaccination clinics throughout King County

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccination and more free flu vaccination clinics are happening in King County! New locations in Kent, SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, and Seattle. More clinics will be added at kingcounty.gov/findaclinic.

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Holding King County to a Higher Standard: 2021-2022 Anti-Racist Policy Priorities

The 2021-2022 policy and budget proposals include down payments for a long-term, permanent shift in the county’s operations to reflect anti-racist priorities and values. The goal of the proposed policy agenda and budget is to meet the needs of and implement positive changes for Black and Indigenous People, Children, and Families in King County.

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