Food insecurity has come to the forefront as a key issue during COVID-19. In April alone, the 211 Crisis Connections hotline data shows more than 1,200 calls regarding food assistance, and there was a 10.5% increase in the number of households receiving Basic Food (SNAP) benefits.
Public Health recently released a map of free food resources, which will be updated weekly. This new tool includes information about resources across King County in order to provide emergency food during COVID-19. Further details are all available in a post on the Public Health Insider, reposted from Communities Count – a resource that supports King County communities in the use of data to promote and achieve equity.
Otherwise, this daily synthesis of the Public Health data is provided by Will Daugherty of Pacific Science Center. Thanks Will!
Public Health has updated the data dashboard. The daily summary shows that there were 8,797 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County as of 11:59 on June 14, 46 more than the previous day. There have been 574 confirmed deaths in King County due to COVID-19, 6.5% of all confirmed cases. The numbers that Public Health reports each day include delayed results from previous days.
The first graph below shows new cases (blue bars) and the 7-day average (red line). Of the 46 new cases reported today, 43 were confirmed yesterday and the remaining 3 were confirmed in previous days. The 7-day average of new cases per day peaked at 194 on April 1. The average for the last 7 days is now 34 new cases per day, down from 39 one week ago. The 7-day average has declined 14% in the last week and 17% in the last two weeks.
The key indicators that the State and County are using to make decisions about reopening include a measure of the total number of cases reported in the previous 14 days per 100K residents. The target for this metric is less than 25. The second and third graphs below show this metric.
The second graph goes back to March 12, the fourteenth day of reported cases.
The third graph provides a more detailed view of results in the last few weeks. 23.0 cases were reported per 100K residents during the 14-day period June 1 – June 14.
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