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King County COVID-19 update: Are masks working?

The numbers on the King County Health Department COVID-19 Key indicators webpage shows some encouraging signs that masks and social distancing efforts are working but we are far from getting the numbers down to where the county can progress to Phase 3 for reopening of businesses and service organizations. The average daily cases in King County has steadily declined from a high of 234 July 23 to and average of about 115 over the last 14 days. That works out to 86 cases per 100,000, however, far above the goal of under 25 cases per 100,000.

More than 3,000 Kenmore residents have been tested with 144 being positive for a 3.7% infection rate, which is below the 4.1% rate for King County, however of those testing positive some 20% of Kenmore residents were hospitalized, which is nearly twice the county-wide rate of 11.1%, which suggests Kenmore COVID-19 patients tend to get sicker. Sadly, 9 Kenmore residents have died of the virus for a rate of 6.3% of those testing positive compared to 3.7% of positive tests county wide.

City of Kenmore offers free masks on Tuesdays

The City of Kenmore is providing FREE masks for the community! Stop by the no-contact pick up station at the front entrance to City Hall on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. Disposable and reusable cloth masks are available. Join fellow community members in keeping one another safe and wear a mask in public spaces. Face coverings are required statewide in all public spaces because they are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially when combined with 6 feet of physical distance.

Source: City of Kenmore press release

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