News for the Week of January 3

News highlights for the week of January 3.

Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 1,580 positive cases reported as of January 7. DOH reported a total of 805,459 confirmed cases as of January 5. There have been 9,974 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

Moving to bi-monthly news wrap-ups. This news wrap-up is moving to bi-monthly updates. Look for these news highlights on the first and third Fridays of the month.

Vaccine News

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – December 11, DOH officials have identified 86,237 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 87% reported symptoms, 8% were hospitalized, and 851 people died. Read the latest report.

King County vaccine data at-a-glance. Page updated daily here.

Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

COVID-19 Reporting

New report tracks risk of COVID-19 reinfection in Washington state. A new weekly report includes information on hospitalizations and deaths, demographics, trends over time, and vaccination status of people with a reinfection where DOH has information about both infection events. The first report indicates that from September 1 through December 26, 2021, in Washington state:

  • A total of 4,404 people had a reinfection out of a total of 264,520 cases.
  • 223 (5.1%) people with a reported reinfection were hospitalized.
  • 22 (0.9%) people with a reported reinfection died.
  • 2,640 (59.9%) of people with a reinfection were unvaccinated.

Read the full news release.

Last Call…

Situation Reports. The SitRep is issued monthly. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

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