News for the Week of November 29

News highlights for the week of November 29.

Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 1,079 positive cases reported as of December 6. DOH reported a total of 684,930 confirmed cases as of December 1. There have been 9,380 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

Omicron COVID-19 variant discovered in three counties across Washington. The DOH has confirmed a total of three cases of omicron variant found in Thurston County, Pierce County, and King County. Patients range in age from 20 to 39, two men, one woman. Full press release here.

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots to All Adults. People age 18 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may get a booster six months after completion of their primary vaccination series. Learn more here.

Vaccine News

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – November 20, DOH officials have identified 78,606 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 87% reported symptoms, 8% were hospitalized, and 775 people died. Read the latest report.

DOH launches WA Verify: State’s new Digital COVID-19 Verification Record system. Vaccine verification options now include QR code functionality through WA Verify, the state’s new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record system. WA Verify is Washington’s new Digital COVID-19 Verification Record system that draws COVID-19 records from the state’s immunization system. To use the tool, people enter their name, date of birth, and an email or phone number associated with their vaccination record. If the information matches an official record, they will receive a text or email with a link to their Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record. Learn more here.

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

Data dashboard provides information on COVID-19 among youth and provides clues for the trajectory ahead. A new data dashboard provides information on youth cases, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates in King County. View the dashboard here.

Last Call…

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

FEMA mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit coming to western Washington. FEMA will send a mobile vaccination unit to several western Washington communities to ensure life-saving COVID-19 vaccine are given to the public quickly and equitably. Read the full news release.

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