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The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the community. These pages share the latest information, resources, and more.

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The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the community. These pages share the latest information, resources, and more.

Click on the shortcut buttons below to access the most requested information.


  • News for the Week of January 17

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    News highlights for the week of January 17.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 2,137 cases reported as of January 20. DOH reported a total of 997,703 cases as of January 19 and there have been 10,339 deaths with COVID in WA. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Washington State Program: The WA DOH has launched a statewide portal that will allow COVID-19 tests to ship directly to residents. Beginning January 21, WA residents can order rapid-antigen COVID tests online by visiting www.sayyescovidhometest.org to order up to 5 free tests per household which will be delivered at no cost. Federal Program: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests from the Federal Government. The tests are free and orders typically ship in 7-12 days. Visit www.covidtests.gov for more info and to order tests.

    Vaccine News

    Increase in breakthrough cases related to current COVID-19 surge. Experts are seeing a 43% increase in the number of "vaccine breakthrough" cases statewide. Read the full news release.

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough reports. Between January 17, 2021 – January 8, 2022, DOH officials have identified 162,307 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available, 969 people died. Unvaccinated 12-34 year-olds are just 2 times more likely to get COVID-19 and 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID compared with their fully vaccinated peers. In the 35-64 category, unvaccinated adults are 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated peers and 8 times more likely to be hospitalized. Adults 65+ are 4 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared with fully vaccinated peers and 7 times more likely to be hospitalized. Read the latest reports here and here.

    King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Last Call…

    UK Lifts Covid Restrictions. In global news this week, the UK government announced that it is lifting all pandemic-related restrictions including mask-wearing, vaccine passports, and the recommendation to work from home.

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

    News highlights now available bi-monthly. This news wrap-up has moved to twice a month. Look for these news highlights on the first and third Fridays of the month.

  • Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

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    Washington State Program

    The WA DOH launched a statewide portal that will allow COVID-19 tests to ship directly to residents.

    Beginning January 21, WA residents can order rapid-antigen COVID tests online by visiting www.sayyescovidhometest.org to order up to 5 free tests per household which will be delivered at no cost.


    Federal Program

    Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests from the Federal Government.

    The tests are free and orders typically ship in 7-12 days. Visit www.covidtests.gov for more info and to order tests.

    *Image used as an example and may not represent the type of test you receive.

  • News for the Week of January 3

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    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.

  • News for the Week of December 27

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    News highlights for the week of December 27.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 1,306 positive cases reported as of December 29. DOH reported a total of 737,652 confirmed cases as of December 27. There have been 9,822 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period. On December 27, the CDC updated its isolation and quarantine guidance, reducing recommended isolation from 10 days to 5 days for asymptomatic people and a 5-day quarantine period for people exposed to COVID-19. Read more about the updated guidance here.

    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.

    Last Call…

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

  • CDC Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Periods

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    On December 27, the CDC updated its isolation and quarantine guidance, reducing recommended isolation from 10 days to 5 days for asymptomatic people and a 5-day quarantine period for people exposed to COVID-19.


    Here are the new guidelines:



    ISOLATE

    If You Test Positive for COVID-19

    Who:

    Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

    What to do:

    • Stay home for 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.



    QUARANTINE

    If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

    Who:

    Anyone who is fully vaccinated/boosted, defined as:

    • Have been boosted
      OR
    • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
      OR
    • Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

    What to do:

    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.




    Who:

    Anyone considered not fully vaccinated, defined as:

    • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
      OR
    • Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
      OR
    • Are unvaccinated

    What to do:

    • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5 if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home



    The CDC is not requiring a negative test to end isolation due to the fact that positive PCR tests can remain positive for up to 12-weeks after initial infection.


    Read more about the updated guidance here.

  • News for the Week of December 13

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    News highlights for the week of December 13.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 1,108 positive cases reported as of December 17. DOH reported a total of 701,158 confirmed cases as of December 15. There have been 9,653 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Updated Vaccine Recommendations. The CDC now recommends Moderna and Pfizer vaccines over Johnson & Johnson due to additional report of blood clots. Newly available data about thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome, or TTS – a rare but serious condition involving blood clots and a low blood platelet count – as seen in some people who received the J&J vaccine, influenced the ACIP and WA DOH recommendation. Read more here.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – December 4, DOH officials have identified 83,831 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 87% reported symptoms, 8% were hospitalized, and 827 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.

    Last Call…

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

  • News for the Week of December 6

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    News highlights for the week of December 6.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 1,086 positive cases reported as of December 10. DOH reported a total of 693,335 confirmed cases as of December 8. There have been 9,535 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Mild illness for first Omicron case in King County. According to King County experts, the patient experienced mild illness and has not required hospitalization. She was fully vaccinated and received a booster shot, likely after exposure. Given the lack of recent travel, experts believe the Omicron variant has been spreading locally. Read more here.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – November 27, DOH officials have identified 80,902 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 87% reported symptoms, 8% were hospitalized, and 806 people died. Read the latest report.

    Ages 16-17 now eligible for boosters. Anyone age 16 and older can now get a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine, if it has been at least 6 months since their second dose. Follow this link for more.

    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.

  • News for the Week of November 29

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    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.

  • CDC Issues EUA for Pfizer Vaccine for Pediatric Population, Ages 5-11

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    On November 2, the CDC issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the pediatric population ages 5-11 years.

    The EUA comes after the FDA's review of Pfizer's vaccine trial and EUA authorization . The vaccine trial consisted of 2,268 child participants and used Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine regimen. Of the total pediatric participants, 1,518 received the vaccine and 750 received the placebo (saline).

    The pediatric vaccine trial included a follow-up at or near 2 months after the participant’s second dose (data cutoff was October 8, 2021). Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials are still ongoing, click here to learn more about the pediatric vaccine clinical trials.

    The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also reviewed the data and endorsed the vaccine.

    The Washington State DOH is updating Vaccine Locator and will add an option for “Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric” vaccine in the coming days. If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.

    Children ages 5-11 represent around 9% of all reported coronavirus cases in the country, according to data presented to the FDA advisory panel and recently released State data show COVID-19 infections among children and youth are slowing.

    To learn how to submit reports of adverse events following vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a vaccine safety monitoring system managed by CDC and FDA, visit the VAERS website, call the VAERS toll-free information line at 1-800-822-7967, or send an email to info@vaers.org.

  • News for the Week of October 25

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    News highlights for the week of October 25.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 967 positive cases reported as of October 29. DOH reported a total of 638,191 confirmed cases as of October 27. There have been 8,585 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    FDA Authorizes EUA for Pfizer Vaccine for Children. On October 29, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. The vaccine trial consisted of 2,268 child participants and used Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine regimen, with shots administered twenty-one days apart. Of the total pediatric participants, 1,518 received the vaccine and 750 received the placebo (saline).

    The pediatric vaccine trial included a safety follow-up at or near 2 months after the participant’s second dose (data cutoff was October 8, 2021).

    Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials continue. Click here to learn more about the pediatric vaccine clinical trials.

    Children ages 5-11 represent around 9% of all reported coronavirus cases in the country, according to data presented to the FDA advisory panel Tuesday. Anticipated CDC approval could come as early as next Tuesday. Read the FDA press release here.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – October 16, DOH officials have identified 59,543 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 88% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 568 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 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.

Page last updated: 21 January 2022, 11:21