COVID-19 — What you need to know today

Coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide. How is it impacting King County today?

1:45 p.m.

Public Health King County & Seattle has reported a raise in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. There is now 420 cases in King County, up 32 from Saturday, and 37 deaths, two more than the day before.

The deaths include;

  • A woman in her 60s, a Life Care Center resident, who died at Franciscan Medical on March 14.
  • A woman in her 70s, a Life Care Center resident, who died on March 12.

Of the 37 deaths reported in King County, 29 are associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland, the press release states.

Public Health is also urging people to donate blood since blood banks are critically low and could crash.

Many blood drives have been canceled due to social distancing strategies but has cost blood banks 2,500 donations.

“While inventories are now holding steady as faithful donors and first-time donors respond to the urgent need, donations will continue to drop in the days and weeks to come,” the press release states. “New donors are needed now to step-up and save a life, and for donors to make this a generous and consistent habit. All types of blood are needed for cancer treatment, trauma cases and many other situations. The process only takes an hour and actual donation time is about 10 minutes.”

Coronavirus can not be contracted through blood donation.

Bloodworks Northwest has more information on coronavirus, who is eligible to donate blood, and donation locations at www.bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus

You can make an appointment for donating at a center or drive to minimize wait time.


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