We’ve had to take unprecedented actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington. Luckily, we’ve had some success, but until we have a vaccine, protecting the health of all Washingtonians will require ongoing effort. Gov. Jay Inslee and the state’s public health leaders use many factors to determine how to protect the health of all Washingtonians and begin our economic recovery. This data informs decisions related to the governor’s Safe Start reopening plan.
About this dial dashboard
This dashboard provides a high-level overview of the main data points discussed among state leaders and the level of risk experts perceive around the current numbers. It is not intended to represent the totality of all COVID-19 related data. The state is currently developing several new systems for collecting, compiling and reporting much of the data outlined below and this dashboard will link to those new systems as they are completed. In the meantime, where possible, we’ve linked to the data that is currently available or created a snapshot that summarizes the most recent information available. This dashboard is updated weekly on Wednesdays.
Last Update: May 27, 2020
Risk status remains the same this week. Severe COVID-19 disease as measured by the hospitalizations and deaths continue to trend downward. Disease activity in Yakima is very high and is increasing. Cases from Yakima account for more than 40% of the total cases in the state reported since May 19th. Officials will continue paying close attention to new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but it will take at least a few weeks to see any changes associated with business and recreation reopening around the state. This is due to the COVID-19 incubation period – time from exposure to illness – as well as the time from when someone becomes ill to when they are tested and receive results.
COVID-19 Disease Activity
Low and falling disease burden as measured by:
- COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in WA
- Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) on Puget Sound area rates of COVID-19 spread
- University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) modeling
- Youyang Gu modeling
- Physical distancing adherence trends in Washington State
Status has improved slightly this week. Daily testing numbers remain very roughly steady, up from typical April volumes, but not continuing to increase. The state recently received significant shipments of testing supplies from the federal government and is working on distribution. Officials will be watching as reopening activities are underway to see if there’s an increase in the numbers of people seeking testing. Testing adequacy is mixed regionally, with high positivity rates in some areas indicating hotspots with potentially inadequate testing.
Availability for everyone with COVID-19 symptoms and those with high risk exposures to be tested immediately as measured by:
Status for this week has improved slightly. Planning is still underway to ensure long-term staffing needs can be met for contact tracing investigators. Investigators were able to reach 89% of individuals who tested positive within 24 hours of receiving a positive test report – a 2% increase from last week.
Case and Contact Investigations
Ability to rapidly isolate those with COVID-19, and identify/quarantine their contacts measured by:
- Number of investigators trained and working (pdf)
- Availability of isolation and quarantine facilities (pdf)
in active jurisdictions
- Percent of cases investigated within 24 (pdf) hours of receipt of positive test report
- Percent of contacts reached within 48 hours of receipt of report
Risk status remains the same this week. Risk among vulnerable communities remains a concern. While the number of outbreaks associated with long term care facilities appear to be decreasing, the daily incidence of COVID-19 remains persistently elevated. In addition, we have an elevated number of outbreaks in non-healthcare settings. Most reported non-healthcare outbreaks are associated with food production such as fruit packing plants and meat processing plants that are associated with populations commonly known to be employed in the agricultural communities.
Risk to Vulnerable Populations
As measured by:
The Health Care System Readiness dial continues to remain steady. There continues to be improvement in the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), but procurement and distribution still poses a challenge. The state is also working to increase availability of PPE to testing providers.
Health Care System Readiness
As measured by: