King County at medium-risk category for COVID-19

KING COUNTY, Wash. — According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, King County is considered to be in the medium-risk category for COVID-19.

According to the CDC, counties, states, or territories with 200 or more new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days are defined as having medium community levels of the virus by two metrics:

  • Having less than 10 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people over seven days.
  • The percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients over seven days is less than 10%.

According to the CDC, King County’s case rate per 100,000 people is 202.11.

The county has had just 4.0 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people over the past seven days. A mark of under 10 qualifies the county for medium COVID-19 levels.

Only 7.8% of inpatient beds in use are confirmed to be used by patients with COVID-19, also putting the county under the 10% mark required to be considered as having medium levels of the virus.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 3, the county has had 493,781 total cases and 3,007 deaths.

The county is averaging 665 daily cases, a 17% decrease in the last seven days from the seven days prior, according to the county’s COVID-19 summary dashboard.