From a February 19, 2021, Snohomish County newsletter.
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters provided updates on the community’s response to COVID-19 at a Tuesday, February 16th, Zoom briefing.
Executive Somers said the county and its partners continue to focus on safely and quickly administering COVID-19 vaccinations to as many people as possible.
“The supply is still not meeting our capacity to deliver it into arms, but we are optimistic that the federal government will increase the amount coming to the state and we should begin to have an impact and we are seeing a slow increase but we also are managing to make sure that people who need second doses will be able to get second doses. It is a bit of a juggling act but things are improving slowly,” Somers said.
Efforts also are underway to ensure that vaccine is available to people from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities that have been disproportionately hit by COVID and who also often face challenges in obtaining health care. Somers said the work builds on outreach and connections made with people in those communities during last year’s Census efforts.
Dr. Spitters said that the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce sites are following the state’s lead and focusing much of the attention on making sure people who received their first COVID vaccine dose now can receive their second.
“It looks like the allocation from the state for this week is 5,000 first doses and 18,500 second doses,” Dr. Spitters said.
He went on to say, “So consistent with the state Department of Health’s messaging and strategy, this week is mostly about getting second doses in for folks with limited availability this week.”
Spitters also discussed data about COVID-19 in the state’s schools and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on wearing face masks. He demonstrated how to double masks, consistent with the new guidance.
He also discussed the challenges presented by emerging, more infectious strains of the COVID virus. Wearing masks, washing hands and practicing social distancing all are strategies that can curb infection.
“That's really our call to action for the community, is to continue to do that, to buy time while we roll out the vaccine,” Dr. Spitters added.
Click on this link to see the latest Snohomish County Local Covid Case Counts.
Snohomish County rolling average case rate chart. Image courtesy of Snohomish Health District.