I am sharing my weekly COVID update with additional resources describing the local and national picture. We are currently maintaining our Stage 2 Learning Model status. Staff continue to meet regularly to make sure we are prepared when it’s safe to move into the next stage. In those meetings, they are discussing safety protocols, PPE, staff training, family attestation and the various elements that need to come together for the best possible outcome.
For more on my thinking about this week’s decision: A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) message on Monday indicated that “As of November 2, national forecasts predict that 4,600 to 11,000 new COVID-19 deaths will be reported during the week ending November 28. These forecasts predict 250,000 to 266,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the United States by November 28.”
Just yesterday, the U.S. saw 121,000 COVID-19 infections in just one day – more than any other day since the beginning of this pandemic. In 43 states, new infections are steadily climbing higher. Health experts predicted this surge and expect that it will only get worse with the flu season and cold weather forcing everyone indoors.
Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County, said cases in King County and regionally have been increasing for the past seven weeks. Indeed, Dr. Duchin indicates that the COVID risk is higher now than it’s ever been. Here are the latest infection rates in King and Snohomish counties – which are COVID-19 Positive Rate per 100K population in prior two weeks:
- October 31 – 146.1
- November 1 – 147.5
- November 2 – 155.4
- October 31 – 139.1
- November 1 – 142.3
- November 2 – 145.8
I remain resolute in my commitment to the health and safety of our students, staff and the families they go home to. I continue to so appreciate our great community for practicing patience and persistence, and engaging me with questions and constructive conversations; together all things are possible. Please stay in touch as we plan forward.
Wishing each of you and yours a safe, healthy and joyful fall weekend.
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.