I am writing to provide you with the weekly COVID update. As you are likely aware, the COVID-19 positive rate across the state continues to escalate, and Public Health Seattle & King County says the situation is changing rapidly. The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths also continue to rise in our State. The Seattle Times reported this afternoon that "another 1,853 coronavirus cases and 25 deaths have been confirmed in the last twenty-four hours in Washington, bringing the total number of diagnoses to 174,290, including 2,925 deaths, according to the state Department of Health."
At this time, we will maintain our Stage 2 learning Model status. Our staff continue to follow the changing information so we can be prepared for students to begin returning to the classroom for in-person learning as soon it is safe to do so. Please also check in on our Decision-Process for Moving Between Stages page on our web-site as we maintain current data and evolving considerations for stage movement on our learning model.
As we await the impact of the Thanksgiving holiday travel, the numbers you see on the graph below indicate the COVID-19 positive rate per 100,000 population in the prior two weeks in King and Snohomish counties. (The data are continually collected. Based on past counts, final numbers for these dates are likely to be higher.)
Like you, I look forward to the day when we can return to our more traditional routines in more traditional spaces. While we wait for more favorable conditions, including access to vaccines, rapid test results and timely comprehensive contact tracing, we can all contribute to our path to safely reopening our school buildings. I encourage you to learn more about staying safe by reviewing information at the Washington State Department of Health webpage.
In the meantime, I wish each of you a safe, healthy, and joyful December weekend.
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.