Recap of Recent COVID-19 News and Updates - for week of August 24

Newest numbers. The Department of Health reported a total of 71,705 confirmed cases as of 11:59 pm on August 24. There have been 1,876 COVID-19 deaths in Washington.

For the most recent tally of cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health's dashboard and the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard.

Weekly JIC media briefing tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. The JIC’s weekly media briefing with leaders from the governor’s office and DOH will be tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. TVW will livestream the briefing here.

New testing metric and methodology updates announced for COVID-19 dashboards used to track progress statewide. The Department of Health is making changes to the way the agency processes and reports testing data statewide, in an effort to account for the true volume of tests being done and to better benchmark our progress. These changes are set to go into effect today, Tuesday, August 25. Read the full news release here.

Resources

Washington 211 COVID-19 call center is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.

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