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How is COVID-19 affecting Mercer Island?

A new King County data dashboard shows city-specific case rates, unemployment numbers and more.

A new data dashboard released by Public Health — Seattle & King County confirmed this week that as of May 28, there were 76 positive cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the city of Mercer Island.

According to the data, 6.6 percent of people who have tested positive have died from the illness in the city. This brings the death rate to 20.4 per 100,000 residents in Mercer Island.

In King County overall, there are 7,931 positive cases of COVID-19, with 549 deaths from the virus as of May 28.

The updated data dashboard also provides a breakdown of how COVID-19 has impacted long-term care facilities. It also provides statistics around the economic, social and health changes that have occurred since the onset of the outbreak in King County.

There is an additional race and ethnicity dashboard that shows how COVID-19 has affected communities of color compared to whites.

In King County, there have been 344 deaths at long-term care facilities, with 64.4 percent of them related to COVID-19, as of May 28. In Mercer Island, three nursing facilities have at least one positive case of COVID-19.

Data shows that 358,215 King County residents filed new unemployment claims between March 1 and May 16. In Mercer Island specifically, 2,622 new unemployment claims were filed within that same window.

In the week of May 10-16, 624 initial claims were filed in the city. As of May 28, unemployment claim filings are coming in from Mercer Island residents at a rate of 19.2 percent per capita.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting communities of color, the race and ethnicity dashboard shows.

Of the 7,695 confirmed (on May 22) cases of COVID-19 in the county, rates for communities of color have been much higher than rates for whites. Compared to the 174.2 per 100,000 rate for whites, the case rate for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders was 995.9 per 100,000 and 858 per 100,000 for the Latinx/Hispanic population.

The black population, according to May 22 findings, has seen a case rate of 469.8 per 100,000. The case rate for American Indians/Alaska Natives is 271.7 per 100,000; for the Asian population, it is 195.7 per 100,000.

For more information on King County and Mercer Island-specific COVID-19 data, go to the county’s updated data dashboard page.


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