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How has COVID-19 affected Renton?

City has one of the highest rates of total cases in King County.

Although daily infection rates are decreasing, Renton remains one of the cities with the highest total cases of coronavirus in King County, behind Kent and Seattle. As of May 27, the city has seen 618 positive cases and 43 deaths from COVID-19.

In King County overall, there are 7,931 positive cases of COVID-19 with 549 deaths from the virus, as of May 27.

An updated data dashboard from Public Health – Seattle & King County provides statistics around the economic, social and health changes that have occurred since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in King County. The dashboard also breaks down the stats by city and ZIP code.

There is also a breakdown of how COVID-19 has affected long-term care facilities and an additional race and ethnicity dashboard that shows how COVID-19 has affected communities of color compared to whites.

The first large-scale coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was documented in February at the Life Care Center of Kirkland.

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. Renton has had three assisted living facilities with coronavirus cases, including eight deaths at Regency Renton Rehabilitation Center and six deaths at Chateau Valley Center.

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 cases per 100,000 people for whites, the case rate for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders was 995.9 per 100,000 and 858 per 100,000 residents for the Latinx/Hispanic population.

Black communities in King County, according to those May 22 findings, have seen a case rate of 469.8 per 100,000 residents. The case rate for American Indians/Alaska Natives is 271.7 per 100,000; for Asian communities, it is 195.7 per 100,000.

Data also shows that while COVID-19 cases are found throughout King County, there are higher rates in south Seattle and South King County, with smaller concentrations in North King County and a pocket in Northeast King County.

The dashboard is also tracking the economic impacts throughout King County via unemployment numbers.

Data shows that 358,215 King County residents filed new unemployment claims between March 1 and May 16. It also breaks down by ZIP code: in 98059, 6,577 initial claims have been filed for unemployment, and in 98058, there have been 7,814 initial claims filed. More ZIP codes can be found here.

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


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