Where cases stand in Washington
- 6 deaths among 544 new coronavirus cases reported as of Friday by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
- Total: 1,991 deaths among 79,011 overall cases in Washington state.
- Since the start of the pandemic, the DOH reports that 7,018 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Washington state.
- The state reports of the total confirmed cases in the state, Washington's coronavirus death rate is 2.5%.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says while he remains confident a COVID-19 vaccine will come this year, it may be late 2021 before life returns to normal in the U.S.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday that the issue is how long it will take to get the vaccine out to enough people.
The United States plans to end enhanced health screening of travelers from certain countries next week, and those visitors will no longer be funneled through 15 large U.S. airports.
Those requirements were imposed in January to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the government will remove those edicts beginning Monday.
About 25,000 of the 55,000 students registered with Seattle Public Schools have logged onto the district's online systems since the soft start of fall classes.
The district isn't sure exactly what the issue is. A district spokesperson said they are trying to figure out if the low attendance during the "Strong Start" days has to do with connectivity issues or if there are other problems.