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COVID-19 positivity rates drop in King County, but hot spots to south still burn brightly

Brenda Medero, a medical assistant supervisor, reaches inside a car to give a COVID-19 test to the driver at  Sea Mar Community Health Center located at 31405 18th Ave. S. in Federal Way Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  The testing site,  where both walk-in and drive-though testing happens, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.  For an appointment, call 253-681-6600.

COVID has hit south King County harder than the rest of the region.   Approximately 15% of the people test positive.


The past two weeks of data show the lowest rate of positivity in Seattle and Vashon Island -- and the highest rates in places south, like Auburn, Kent and Federal Way.

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