There have been 495 positive cases of COVID-19 and nine virus-related deaths in Federal Way, according to Public Health — Seattle and King County.
As of May 27, the city of Federal Way has an infection rate of 505.9 per 100,000 residents. The death rate is 9.2 per 100,000 residents.
Broken down by ZIP code, 98023 has seen 194 positive results at the rate of 381.6 per 100,000 residents. There have been four deaths within the 98023 ZIP code, resulting in a rate of 7.9 per 100,000 residents.
ZIP code 98003 has seen 290 positive results at a rate of 584.6 per 100,000 residents, and also has four deaths at a rate of 8.1 per 100,000 residents.
The area of Milton, ZIP code 98354, has had one positive case and one death at a rate of 13.5 per 100,000 residents.
ZIP code 98001 has 166 positive cases at a rate of 461.8 per 100,000 residents and four deaths at a rate of 11.1 per 100,000 residents.
Nationwide, the COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 100,000 as of May 27.
The first large-scale coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was documented in February at the Life Care Center of Kirkland.
As of May 21 in Federal Way, four skilled nursing facilities have at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 including Avalon Federal Way Care Center, Garden Terrace Healthcare Center, Hallmark Manor Federal Way and Life Care Federal Way, according to the county.
King County Public Health has also found staggering data showing the virus is disproportionately affecting communities of color.
The report shows the rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases for Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander residents are four times higher than white residents. The rate of confirmed cases for individuals of the black community is double than the white community.
Rates are higher for American Indian/Alaskan Native populations, despite low research numbers, and the rate for Asian residents is similar to whites.
As of May 22, 11% of King County’s COVID-19 cases have been individuals of the black community, which makes up 6.4% of King County’s population.
Individuals of the Hispanic/Latinx community have made up 24.5% of the county’s positive cases, with individuals of Hispanic/Latinx ethnicity making up just 10% of King County’s population.
Whites have made up 43.8% of the county’s total cases, and are 58.7% of the county’s total population.
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders have made up 2.5% of total cases, as only 0.8% of the county’s population. Asian communities make up 12.5% of cases (17.2% of the county’s population).
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.
In King County, more than 358,200 workers have filed initial unemployment claims from March 1 through May 16.
Within Federal Way, there have been 9,169 claims filed in the 98023 ZIP code and 8,678 unemployment claims filed in the 98003 ZIP code since March 1. In surrounding areas, 6,704 claims have been filed in the 98001 ZIP code and 119 claims have been filed in the 98354 ZIP code.