Federal Way has surpassed 100 COVID-19-related deaths as of this weekend, according to data from Public Health — Seattle and King County.
As of March 1, Federal Way has a total of 102 deaths due to coronavirus at a rate of 1.6% of all recorded 6,443 positive cases. The first recorded death in Federal Way occurred on March 18, 2020.
Of these deaths as of March 1, 64 people were white, 10 people were of the Black community and 10 people were Hispanic. While race information is missing for two records, there have been five deaths recorded as Native Hawaiian residents and four deaths uncategorized.
A majority of the deaths, 47 in total, were people age 80 or older, followed by 27 deaths of people between 70-79 years old. Fifty-two deaths have been female residents, while 50 were men. According to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Way’s population is about 96,500.
“As we begin to see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, let us take a moment to pause and reflect the loss our community has felt,” said Mayor Jim Ferrell.
Crossing 100 deaths over the weekend was a somber reminder that while vaccinations are encouraging, the dangerous pandemic is still raging and taking lives, the mayor said.
“On behalf of the people of our community, I send my most sincere condolences to the friends and family of those who have lost their lives to this terrible virus,” Ferrell said.
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