754 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 More Dead In Washington

SEATTLE, WA — State health officials confirmed 754 new coronavirus cases in Washington on Friday and reported seven additional deaths linked to COVID-19.

According to the Department of Health, at least 348 patients are currently hospitalized with confirmed or likely COVID-19 illnesses across the state. While the daily average for hospital admissions is still well below the peak, it remains much higher than the level seen in mid-May. In King County, public health officials reported 40 new hospitalizations Friday.

The state continues to closely monitor hospital activity and occupancy, coordinate transfers and reprioritize distribution of protective gear to frontline workers as needed.

More than 5,732 new illnesses have been confirmed in Washington over the last seven days, representing a statewide case rate of 588 per 100,000 residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's case tracker. The highest rate of cases by population continues to be seen in central Washington counties.

Since the crisis began, at least 45,067 people have been infected with the coronavirus in Washington, translating to about 5.9 percent of the 767,657 patients tested.


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COVID-19 is on a path to "runaway growth" in Washington, health officials warn

The state Department of Health released its latest situation report Friday, and officials say the findings are alarming. The daily average of new cases continues to be much higher than the state's previous peak in March, and recent growth among those aged 20-29 appears to be spreading to other age groups.

On top of the increase in cases, health officials said hospitalization rates are rising across all age groups in eastern Washington. In western Washington, rates are also beginning to increase, led by new hospitalizations among those ages 20-39.

From the report:

"Washington State is in the early stages of an exponential statewide outbreak that has zero chance of being reversed without changes to our collective behavior and policies to support that change. If current trends continue, we expect that schools will not be able to reopen safely in the fall. Further transmission control will require enhanced compliance with masking and distancing policies and further restricting gatherings that likely duel virus spread. This is a matter of utmost urgency as we have seen from the beginning of the pandemic that measures enacted sooner have vastly greater efficacy."

According to the report, the virus's transmission rate is on the rise throughout much of the state, with a reproductive number far above target levels in both eastern and western Washington.

One key exception, researchers found, is in Yakima County, where the transmission rate has fallen closer to the goal range. Earlier in the week, the state pointed to early evidence that widespread adherence to new mask mandates in Yakima County helped begin to reverse its exponential growth.

Read the complete situation report here, or review Washington's risk assessment dashboard on the state coronavirus website.


Total coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths by county:

County

Confirmed Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

Adams

277 (+25)

11 (+1)

0

Asotin

21

1

2

Benton

2,725 (+49)

272 (+6)

98 (+1)

Chelan

665 (+16)

28

6 (-1)

Clallam

67 (+2)

3

0

Clark

1,152 (+7)

131 (+1)

30

Columbia

9

2

0

Cowlitz

324 (+7)

29

1

Douglas

430 (+8)

20 (-9)

4 (+1)

Ferry

6 (+2)

0

0

Franklin

2,645 (+71)

209 (+3)

41 (-1)

Garfield

2

0

0

Grant

895 (+23)

64 (+1)

8

Grays Harbor

63 (+5)

11 (+1)

1

Island

212 (+3)

33

11

Jefferson

50

10

0

King

12,766 (+208)

1,913 (+8)

631

Kitsap

353 (+15)

42 (+6)

2

Kittitas

272 (+25)

10

0

Klickitat

80

8

3

Lewis

115 (+5)

18

3

Lincoln

5

0

0

Mason

74 (+4)

7

1

Okanogan

293 (+26)

8 (+1)

2

Pacific

18

1 (-2)

1

Pend Oreille

18

1 (-1)

0

Pierce

3,560 (+74)

476 (+4)

110 (+2)

San Juan

24 (+2)

1

0

Skagit

657 (+2)

64 (-1)

16 (-1)

Skamania

37 (-1)

2

0

Snohomish

4,238 (+57)

647 (+4)

181 (+2)

Spokane

2,451 (+58)

182 (+1)

44 (+1)

Stevens

37 (+2)

7 (+1)

1

Thurston

423 (+15)

48 (+2)

5

Wahkiakum

5

0

0

Walla Walla

263 (+14)

18

3

Whatcom

760 (+11)

68 (+1)

37 (+1)

Whitman

51

1

0

Yakima

8,939 (+134)

635 (+7)

191 (+1)

Unassigned

85 (-115)

1 (-3)

1 (+1)

Total

45,067 (+754)

4,984 (+40)

1,434 (+7)

The above numbers are provided by the state Department of Health, and some numbers differ from the totals provided separately by county health agencies.

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This article originally appeared on the Seattle Patch