COVID-19 cases keep rising on Peninsula

Olympic Medical Center transfers cases to Jefferson Healthcare

Public health authorities confirmed an additional 123 COVID-19 cases on the North Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday after the numbers had leaped by 407 over the holiday weekend.

Most new cases were in Clallam County, where an additional 101 cases swelled the numbers accumulated since the pandemic began from 8,190 to 8,291. Jefferson County’s cases rose by 22, from 2,123 to 2,145.

Clallam’s case rate was 2,180 per 100,000 population on Wednesday. Jefferson County will update its case rate on Friday.

No additional deaths were reported in either county on Wednesday. There were some new hospitalizations, with Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend taking on some patients from Olympic Medical Center (OMC) in Port Angeles, which is experiencing high patient column and staffing shortages.

Of Jefferson Healthcare’s three additional COVID-19 patients reported on Wednesday, two had been transferred from OMC. Of the three new patients, one was in Jefferson Healthcare’s intensive care unit (ICU).

“We are looking at the current situation from a regional perspective and will do all that we can to help OMC,” said Amy Yaley, director of marketing and communications for Jefferson Healthcare.

”Our nursing leadership team keeps a very close eye on our patient levels, reviewing daily to make sure we can be nimble and responsive to the changing landscape,”

OMC reported 12 new hospitalizations on Wednesday, with four in the ICU.

More in News

Jill Zarzeczny of Port Angeles, left, and her children, Althea Zarzeczny, 4, and Lupine Zarzeczny, 9, look for marine life beneath the sand during Tuesday's low tide at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles. The minus 2.99 tide qualified as one of the lowest of the year with tides of minus 2.53 at La Push, minus 2.70 at Makah Bay, minus 2.55 at Seiku, minus 2.74 at Crescent Bay, minus 3.08 at Dungeness, minus 3.42 at Port Townsend and minus 3.82 at Dabob Bay. Similar low tides are forecast for the rest of the week across the North Olympic Peninsula.
Lowest tides on Peninsula

Jill Zarzeczny of Port Angeles, left, and her children, Althea Zarzeczny, 4,… Continue reading

In a PT Artscape project, Blue Heron Middle School teacher Charlie Fornia, left, and artist Jesse Watson finish painting a “Welcome to PTHS” mural on the woodshop building at Port Townsend High School. PT Artscape hired Watson to design the mural and hosted a morning of painting with elementary, middle school and high school students from around Port Townsend. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/for Peninsula Daily News)
Welcome mural at Port Townsend High School

In a PT Artscape project, Blue Heron Middle School teacher Charlie Fornia,… Continue reading

Clallam restarts search for county administrator

HR director has filled spot for four years

Road work to close part of Race Street today

The northbound lane of Race Street will be closed… Continue reading

The North Olympic Library System is hosting a series of open houses to showcase its new bookmobile.
Bookmobile open houses scheduled

The North Olympic Library System is hosting a series… Continue reading

Racers in the Race to Alaska pass by the cheers and well wishes from the hundreds of spectators lining the docks at the Northwest Maritime Center when the cannon went off at 5 a.m. Monday, starting the 750-mile journey from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
And they’re off to the Proving Ground

Race to Alaska boats to leave Victoria on Thursday

With emotions running high, the skipper of the boat, Jordan Hanssen, and crewman Greg Spooner share a hug as the boat is pulled up the ramp under the eyes of spectators lining the dock at the Port Townsend Boat Haven on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Rowboat that set record recycled

Ceremonial ‘wake’ held for 30-foot vessel

Burn ban in effect in Jefferson County

Clallam County to prohibit fires by July 1

Most Read