COVID-19 cases up across Washington state

SEATTLE — The state Department of Health said that COVID-19 cases appear to be increasingly sharply statewide in the most recent data.

The flat and declining case count trends in mid-to-late December may be due to fewer people seeking care or getting tested over the holidays, officials said Wednesday in a news release.

Officials said many counties have had post-Christmas spikes in cases and the number of people becoming infected is rising.

“We are continuing to see flat trends at a high level of disease activity, with signs of a concerning uptick in the most recent data,” Dr. Scott Lindquist, the state epidemiologist for communicable diseases, said. “If we want to maintain the progress we made in the fall and move forward with reopening, we must redouble our efforts to control the virus.”

Officials also said Wednesday that, statewide, vaccinations will increase. Unlike Clallam and Jefferson counties, many counties have yet to begin inoculating people aged 70 years and older, among others, The Seattle Times reported.

Health secretary Dr. Umair Shah acknowledged the state’s rollout had been uneven and that the department needed to hasten the pace of vaccination.

The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported 2,892 new COVID-19 cases and 49 new deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 281,202 cases and 3,838 deaths. The agency said new cases may include up to 520 duplicates.

More in News

Jefferson PUD water sufficient for Port Hadlock sewer project

Agency presented with update on first phase

Volunteers, from left, John Albiso, Tien Vo and Bill Chastain cut boards that will become part of the Generation II Dream Playground during the first day of a six-day community build on Tuesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The playground will replace an antiquated version that was built by volunteers in 2002 and torn down earlier this year. Organizers are still seeking volunteers to help with construction, the loan of woodworking tools and monetary donations. More information on the build is at www.padreamplayground.org. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Dream Playground

Volunteers, from left, John Albiso, Tien Vo and Bill Chastain cut boards… Continue reading

Jefferson County approves updated social media policy

The Board of Jefferson County commissioners approved an updated… Continue reading

After 12 days touring Puget Sound, Andy Jacobs paddles his trimaran into the Port Townsend Boat Haven on Saturday night. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
WA360 race wraps up with 38 team finishers

Pullman man propels trimaran to Maritime Center

Clallam County approves move to mediator

Parties aim to work on communication

Peninsula health care system starting to see strain

COVID-19, trauma patients impacting hospitals

Most Read