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

A Jefferson County Search and Rescue team waits at a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office command post as plans are developed to access the site of a plane crash on Wednesday southwest of Gardiner. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Small aircraft goes down near Gardiner

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies located a crash site of a… Continue reading

Agencies support Dash Air

Kenmore Air filed complaint to USDOT

Public comment on the purchase of 17 acres adjacent to Hoko River State Park is now open.
Purchase near Hoko River open for public comment

Seventeen acres near state park

Injured hiker rescued from Cape Johnson

The Coast Guard rescued an injured hiker from the beach… Continue reading

Three members of an orca family swim off the east shore of the National Wildlife Reserve on Protection Island near Port Townsend on Monday. Southern Resident orcas have only 74 members and are listed as an endangered species. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Southern Residents spotted

Three members of an orca family swim off the east shore of… Continue reading

Applicants sought for project grants

The Ben and Myrtle Walkling Memorial Trust is currently… Continue reading

Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group

Access from River Road to West Silberhorn Road was closed for several hours Monday after a cyclist died after being struck by a garbage truck.
Sequim man dies after he was hit by garbage truck

A Sequim man has died after he was struck by… Continue reading

Eleanor Stopps award nominations sought

Nominations for the 2022 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award… Continue reading

Most Read