Infection rate remains low as schools start to reopen in Clallam County

One new positive case in Clallam, no updates for Jefferson

PORT ANGELES — As Clallam County sees the beginning of in-person school instruction today, the county continues to see few new cases of COVID-19 and a relatively low infection rate.

While outbreaks are being reported in other parts of Washington this past week, especially at the University of Washington, Clallam County had one more positive COVID-19 case reported Sunday, the third day in a row with one new case reported.

Clallam County has had 251 COVID-19 positives reported since March and the county has 12 active cases as of Sunday.

Dr. Allison Unthank said the new positive Sunday will not have a big effect on the infection rate of 26 per 100,000 population during the past two weeks. That’s in the low end of the state’s moderate-risk category.

Low risk is 25 infections per 100,000 population or fewer.

Clallam County needs to maintain an infection rate below 75 per 100,000 over a two-week period to keep in-person classes open, Unthank said. The county has gone 32 days in a row with an infection rate below that level.

Jefferson County did not have any updates available over the weekend. The county remains at 72 cases, with just two cases reported since the end of August.

There is one active case in Jefferson County, although the listed infection rate remained at 0 per 100,000 as of Sunday.

Jefferson County schools went to limited in-person instruction in early September, and so far classes reopening have not resulted in an increase in cases.

Unthank warned in her weekly COVID-19 update Friday that the region could see an increase in cases with schools reopening to in-person instruction and with cooler temperatures pushing people indoors. She urged people to continue to be vigilant about wearing masks indoors and maintaining social distance, and to keep gatherings small and limited to immediate family members during the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas holidays.

There will be no COVID-19 update today for the Board of Jefferson County Commissioners. The weekly update will resume at the commissioners’ Oct. 12 meeting.

More in News

Crescent School club marks Red Ribbon Week

Movement encourages kids to be drug free

State Parks announces winter camping, day-use schedule

More than 100 parks remain open year round

Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney looks at two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets he vacuumed from a nest in a nearby tree Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials said. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Scientists remove 98 ‘murder hornets’ in state

Workers sustain no stings or other injuries

COVID-19 cases rising statewide

Hospitalizations up in western Washington

Center Valley Animal Rescue director Sara Penhallegon, right, along with veterinarian and volunteer Dr. Christine Parker-Graham conduct a medical evaluation on a female cougar that checked itself in to the rescue earlier this month. (Center Valley Animal Rescue)
Starving cougar found at animal rescue center

Staff members rehab lost animal, send to Texas zoo

Sequim to host broadband meeting

The city of Sequim will host a Community Broadband Meeting… Continue reading

Police identify man who succumbed to self-inflicted gunshot

Police have identified the man who died Saturday afternoon… Continue reading

Horticulture class registration opens Nov. 14

Online program offered by Washington State University Clallam County Extension

Peninsula sees high demand for flu vaccinations

Pharmacies report significant uptick

Most Read