Two more on Peninsula reported dead from COVID-19

Most recent deaths raise Clallam’s total from the virus to 80

PORT ANGELES — Two more deaths have been ascribed to COVID-19 as cases rise in Clallam County.

The county has lost two more residents to the virus, one woman in her 50s and one in her 90s, said Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties, on Tuesday.

Both were unvaccinated. It is unknown if either had any underlying health conditions.

The deaths bring the county’s total to 80.

As of Tuesday, Clallam County had 5,697 total cases since the pandemic began — an increase of 143 cases from the 5,554 reported on Thursday — with a case rate of 364 per 100,000 population, while Jefferson County held steady with a case rate of 180 per 100,000 and total cases of 1,399.

“We had a pretty significant surge of hospitalizations in Clallam County, mostly traced to indoor gatherings of largely unvaccinated people,” Berry said.

Ten people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clallam County — up from eight on Thursday — and two in Jefferson County.

Clallam County is still awaiting sequencing results on COVID-19 cases tied to a high school wrestling tournament, where the Omicron variant was present. North Olympic Peninsula wrestlers did not compete at the tournament but did compete later with people who had attended.

Berry reported Monday to Jefferson County commissioners that the case rate from the event on the Peninsula was up to 15. Previously, there were 11 known cases.

“Our sequencing on our individual cases is still outstanding,” she said. “It takes a few weeks to come back, but since their source case was omicron, we highly suspect that those cases are omicron as well.”

Berry said that confirmation likely will come in early January, especially as the omicron variant begins to eclipse the delta variant in its spread.

“We are seeing increased rates of breakthrough infections as well as reinfections,” Berry said.

“We are seeing people being reinfected within three months of their last infection. It really supports the idea that prior infection alone is not enough to protect from omicron,” she said.

“The good news is, even if you don’t get a booster, the vaccines are showing very strong protection against hospitalization and death from omicron, and the boosters are showing very strong protection against symptomatic disease,” she added.

Berry strongly encourages folks to get their boosters and to get tested prior to gathering for the holidays.

COVID-19 rapid tests have been flying off of store shelves, she said.

“I think a lot of the demand is driven by holiday travel right now, but I think it’s also from people getting sick,” Berry said.

Many stores across the country have had to set limits on the number of tests that can be purchased due to the shortage. To that, Berry recommended prioritizing the purchase of tests for those who are not yet able to get vaccinated.

“We are recommending that when you buy tests to prioritize them for those who cannot get vaccinated yet or are symptomatic,” Berry said.

“We also recommend checking periodically with a primary care doctor or getting testing done at a clinic, where the turnaround time is about 24 hours.”


Reporter Ken Park can be reached at

More in News

Customers at the Nordland General Store on Marrowstone Island look over cards and other items during a weekend of activities to celebrate the re-opening of the store after it had been closed for six years due to a fire. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Nordland General Store reopens with new model

Cooperative, board of directors leading operations of facility

Makah to cut ribbon on sawmill

Mill built in partnership with Port Angeles company

Elizabeth Resager of Bainbridge Island turns a sheep over so it is comfortable as she sheers its year-old woolen fleece, a highlight of the 41st Shepherd’s Festival at the Sequim Prairie Grange on Monday. The festival was half inside and half outside and included many vendors with sheep, goats, llamas and related products. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Shepherd’s Festival

Elizabeth Resager of Bainbridge Island turns a sheep over so it is… Continue reading

Centrum awarded $45K grant from national endowment

Centrum has been approved for a Grants for Arts… Continue reading

Helen and Greg Starr, executors of James Minsky’s estate, cut the ribbon for LtCol James Minsky Place on May 17 with Cheri Tinker, executive director of Sarge’s Veteran Support, right, and Sarge’s board president Lorri Gilchrist, and city council members Harmony Rutter and Rachel Anderson. The facility will permanently house six disabled and/or elderly veterans in Sequim. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Minsky Place opens to support elderly, disabled veterans

Sarge’s Veteran Support seeks five veterans for permanent housing

Public comment opens on Dabob Bay

State, county look to move lands into conservation

Clallam renews pact with investigative unit

Agencies are currently investigating shooting outside PA bank

Motrocyclist airlifted to Harborview after wreck

A San Antonio man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center… Continue reading

WomenSpirit Coalition staff members include, from left, Michelle Williams, Dee Koester, Diane Good (in back), Cheryl Neskahi Coan, Erin Lopez Neskahi and Laura Fierro. (Elijah Sussman/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
WomenSpirit Coalition steps into new phase

Multi-service indigenous support organization to host open house

Members of the Mount Olympus Detachment 897 of the Marine Corps League give a 21-gun salute at a Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Angeles Memorial Park in Port Angeles on Monday. The ceremony was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6787 of Carlsborg and was one of many Memorial Day events held in Clallam and Jefferson counties. (Peter Segall/Peninsula Daily News)
Solemn ceremonies honor America’s war dead

Flowers, wreaths decorate gravesites across Peninsula

Peninsula College, teachers agree on contract

Three-year deal to raise faculty salaries

Clallam County pledges $1.5 million toward preserving two farms

Commitment would provide conservation easement on properties