ISSAQUAH, WA — Over the past seven days Washington confirmed 4,451 new coronavirus infections, pushing the state past its 100,000th coronavirus case.
As of the latest release Friday afternoon from the Washington State Department of Health, officials have confirmed 101,345 COVID-19 cases. The state also saw 57 casualties over the past week, for a total of 2,296 Washingtonians dead due to the pandemic.
100,000 coronavirus cases is an ominous milestone to pass, and it’s joined by other foreboding news: health officials and state leaders say they now believe Washington is entering into a third surge of new cases.
As we transition into fall, cases are again on the rise in Washington.Spending time indoors with people outside your household is just too risky right now. We all need to commit to having fewer, shorter, safer interactions – especially as the weather keeps us inside more often. pic.twitter.com/eHtTd9P0zq
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) October 22, 2020
In Sammamish, Public Health – Seattle & King County recorded three new cases Friday, with 26 illnesses and no new hospitalizations or deaths resulting from the coronavirus over the past two weeks. The city’s 14-day testing positivity rate is at 1.7 percent, while King County’s overall positivity rate remains at 2.4 percent. In Issaquah, one case was removed from the total Friday and 18 cases were recorded over 14 days, with a positivity rate of 1.5 percent.
King County’s rate of new cases remains in the highest bracket, with 93 cases reported per 100,000 residents over 14 days — nearly four times the target threshold.
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U.S. approaches record daily cases again
The situation across the county mirrors the one in Washington, as the United States approached its largest-ever single-day toll of new coronavirus infections Friday.
As the Associated Press reports, the nation’s seven-day rolling average for daily COVID-19 cases hit 61,140 Thursday, up from 44,647 just two weeks ago. That’s nearing the record high rolling average of 67,293 daily cases on July 22, driver by summer outbreaks in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.
While Washington’s case counts have increased lately, the current nationwide surge in cases has largely been attributed to growth in South Dakota, Florida, Idaho and Texas.
The surge also has health care experts concerned as some hospitals reach capacity.
“We’ve essentially shut down an entire floor of our hospital. We’ve had to double rooms. We’ve bought more hospital beds,” Dr. Robert Scoggins, a pulmonologist at the Kootenai Health hospital in Coeur d’Alene told the Associated Press.
Read the full report from the Associated Press
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