DOH: Spokane Co. possibly curbing COVID-19 infections, statewide trend still concerning – KXLY Spokane

July 28, 2020 1:18 PM

Connor Sarles

Posted: July 28, 2020 1:18 PM

Another concern is that the positivity rate in tests is still high statewide, and is likewise rising in western Washington. DOH reports that this shows a greater spread of the infection, and not simply a rise in screening.

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Most unpleasant of all is the shift in age infections; at the beginning of the pandemic, people over the age of 60 were contracting the infection more than any other age group. Now, its inordinately impacting young people, who in turn spread COVID-19 to younger and older age.

The trend in other counties is less, as infections continue to rise, reports the DOH.

The report approximates COVIDs reproductive number– the variety of brand-new people each client will contaminate, likewise called R-nought– is above one in both Eastern and Western Washington. The Department of Health states the goal of everyones coronavirus action is to get that number well listed below one.

All age groups are now seeing a rise in hospitalizations, and the DOH says that deaths are increasing, too– the death rate in western Washington is regretfully becoming similar to what they saw in March.

” While Im encouraged by continued development in Yakima County, the data require that we must do more throughout the state,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “We are still at excellent threat for substantial growth as the virus continues to spread out in Washington state. And, as it moves into more susceptible age groups, I am extremely concerned that hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.”

While the R-nought has actually reduced from last weeks report, DOH states the trend still shows a growth in COVID-19 cases.

DOH keeps in mind that a number of counties may be seeing their infections plateau and even reduce; Spokane, Clark, Franklin, King and Yakima counties consisted of. Health authorities state that this is either an indication of actual cases decreasing, or is indicative of screening hold-ups.

Copyright 4 News NowOLYMPIA, Wash.– According to the Department of Healths statewide scenario report, COVID-19 transmission is growing, but several counties consisting of Spokane could be lowering their infection rates.

” While Im encouraged by continued progress in Yakima County, the information need that we need to do more throughout the state,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “We are still at fantastic risk for significant growth as the infection continues to spread in Washington state. And, as it moves into more susceptible age, I am extremely concerned that deaths and hospitalizations will continue to increase.”