COVID cases have dropped ‘substantially’ in Washington since August

A COVID patient at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle. (Getty Images)

A new report from the Institute for Disease Modeling states that COVID-19 cases across the state have “fallen significantly” since August.

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The decline has been minimal in all age groups, including “areas with earlier hotspots” such as Yakima County.

In Western Washington, the effective reproduction number (RAY) – a number that indicates the amount of a single individual with the virus – is now about 0.86. The number is about 1.22 in eastern Washington. This is the lowest since early April, “when mobility and economic mobility were greatly reduced.” Typically, a re-number below 1.0 indicates a positive step towards achieving a COVID-19 outbreak under control.

“This suggests that personal behaviors such as wearing masks, limited gathering size, and maintaining physical distance are offset by recent increases in social and economic activity compared to the early days of the epidemic,” with the Washington State Department Together, the report states. Health, Fred Hutchinson and University of Washington.

All this is being done, with one exception to lowering the case number is in Whitman County, where local officials continue to frequently throw large parties with Washington State University students.

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Despite the Pullman Police issuing tickets to party hosts, WSU students have gotten constructive to learn about those results, often sending money to party hosts above Venmo to cover the cost of an incursion .

The trend has seen the county suffering through a “sharp spike” in new COVID cases since mid-August, almost exclusively among college-aged individuals. As of Monday, Pullman, Wash., Still has the highest rate of new cases of any city in the United States in the past two weeks.

Despite being largely prevalent among Pullman College students, the DOH is concerned that “this outbreak has the potential to drive cases to the general population.”


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