PORT ANGELES – As of today (Friday), the seven people who died from COVID-19 in the Northern Olympic Peninsula, the majority women, were at least 70 years old. Most were 80 years old.
That changed with the eighth death, he reported Friday morning.
A Clallam County man in his 50s who contracted the virus while traveling out of state died this week at his home, Clallam County health official Dr. Allison Berry said in her regular briefing on Friday.
It was the sixth death from the virus reported in Clallam County since Aug. 16. Two have died in Jefferson County since Nov.25 and none in 2021.
But even as Clallam remains the most vaccinated county in the state and “well within” the moderate rate category for viral infections, Berry said the man indicates that residents of the Northern Olympic Peninsula should, with vigilance, continue to wear masks. in public and practicing safety protocols.
“It’s a critical reminder that COVID-19 is still very much alive and well and circulating, especially outside of our community, although we still have some here as well,” Berry said.
“It is a vital reminder of how serious this infection can be, even for the youngest people.”
There has been one death per month from the virus reported in Clallam and Jefferson counties since August.
A woman in her 90s and a woman in her 80s died in Jefferson County in November and December.
Three 80-year-old women, a 70-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man have died in Clallam County since August.
Like the man whose death was reported Friday, most had underlying conditions or age was a factor.
Clallam County, which passed the 1,000 case mark in the last week of February since the first case was reported on March 18, 2020, stood at 1,011 cases as of Friday, Berry said.
That’s an increase from a reported case since Thursday.
Thirty percent of Clallam County residents had received at least one injection of the two-dose vaccine and 18 percent were fully vaccinated, Berry said.
As of Thursday, 336 Jefferson County residents had contracted the virus since the first confirmed case was reported on March 6, 2020.
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