COVID rates still high in state and in local counties


Last updated 12/9/2020 at 8:41am

People line up in their cars to get a free test for COVID-19 at the Lake Roosevelt High School athletic field parking lot Tuesday afternoon. Personnel from LifeLine Ambulance in Omak staffed the effort from 3 to 8 p.m. At 3:20 about 23 vehicles were in line. The testing was offered as Covid incidence rates have climbed across the state. - Scott Hunter photo

As of Dec. 8, Grant County had reported 5,585 total COVID-19 cases, including 54 deaths, 18 of those in the past week. There have been 22 cases in the Grand Coulee Dam area and 23 in the Coulee City area. The county has had 880 cases in the prior 14 days for an incidence rate of 900, down from 1,104 Dec. 1.

The incidence goal is 25 or fewer cases per 100,000 population. All local counties are seeing rates in the multiple hundreds, as is the state as a whole.

As of Dec. 8:

Okanogan County has reported 1,405 total cases. There have been 19 cases in Coulee Dam, five in Elmer City, and 38 in Nespelem. The county has had 83 new cases in the past 14 days making for an incidence rate of 194, down from 252.8 Dec. 1. 

Lincoln County has seen a total of 196 cases, including three deaths. There have been 51 cases reported in the past 14 days, making for a two-week incidence rate of 465.3, down from 583.9 Dec. 1. 

Douglas County has reported 2,228 total cases, including seven deaths; 380 new cases in the past 14 days; an incidence rate of 875, up from 766.8 Dec. 1. 

Washington state as a whole has seen 187,327 total cases, including 2,967 deaths; 32,897 cases in the past 14 days; an incidence rate of 435.9, up from 419.5 Dec. 1. 

Sources: Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Coronavirus Response, Grant County Health District, and Okanogan Public Health, Lincoln County Health Dept., Chelan-Douglas Health District.


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