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Seven more die of COVID in Grant County

All state regions remain in Phase 1

Seven more people have died of COVID-19 in Grant County, the public health district said Monday.

A Coulee City woman in her 70s was among five who died who were not in a long-term care setting. Others were two men in their 60s, one from Moses Lake and the other from Soap Lake; and two Moses Lake men in their 70s.

Two more confirmed dead from the virus had been residents at Lake Ridge Center in Moses Lake, which was hit with the illness in November. The woman in her 70s and the man in his 80s bring the total dead from that infection to 20.

The Coulee City area, including roughly 1,000 residents, has seen a total of 53 cases, the health district shows on its website.

Coulee Medical Center has closed its clinic there until the end of February due to the community-based spread of Covid and limited staff capacity.

Grant County Health District delays the announcement of COVID-19 associated deaths to give families time to notify their loved ones. All reported deaths of Grant County residents attributed to COVID-19 were verified with the death certificate, testing, and other case information.

All eight regions of Washington State remain in Phase 1 of the two-phase Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery plan for handling the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Grant, Okanogan, Douglas, and Chelan counties are grouped into the North Central Region, which currently meets two of the four requirements to move to Phase 2, which has less stringent restrictions on individuals, businesses, and schools. 

From Dec. 27, 2020 until Jan. 9, 2021, the North Central Region shows a Covid incidence rate of 583.9 cases per 100,000 residents, a 1% drop from the two weeks prior, but not meeting the 10% drop requirement to move to Phase 2. 

The state as a whole has an incidence rate of 470.3, a 19% increase from the two weeks prior. 

The hospital admission rate in the North Central Region from Jan. 3-16 shows a 12% drop from the two weeks prior, meeting the 10% requirement to move to Phase 2, and compares to a 10% drop statewide. 

From Jan. 10-16, the region shows an intensive care unit occupancy of 86%, meeting the under 90% requirement to move to Phase 2, and compares to the 81% ICU occupancy statewide. 

From Dec. 27, 2020 until Jan. 2, 2021 the region has had a 14% Covid test positivity rate, not meeting the less than 10% requirement to move to Phase 2, with the state as a whole having a 10% test positivity rate.

The data comes from the Washington Disease Reporting System, WA HEALTH, and the Washington State Department of Health, using the most recent complete data for each metric.


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