Thurston County COVID-19 Cases See Uptick After Recent Slump

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Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported an uptick in new COVID-19 infections, with the number increasing to 187 during the period of July 12-18, as compared to 134 new infections during the week of July 5-11, bringing the running total for infections throughout the pandemic in the county to 11,412 as of July 19.

By comparison, the highest number of new cases reported in a single week was 485 during the week of Dec. 7-13, 2020.

Two new deaths were reported, a man in his 70s on July 15, and a man in his 80s on July 18. Thurston County’s total deaths have increased to 99, according to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. The percent of those infected with COVID-19 who have died stands at 1 percent for the county, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Out of the 11,412 total county cases reported by July 19, patients who have recovered or are recovering has increased to 11,076 from 10,941, according to reports from Thurston County Public Health and Social Services.

Since last reported, there have been nine new hospitalizations in Thurston County, according to DOH, making the total number since the start of the pandemic land at 753 as of July 18.

Health care workers have administered a total of 293,190 vaccine doses countywide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the DOH.

In neighboring Pierce County, five new deaths were reported and new cases have increased to 72.6 per 100,000 population as reported during the 14-day period between June 28 and July 8, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The total number of cases in the county is at 52,044 as of July 19 with 625 total deaths.

In Washington state, as of July 18, there were 423,043 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 38,804 probable cases, a total of 26,196 people have been hospitalized due to the illness, and 6,043 people have died, according to DOH. The statewide rate of those who have died after contracting the virus stands at 1.3 percent.

Nationwide, as of press deadline, there were 33,896,296 total cases since the start of the pandemic, 606,618 confirmed deaths and about 338.2 million doses of vaccines were administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New cases over the last 30 days have increased in the second part of the month, with new deaths showing a slight increase as well, CDC graphs indicated.

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