Thurston County Sees Decrease of More Than 100 Week-Over-Week COVID Cases

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New COVID-19 cases in Thurston County have begun to drop, with news deaths associated with the virus showing more of the same.

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths in the county during the period of Oct. 4-11.

The reported deaths included people in the age range of 50 to 99. The additional deaths brought Thurston County’s total to 204 as of Oct. 11.

The department also reported 567 new COVID-19 infections from Oct. 4-10, which is less than the nine previous weeks where new cases landed above 670.

The running total of infections throughout the pandemic in the county landed at 18,849 as of Oct. 11.

The percent of those infected with COVID-19 who have died stands at 1.1 percent for the county, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Out of the 18,849 total county cases reported by Oct. 11, patients who have recovered or are recovering increased to 17,492, according to the health department. That’s over 1,000 more than reported last week.

Since last reported, there have been 37 new hospitalizations in Thurston County, according to DOH, making the total number since the start of the pandemic land at 1,220 as of Oct. 10.

Health care workers have administered a total of 347,857 vaccine doses countywide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to DOH.

In neighboring Pierce County, no new deaths were recorded since last reported and new cases have decreased to 550.7 per 100,000 population as reported during the 14-day period between Sept. 16-29, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The total number of cases in the county reached 85,196 as of Oct. 11 with 779 deaths.

In Washington state, as of Oct. 10, there were 606,593 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 77,939 probable cases, a total of 37,958 people have been hospitalized due to the illness, and 8,064 people have died, according to DOH. That’s more than 250 new deaths since reported last week. The statewide rate of those who have died after contracting the virus stands at 1.2 percent. About 9.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. That’s about 200,000 more vaccines administered in the state in one week.

Nationwide, as of press deadline, there were 44,217,318 total cases since the start of the pandemic. There were 711,020 confirmed deaths and about 401,819240 million doses of vaccines were administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s about 4 million more vaccines administered in one week. New cases over the last 30 days are on a downward trend, and new deaths have appeared to plateau, CDC graphs indicated.

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