The Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 504 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and 19 deaths.
Pierce County reported 72 cases on Tuesday and two new deaths. Pierce County had a total of 128 possible COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
The total number of coronavirus illnesses throughout the state was 64,151 and 1,716 deaths, up from 63,647 and 1,697 deaths on Monday.
Forty-four people with confirmed COVID-19 cases were admitted to Washington state hospital on August 3, the most recent date with complete data. Late March had two days with 88 people hospitalized, the highest number so far during the pandemic.
The State of Washington has conducted 954,355 coronavirus trials. As of August 3, 11,637 samples were collected statewide, with 7.1% testing positive. The average rate of positive tests over the previous seven days was 7%.
The total number of tests dropped on Tuesday as DOH continues to have problems related to reporting some of the exact negative tests it reports on its website.
“These issues are relevant to those who have received many tests,” said DOH. “As we work to solve this, today we are reporting negative lab data, but it should be considered preliminary.”
The number of negative testers reflected in the data dropped on Tuesday. DOH said the problem originated in June, but has recently become more apparent.
“We hope we can share more about the cause of this problem soon and what our solution is,” said DOH.
The test numbers reflect only polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are done to the patient while the virus is thought to remain active in the body.
King County continues to have the highest number in Washington, with 16,808 deaths and 686 deaths. Yakima district was second, with 10,389 cases and 211 deaths.
All counties in Washington have a case. Garfield and Wahkiakum have fewer than 10 cases.
On Tuesday, Washington had a case rate of 845 per 100,000 people. The national rate is 1,545, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Louisiana has the highest rate in the US of 2,832. Vermont is the lowest at 233.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 5.1 million confirmed coronavirus infections and 164,502 viral deaths in the United States as of Tuesday. More than 738,000 people have died from the disease worldwide.