EVERETT – On Sunday, Snohomish County reported more than 140 new COVID cases – the highest one-day total of the pandemic, according to Snohomish Health District data.
Meanwhile, the two-week number of cases ending on Saturday showed 126 new infections per 100,000 residents, close to their highest level since March, of 129.
However, the current figure is only slightly higher than a week ago, suggesting a third wave of infections may be slowing down.
“Relatively speaking, it’s an improvement in trajectory,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, the county health officer. “But the absolute level is still much higher than what we want to see. The point is, let̵7;s try to keep that bend and direct it down.
Indoor social gatherings, unmasked, both large and small, continue to increase new infections, he said. That’s because the disease is spread through droplets created when people talk, sneeze, cough or breathe.
Wearing a mask helps prevent you from spreading the water droplets and keeps others from getting into your mouth or nose. And good ventilation helps to push the water droplets away.
While data may suggest the virus is starting to slow down, there is also concern that big Halloween parties over the weekend could lead to more cases.
The previous holidays, such as July 4 and Labor Day, had an increase in infections every day.
Spitters said he was aware of a major vacation rally in Marysville that had been disrupted by law enforcement.
However, it will take a week to two to see any increase from Halloween reflected in the numbers.
“We’ll definitely be watching,” he said. “It was just the first of many upcoming holidays on the calendar.”
Cases are on the rise in all age groups, including those most likely to die from the virus.
That has led public health officials to worry that hospitalizations and viral deaths could increase.
For months, the number of people in district hospitals run by COVID at any given time ranged from teenagers to mid-30s.
Currently, 25 people are hospitalized for the virus, seven of them have to use breathing apparatus to breathe, Spitters said.
Infections have also risen in long-term care homes.
More than 50 of those cases were at Regency Care Monroe, which is dealing with a major outbreak.
The other eleven establishments have one or more cases, Spitters added.
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