Thurston County health officials reported two new COVID-19 outbreaks on Friday as well as five new cases, bringing the total number of cases for the week to 71.
Five patients with a positive result are:
- A man in his 20s;
- Two men and one woman in their 30s; and
- A man in his 50s.
In a Letter to the Community, Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek wrote that there are two new outbreaks the county is investigating.
One is “in an adult family of six residents, where two residents and one employee test positive,”; wrote Abdelmalek. “Another outbreak has been confirmed in a residential group home. So far, three residents and nine employees have had positive results. “
Abdelalek declined to name the facilities, but she said the outbreaks at the two homes may have contributed to Thursday’s record-high daily total of 35.
No outbreak sites have been disclosed, she said, as the county does not see them as a threat to public health.
“We want everyone in our community to feel safe and have confidence that our department’s team of investigators and liaison monitors are working around the clock to protect health and safety. our community while protecting confidential personal information and complying with federal and state laws, ”wrote Abdelmalek.
To date, 748 Thurston County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was discovered on March 11th. Of those, 536 were considered “cured” or “Recovering from illness”; 57 people were hospitalized for treatment.
Ten Thurston County residents died from the disease, and nine of them had an underlying health condition.
In the area
- Pierce County reported 64 new COVID-19 infections and no new deaths on Friday. In total, 5,458 county residents tested positive for the virus and 123 people died from the virus.
- Lewis County reported six more people who tested positive for the disease; Three people tested positive in their 30s, two in their 40s and one in their 50s. In the county, 221 people tested positive for the disease and three died.
- Mason County said 13 people tested positive for the disease on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 227. One person died.
- Grays Harbor County announced the death of a resident involved in an outbreak at Beehive-assisted living facility. The other four cases are connected to the facility, by district. This brings the total number of deaths to three, one in late July and two in August. The number of cases is 110 on Thursday.
Around the state, country and world
- The Washington State Department of Health has updated its COVID-19 total number of cases to 60,917 with 1,653 deaths as of Friday night.
- In the US, nearly 5 million people have tested positive for the disease as of Saturday, and more than 162,000 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
- Globally, 19.5 million people have been diagnosed with the disease as of Saturday, and about 724,000 deaths are due to it.