The update brings the state’s total to over 116,000 confirmed cases and 2,4319 deaths.
OLYMPIA, Wash – Washington set a new daily record for new coronavirus infections, with 1,777 new cases being announced on Saturday.
That number topped the previous record with nearly 1,500 new COVID cases reported in a single day, the highest number the state has reported in a day since the pandemic began.
The State Department of Health (DOH) warns that COVID-19 infections are spreading in the Puget Sound area. The update brings the state’s total to over 116,000 confirmed cases and 2,4319 deaths.
For most, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up after 2-3 weeks, although long-term effects are unknown.
But for some people, especially the elderly and those with health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia and death.
Earlier this week, State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said, “We are going the wrong way fast,” referring to the spike in COVID-19 cases statewide.
Local health officials are also voicing warnings about the growing number of cases.
On Friday, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin of Public Health – Seattle and King County, said they were seeing increasing COVID-19 cases at any age in the county, but mostly in young and working adults. He said 70% of the county’s cases were between the ages of 20 and 60.
“We have reached a new high, with about 308 new cases reported per day in the last week,” Duchin said. “This figure is four times higher than at the end of September and more than 100 cases per day compared with the initial outbreak in the spring.”
He said “too many” recent cases of COVID-19 involve travel and community activities, gatherings with friends and family, parties, weddings and visits to bars and restaurants. .
“The cases continue to accelerate in the wrong direction and it is best to brake before a collision, not after,” Duchin said. “Too many of us are doing too much with little consideration of the consequences of our actions on others. The risks of buying COVID-19 today are higher than ever ”.
Duchin said that about to enter the holiday season, people need to be vigilant and not let pandemic fatigue prevent them from taking precautions, such as wearing masks, staying away from society and drought stay in the home with others who are not in their household.