Bad news/Good news
Yakima provides a glimmer of hope
The Yakima Health Department reported recently that 95% of people in Yakima are wearing a face covering in public. And you know what? Yakima County is the only place in the state right now where each person who gets COVID-19 on average spreads it to less than one other person.
Everywhere else in the state is on the path to runaway transmission rates of COVID-19, according to the most recent statewide situation report.
Here’s the bad news:
- The number of people getting COVID-19 every day in Washington is higher now than it has ever been.
- Hospitalization rates are rising throughout the state.
- The increase in the number of young adults getting COVID-19 is leading to an increase in the number of children and teens who are getting COVID-19 and threatening to spread broadly into younger and older age groups, as we have seen happen in Florida.
And the good news:
- Changing our behavior makes a difference. The report describes the hopeful story of Yakima County, which has seen a sharp turnaround in the number of people getting COVID-19 each day now that nearly everyone in Yakima County is wearing cloth face coverings and practicing physical distancing.
You know what to do. Each of us needs to make a conscious shift in the way we live our lives so that we can send our kids back to school in the fall and continue to reopen our businesses.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Mostly visit virtually. See only a few people in person.
- Stay six feet away from other people.
- Wear a cloth face covering in public.
Do your part to make sure we can send our kids back to school and avoid the need for more restrictions.
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Information in this blog changes rapidly. Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.
Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact our the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday — Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday — Sunday. Language assistance is available.
Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.