A Fourth Wave is Here: It’s Up to Us to Get it Under Control

Fourth Wave of COVID-19 Infections Threaten Return to Normal

So how did we get here? Even with millions getting vaccinated?

  • There are five variants of concern spreading in Washington state. During the latest sequencing and variant report, we discovered a 35% increase in variants from the week before.
  • Experts believe these variants are causing more severe infections — raising hospitalization rates and ultimately, deaths. Over 600 hospitalizations were reported in the past week by state hospitals — the most we’ve seen in months.
  • Although people of all ages are vulnerable to COVID-19, the most recent wave seems to be impacting younger people more than others. People under the age of 50 currently make up half of Washington’s hospitalizations.
  • The virus continues to spread as more people let their guard down by not wearing masks, keeping physical distance, etc. Even if you are fully vaccinated, there are still guidelines to follow. We all need to do our part to slow the spread.
  • Demand for the vaccine is slowing, even though eligibility has expanded. The vaccine is our best shot to end the pandemic, and it’s effective against many variant strains.

What can we do?

  • Don’t wait, get your COVID-19 vaccine ASAP! Appointments are readily available through Vaccine Locator. Encourage your loved ones to do the same. Better yet, take them with you to get vaccinated together!
  • Follow the guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. There are certain considerations for mask wearing, gatherings and travel.
  • Play it safe with gatherings. Enjoy the warmer weather and take it outside when you can.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or were exposed to someone who tested positive.
  • Download or enable WA Notify to receive notifications if you were in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

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