Some Washington counties’ COVID-19 rates are flattening, according to a Dec. 24 release from the Washington Department of Health. Grant County is one of the counties mentioned to have flat or declining trends, but still have higher case counts than before Thanksgiving.
“Because of the high levels of disease activity Washington state has seen this fall, we are looking for more than just a flat trend. We need to see a significant decrease in cases and hospitalizations, and the only way to get there is to intensify our current efforts to control the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, secretary of health at DOH. “It is encouraging to see that those efforts have helped the state avoid a post-Thanksgiving spike. If we want to maintain this progress going into the new year, we must take every precaution possible including limiting in-person celebrations to our immediate households.”
Grant County was at 810.2 cases per 100,000 residents newly diagnosed cases from Dec. 8 through 21, as of Dec. 30 on the Washington Risk Assessment Dashboard. Pre-Thanksgiving rates, from Nov. 10 through Nov. 23, was 636 cases per 100,000.
In the last week, Grant County Health District has announced daily updates as low as 39 new cases and as high as 115 new cases. As of Dec. 31, the total number of positive cases in Grant County is up to 6,924 with 1,455 being from the Quincy area. Quincy is currently the second highest in the county, behind Moses Lake which has 2,952 cases. There have been 83 total deaths.