Find developments on the coronavirus pandemic and the plan for recovery in the U.S. and Washington state.
Where cases stand in Washington:
- 13 new coronavirus deaths reported as of Friday in Washington among 390 new cases, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
- Total: 1,850 deaths among 69,779 overall cases in Washington state.
- Since the start of the pandemic, the DOH reports that 6,358 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Washington state.
- The state reports of the total confirmed cases in the state, Washington’s coronavirus death rate is 2.7%.
A new U.S. study has found children infected with the new coronavirus — even those with mild or no symptoms — can have a significantly higher level of the virus in their airways than adult COVID-19 patients in intensive care. That high viral load can increase the risk of transmitting the virus to others, the authors say.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) say it shows children may play a larger role in community spread than previously thought. It also raises new concerns about the reopening of daycare centers and schools without proper safety measures.
New coronavirus cases seem to have leveled off in Skagit and Snohomish counties over the last two weeks.
“We have two consecutive weeks of decline. That’s good news,” said Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters. “It’s encouraging. It makes me cautiously optimistic about where things are going.”
Skagit County has also seen fewer case numbers with only two cases reported on Monday and Tuesday. Health officials in Skagit County think it’s due to the fact there hasn’t been a major holiday in over a month.
State health officials say more than 30 COVID-19 cases have been reported in an outbreak at a Bremerton hospital.
The Washington State Department of Health said Friday afternoon the outbreak has affected multiple units at St. Michael Medical Center, which is part of the CHI Franciscan system.
Officials say the outbreak involves hospital staff and employees.
Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, discussed the latest on the spread of COVID-19 Friday.
Duchin addressed the latest trends in cases, the role social gatherings are having, and what can be done to reduce transmission before the weather turns colder.
“With the impending start of the flu season along with the potential for increased COVID transmission as people spend more time indoors, we need to do everything we can now as a community to prevent the spread of illness. The key is to keep social circles small, limiting how many people we socialize with and staying away from others at the first sign of symptoms to prevent household transmission,” a statement from Public Health reads.