Snohomish County sees COVID-19 case count spike

By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff

Coronavirus cases through Snohomish County continue to hit record-setting numbers, increasing at an alarming rate, says the Snohomish Health District.  

A recent report issued by the Snohomish Health District (SHD) shows that the county’s case counts have spiked in recent days. On Wednesday, November 4, more newly confirmed COVID cases were reported in the County than any other one-day total since this pandemic began, with the Health District receiving 182 new cases. The next day, Thursday’s case count was at 178. Through 1 p.m. on Friday, the county had reported 137 cases.

“We know this is hard, but we all play a role in helping to slow the spread of this virus,” said the City of Lynnwood in response to the spike. “Be diligent in wearing a mask, washing your hands, and minimizing your in-person meetings with those outside of your household.”

In the past two weeks (Oct. 18 through Oct. 31), there have been 1,689 new coronavirus cases throughout Snohomish County, according to the Snohomish Health District.

The target for new COVID-19 cases is 25 or less per 100,000 residents over 14 days. According to Snohomish Health District data on the county’s COVID-19 activity between October 25 and October 31, the county is above the 25 case maximum, sitting at 124.9 cases per 100,000 residents. Case activity has increased since the last report released a week prior, with 120.9 cases. 

As of November 9, between October 25 and 31, the county has administered an average of 173 daily tests per 100,000 residents, with a testing positivity rate of 6.2%. Yet, positive test results should stay under two percent each week. 

“Pandemic fatigue has set in for many,” said the health district in a social media post. “It’s not always easy to keep up with the good habits like masking, distancing and not gathering in-person to socialize. But please hang in there. We can turn this around.”

On average, 3.3 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents per week have occurred, with a daily count of 27.3 hospitalized with the coronavirus per week between Oct. 25 and 31, decreasing from 27.8 from the two weeks prior. However, the county is meeting its mark with hospitalization, sitting at the threshold of 80% of hospital beds occupied. 

Since January, Snohomish County has seen 10,323 coronavirus cases as of November 9.

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