According to the Washington State Department of Health, one person died on Tuesday, July 28, and another 18 residents of Whatcom County tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the state, Whatcom County now had 871 confirmed cases and 38 deaths during the pandemic. The new figures mean that 4.4% of people diagnosed with the new coronavirus, Whatcom, have died, according to the State Health Department, Monday, July 27, at 11:59 p.m.
The 18 new cases mean that July, with a few days remaining, was mostly a month in Whatcom County ̵1; 249 per month. June had 230 cases; May was the lowest – 88 cases; April There were 163 cases, and in March, when the first case was reported on the 10th, 139 cases.
The state also reported on Tuesday that 76 hospitals were hospitalized in Whatcom County and 30,446 tests were conducted, with a positive result of 2.9 percent.
St. Joseph’s Hospital at Bellingham reported on Tuesday to The Bellingham Herald that it was treating four patients for the new coronavirus. All-time COVID-19 patients at Bellingham Hospital on 31 March. There were 11.
Risk assessment data
The latest state risk assessment scoreboard data released on Tuesday shows Whatcom County’s goals out of two of the five Phase 2 metric goals:
▪ Whatcom lacks a target of less than 25 new cases per 100,000 population every 14 days – 57.7.
▪ Whatcom lacks a target of more than 50 people checked for each new confirmed case last week (46.2).
▪ Whatcom is missing the target of 2% or less of people with a positive COVID-19 value of 2.2% last week.
▪ Whatcom aims to have less than 80% of all licensed hospital beds occupied by non-CoVID-19 patients, with 76.5% reported by the state.
▪ Whatcom aims to have less than 10% of all licensed hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and 1.6% of all hospital beds according to the state.
In the US and Washington state
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 16.6 million More than 658,813 COVID-19 cases died Tuesday night. More than 4.34 million have been confirmed in the United States. Cases – the most commonly reported in any nation – and at least 149,180 deaths.
Overall, the Washington State Department of Health reported 54,205 cases (an increase of 884 cases), 1,548 deaths (an increase of 30), and 5,474 of coronavirus-related hospitalizations (an increase of 77) on Tuesday night. Approximately 2.9% of all confirmed cases in the country were fatal, and 5.7% of the 945,234 studies performed were positive for COVID-19.
BC berry packing outbreak
British Columbia Chief Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Monday that 15 workers at an berry processing plant in Abbotsford, BC had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a story published in Abbotsford News.
Henry reportedly said Fraser Health had begun investigating the outbreak on Thursday at the Fraser Valley Packers, which confirmed the outbreak in a press release.
Fraser Health inspects all employees at the Abbotsford facility near the U.S.-Canada border and works with case and contact management, Abbotsford News reported. The plant is reported to be operating at lower power.
According to the Fraser Valley Packers website, the company lists Everson’s location along Garrison Road, which supplies, grows and certifies blueberries; agricultural blueberry research; and packaging, processing and distribution of blueberries.
The transfer of states is still growing
The latest state of the art report, released by the Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday, showed that COVID-19 transmission continues to grow.
“We are still at risk of significant growth as the virus continues to spread in Washington state,” health secretary John Wiesman said in a press release announcing the new report. “And as I move into more vulnerable age groups, I am very concerned that the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise.”
Among the last reports were:
▪ The reproductive rate of COVID-19 transmission is estimated to remain higher than in western and eastern Washington, meaning that each new case of coronavirus has spread to more than one individual. Although the estimated reproductive number is lower than a week ago, the press says new cases in the state continue to rise.
▪ The proportion of positive COVID-19 tests remains high in eastern Washington and increasing in western Washington. This again reflects a higher spread of the virus, not just an increased trial, the report said.
▪ Recently, the concentration of new cases involving young adults continues to spread to younger and older age groups. There is also an increase in new hospitalizations in many age groups, the report said.
▪ For the first time since March, coronavirus-related deaths are on the rise in western Washington and continue to rise in eastern Washington.
“Our actions are important: stay home, stay away and wear a face mask,” Weisman said in a statement. “We all need to take this responsibility seriously and limit our activities to protecting the health and safety of our communities.”
Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended indefinitely the counties moving forward under the Safe Start Plan in Washington.
Five counties remain in the modified Phase 1 variant, 17 counties, including Whatcom, are in Phase 2, and 17 counties are in Phase 3.
Stage 2 allows restaurants and taverns to operate at up to half capacity, with a maximum of five tables, hair and nail salons and hairdressers to reopen business, and retail stores to resume in-store purchases by 30% of capacity. It also provides the opportunity for additional outdoor recreation and to bring together up to five people outside the person’s home.
Phase 3 allows gyms and cinemas to operate at up to half capacity and restaurants to increase to 75%. At this stage, a ban on sitting at bars in restaurants and taverns was introduced earlier in July.