Washington’s vaccine rollout has introduced hope to many, but it surely’s additionally led some to let down their guard. Now circumstances are rising in King County.
SEATTLE — Amid excellent news about Washington’s vaccine rollout, there are considerations a few surge in circumstances even right here regionally—however docs say whereas that is regarding, it is one thing that may be managed.
Nationally, greater than two dozen states together with Washington are seeing a rise in circumstances. Officers are warning of a “fourth wave” as extra individuals start to journey.
Domestically, King County Public Well being Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin stated final week the county noticed 250 new reported circumstances – a 26% improve from the week earlier than.
On Sunday alone, Seattle and King County reported one other 253 new COVID-19 cases because the day earlier than. The company’s information present COVID-19 circumstances have been spiking within the county because the week of March 23.
“This week’s forecast exhibits growing storm clouds on the horizon,” he stated.
“We will not predict how massive the surge can be or how lengthy it’s going to final or precisely how a lot harm it’s going to trigger. However we should be ready for additional will increase in circumstances and hospitalizations over the approaching weeks,” Dr. Duchin stated.
He stated whereas individuals await the vaccine they need to proceed to play it protected.
“Many circumstances, as much as 50% unfold from individuals earlier than they’ve signs or know they’re unwell. And it is crucial for that purpose to be vigilant, take precautions and proceed to grasp that this illness is alive and nicely in our group,” he stated.
Dr. Duchin added Washington Governor Jay Inslee assured well being officers the state has sufficient vaccine provide to handle the rise in demand anticipated when all residents 16 and older develop into eligible for the vaccine on April 15.