According to the Washington Department of Health, one person died on Tuesday, July 28, and another 18 residents of Whatcom County were positive for the COVID-19 test.
According to the state, Whatcom County now has 871 confirmed cases and 38 deaths during the pandemic. The new numbers mean that 4.4% of people diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Whatcom have died – according to the Ministry of Health from Monday 27 July at 23:59.
18 new cases mean that July, with a few days left, had the largest number of cases per month in Whatcom County, with 249 to date. June had 230 cases; May was the lowest point with 88 cases; There were 163 cases in April and 139 cases in March, when the first case was reported.
The state also reported on Tuesday that whatcom district had undergone 76 hospitalizations and performed 30,446 tests, with 2.9% yielding positive results.
Hospital of St. Joseph told Bellingham Herald in Bellingham on Tuesday that she was treating four patients for a new coronavirus. The most important patients of COVID-19 at Bellingham Hospital were 11 on March 31.
Risk assessment data
The latest data from the Risk Assessment Dashboard, released on Tuesday, shows what Whatcom County has achieved two of the five objectives of the Phase 2 metric:
▪ Whatcom lacks a target rate of less than 25 new cases per 100,000 population every 14 days with a rate of 57.7.
▪ Whatcom lacks a target rate of more than 50 individuals tested for each new confirmed case last week with a rate of 46.2.
▪ Whatcom lacks a target of 2% or fewer COVID-19 positive people in the last week at a rate of 2.2%.
▪ Whatcom aims to have less than 80% of all licensed hospital beds occupied by patients who are not members of COVID-19, with 76.5% reported by the state.
▪ Whatcom aims for COVID-19 hospitals to occupy less than 10% of all licensed hospital beds, with the state reporting 1.6%.
USA and Washington
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 16.6 million cases of COVID-19 virus have been confirmed worldwide with more than 658,813 deaths on Tuesday night. The United States has more than 4.34 million confirmed cases – the most frequently reported in any state – and at least 149,180 deaths related to deaths.
On Tuesday evening, the Washington Department of Health reported 54,205 cases (an increase of 884), 1,548 deaths (an increase of 30), and 5,474 coronavirus-related hospitalizations (an increase of 77). Approximately 2.9% of all confirmed cases in the state resulted in death, while 5.7% of the 945,234 tests performed returned positive for COVID-19.
BC outbreak of berries
Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia Dr. Bonnie Henry reported on Monday that 15 workers at the berry processing plant in Abbotsford, BC, tested positive COVID-19 test results.
Henry reportedly reported that Fraser Health launched an investigation into the outbreak on Thursday in the Fraser Valley Packers, confirming the outbreak in a press release.
Fraser Health is inspecting all employees at the Abbotsford facility, which is located near the US-Canada border, and is working on case and contact management, Abbotsford News reported. The plant is also reportedly operating at a reduced capacity.
According to the Fraser Valley Packers website, the company lists Everson sites along Garrison Road, which is involved in the acquisition, production and certification of blueberries; agricultural research on blueberries; and packaging, processing and distribution of blueberries.
State transmission is still growing
The latest nationwide situation report released by the Washington Department of Health on Tuesday showed that COVID-19 transmission continues to grow.
“We are still at high risk of significant growth as the virus continues to spread in Washington,” Health Minister John Wiesman said in a statement. “And as it moves into more vulnerable age groups, I am very concerned that the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise.”
Examples of the last report included:
▪ Estimates show that the reproductive number for COVID-19 transmission remains above one for both western and eastern Washington, which means that each new case of coronavirus is spread to more than one person. While the estimated reproduction number is lower than the week before, the disclosure states that new cases in the state continue to grow.
▪ The return of positive COVID-19 tests is still high in eastern Washington and is on the rise in western Washington. This again reflects the higher spread of the virus and not just the increase in testing.
▪ The recent concentration of new cases in young adults has continued to spread to younger and older age groups. The number of new hospitalizations in most age groups is also reported.
▪ For the first time since March, coronavirus-related deaths appear to be on the rise in western Washington and on the rise in eastern Washington.
“Our actions are important: stay home, keep your distance and wear a face cover,” Weisman said in an issue. “We must all take this responsibility seriously and limit our activities in order to protect the health and safety of our communities.”
On Tuesday, Ruler Jay Inslee extended the break in the districts advancing in Washington’s Safe Start Plan indefinitely.
In the modified version of phase 1, five districts remain, of which 17 districts, including Whatcom – in phase 2 and 17 districts in phase 3.
Phase 2 allows restaurants and taverns to operate at half capacity to occupy tables limited to five, hairdressing and hairdressing salons and hairdressing shops to resume business and retail stores to reopen purchases in a shop with a capacity of 30%. It also allows for other outdoor recreation and meetings with no more than five people outside the home.
Phase 3 allows for the operation of gyms and cinemas with half the capacity and restaurants increase capacity to 75%. At the beginning of July, a ban on sitting in bars in restaurants and inns was added at this stage.