WASHINGTON — As of the latest update from the Washington State Department of Health, Washington has had 90,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.
The DOH’s update Monday afternoon added 402 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, for a total of 90,276 infected and 2,158 dead due to the pandemic thus far.
Deaths were reported in Grant, King, Lewis, Mason, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom, and Yakima counties.
The new numbers mean that, across the state, 78 out of every 100,000 Washingtonians have tested positive for the virus over the past two weeks. The state still has a long way to meet its goal of getting that rate to under 25 per 100,000 over two weeks.
Meanwhile, 1,951,407 coronavirus tests have been performed in Washington state. Over the past week, 3.3 percent of tests have come back positive, up from the same time last week. The state’s goal there is to test widely enough that that number falls below 2 percent.
The state is, however, succeeding on two of its key metrics: less than 80 percent of hospital beds are occupied, and less than 10 percent of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
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Inslee: Trumps’ coronavirus message “reckless” and “dangerous”
President Trump’s recent stint in the hospital for coronavirus treatment, and his subsequent recovery and return to the White House Monday evening have Republicans and the Trump Administration running a victory lap, and claiming that response to the pandemic has been overblown— a message that health officials categorically deny.
Monday Washington Gov. Jay Inslee weighed in, condemning Trump’s continued attempts to downplay the severity of the pandemic:
“The president’s reckless comments reflect exactly the same nonsense thinking behind his failed pandemic response that increased the risk of COVID, a virus that has caused 210,000 deaths in the United States already — and hundreds more each day. He hasn’t learned a thing. Since he tested positive for COVID, more than 2,000 additional Americans have died and downplaying this danger is the best he can do?”
Inslee’s statement was echoed by a similar release from Washington’s top health official, Secretary of Health John Wiesman:
“The president’s tweet is highly irresponsible and makes every public health official’s job that much more difficult. COVID-19 is a serious disease that is easily spread. We shouldn’t fear it; we should protect ourselves from it. Wear your mask. Watch your distance. Wash your hands. These are the basic facts.”
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UW Medicine Studies COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects
UW Medicine is helping to lead a nationwide study to discover more about the long-term impacts of the coronavirus, specifically why some patients experience extremely prolonged symptoms.
Over recent months there have been a growing number of reports of patients who have recovered from the virus, only to return to the hospital later with similar symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath.
“We want to understand the long-term effects of