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Snohomish County COVID-19 cases still dropping but transmission remains high

The number of COVID-19 cases in Snohomish County continues to drop, but transmission remains high, and the healthcare system continues to be under siege. The 14-day COVID case rate has dropped from roughly 400 to 305 new cases per 100,000 as of October 9, 2021.
Rolling two-week Snohomish County COVID-19 case rates as of October 9, 2021. Image courtesy of Snohomish County.

From an October 12, 2021, Snohomish County press release.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Snohomish County continues to drop, but transmission remains high, and the healthcare system continues to be under siege, a virtual press conference was told Tuesday.

The 14-day COVID case rate has dropped from roughly 400 to 305 new cases per 100,000, said Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer with the Snohomish Health District.

“The trajectory is great,” Dr. Spitters said. “Let's hope it sustained. Let's all do everything we can to continue it, but to also keep in mind that we're still at a very high level of transmission and that all of the common-sense prevention measures – especially masking and social distancing – are still indicated.”

Even though the number of patients hospitalized for treatment of COVID has declined by roughly a third compared to recent weeks, the healthcare system remains “under siege,” he said.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers briefed reporters on his plan for helping the community recover from the pandemic. It was approved by the County Council last week,

The recovery effort is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The county received about $80 million this year and anticipates similar support in 2022.

Executive Somers detailed how the money will be spent to support economic recovery while also addressing public health challenges, improving access to affordable childcare, and ensuring people are fed and have shelter.

“All of these investments really are going to help those in need and are intended to ensure we are doing all we can to help our community recover from the pandemic,” Executive Somers said.

He went on to say, “A lot of businesses and families have suffered through this, and we’ve got a lot of work to do to recover and gain some stability in our communities.”

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