Washington’s vaccine rollout has introduced hope to many, however it’s additionally led some to let down their guard. Now instances are rising in King County.
SEATTLE — Amid excellent news about Washington’s vaccine rollout, there are issues a couple of surge in instances 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 instances. Officers are warning of a “fourth wave” as extra folks start to journey.
Domestically, King County Public Well being Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin mentioned final week the county noticed 250 new reported instances – a 26% enhance 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 instances have been spiking within the county because the week of March 23.
“This week’s forecast exhibits growing storm clouds on the horizon,” he mentioned.
“We will not predict how massive the surge will likely be or how lengthy it’ll final or precisely how a lot injury it’ll trigger. However we have to be ready for additional will increase in instances and hospitalizations over the approaching weeks,” Dr. Duchin mentioned.
He mentioned whereas folks look forward to the vaccine they need to proceed to play it protected.
“Many instances, as much as 50% unfold from folks 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 know that this illness is alive and nicely in our group,” he mentioned.
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 turn into eligible for the vaccine on April 15.