Mike Stucka | USA TODAY NETWORK
New coronavirus cases increased 3.6% in Washington state in the week ending Sunday as the state added 9,917 cases. The previous week had 9,577 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Washington state ranked 40th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 9.6% from the week before, with 913,491 cases reported. With 2.29% of the country’s population, Washington had 1.09% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 22 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Kitsap County reported 270 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 281 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 18,910 cases and 262 deaths.
Mason County reported 133 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 109 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 6,752 cases and 88 deaths.
Within Washington state, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Ferry County with 341 cases per 100,000 per week; Columbia County with 251; and Grays Harbor County with 244. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were King County, with 2,859 cases; Pierce County, with 1,531 cases; and Snohomish County, with 1,001. Weekly case counts rose in 13 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in King, Pierce and Cowlitz counties.
Washington state ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 74.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 72.8%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Washington state reported administering another 306,813 vaccine doses, including 50,481 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 897,324 vaccine doses, including 197,179 first doses. In all, Washington state reported it has administered 12,197,481 total doses.
Across Washington state, cases fell in 25 counties, with the best declines in Spokane County, with 546 cases from 694 a week earlier; in Snohomish County, with 1,001 cases from 1,140; and in Whatcom County, with 320 cases from 422.
In Washington, 120 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 141 people were reported dead.
A total of 800,329 people in Washington have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 9,674 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 50,846,828 people have tested positive and 806,439 people have died.
Washington’s COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Dec. 19.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 1,922
- The week before that: 1,764
- Four weeks ago: 1,812
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 92,085
- The week before that: 91,676
- Four weeks ago: 75,048
Hospitals in 28 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 30 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 23 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.