Mike Stucka USA TODAY NETWORK | Kitsap Sun
New coronavirus cases leaped in Washington state in the week ending Sunday, rising 114.3% as 10,795 cases were reported. The previous week had 5,037 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Washington state ranked fifth 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 20.8% from the week before, with 238,885 cases reported. With 2.29% of the country’s population, Washington had 4.52% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 34 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Washington state on April 8 announced it was still clearing backlogged cases, hospitalizations and deaths. This will skew week-to-week comparisons, making them inaccurate.
Kitsap County reported 156 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 141 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 39,373 cases and 334 deaths.
Mason County reported 28 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 46 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 12,310 cases and 140 deaths.
Within Washington state, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in King County with 248 cases per 100,000 per week; Snohomish County with 222; and Walla Walla County with 123. 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 5,581 cases; Snohomish County, with 1,823 cases; and Pierce County, with 1,044. Weekly case counts rose in 20 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.
Washington state ranked 17th among states in the share of people receiving at least one shot, with 80.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.2%, 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 105,802 vaccine doses, including 9,224 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 45,456 vaccine doses, including 7,631 first doses. In all, Washington state reported it has administered 14,176,483 total doses.
Across Washington state, cases fell in 15 counties, with the best declines in Franklin County, with 26 cases from 70 a week earlier; in Kittitas County, with 33 cases from 57; and in Grant County, with 31 cases from 53.
In Washington state, 56 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 78 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,467,059 people in Washington have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 12,566 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 80,396,250 people have tested positive and 985,504 people have died.
Washington state’s COVID-19 hospital admissions falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, April 10.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 1,587
- The week before that: 1,685
- Four weeks ago: 1,767
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 38,444
- The week before that: 37,242
- Four weeks ago: 48,172
Hospitals in 19 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 16 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 26 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.