SEATTLE – If it seems like more people in your immediate circle are getting COVID-19you would be right.
Clallam and San Juan counties have been rated as ‘high risk’ for getting COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control. King, Snohomish and Jefferson counties have moved into the ‘medium risk’ category.
“We’re seeing an average of 1,000 cases of COVID a day in King County, so that’s why you’re seeing more people around you getting infected,” said King County Interim Health Director Dennis Worsham. “Remember, it’s much lower than the 5,000 cases a day we saw during omicron rise in January. “
King and Snohomish counties moved to ‘medium risk’ after crossing the threshold of 200 cases per year. 100,000 people. King County has a seven-day average of 200 cases per year. 100,000, and Snohomish County has an average of 218.
San Juan County has just moved to ‘high risk’ with 444 cases per year. 100,000, and Clallam County is considered high-risk with its hospitalization rates. Jefferson County is considered a medium risk because of its hospitalization rate.
Not included in the CDC case count are individuals who tested positive with a home COVID test and did not report their results to health officials.
“We definitely recommend people wear masks whether you are vaccinated or not if you are near others in an indoor setting,” Worsham said.
He said the current variation of COVID is a subgroup of omicron and January rise may have helped immunity.
“Because we had such a high exposure in our first round, we see a natural immunity that definitely plays a factor in fewer diseases this time around,” Worsham said.
He said King County has an initial vaccination rate of over 80%, but the booster rate is at 60% – and he says it should be higher.
“The good thing is, I think we’re starting to reach the plateau from this current rise,” he said.