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Peninsula continues to see COVID-19 transmission

Nationwide transmission of COVID-19 is starting to pick up again, although there has been no significant increase in the Northern Olympic Peninsula.

dr. Allison Berry, health official for Clallam and Jefferson counties, said on Monday that the number of cases is still high and poses a risk to the community, even though transmission has not increased significantly.

“We’re still seeing quite a bit of handover and we’re in a risky time,” Berry said during her briefing with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Both provinces on the peninsula remain in the state’s high-risk category, with cases exceeding 75 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.

The counties must have rates lower than that for two weeks before Berry lifts the order stipulating that indoor dining is limited to only vaccinated customers.

According to county public health data, Clallam County had a case rate of 276 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks for the past two weeks.

In Jefferson County, health officials recorded a case rate of 201.93 per 100,000 for the two weeks leading up to Nov. 10. It’s a small increase from when the county had a rate of 181.82 cases per 100,000 for the two weeks prior as of November 3.

Berry urged those gathering for Thanksgiving to vaccinate only family and friends. However, if it’s a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated, she advised people to wear proper face masks and keep their distance from each other.

Those traveling by plane should consider wearing a more expensive facemask, such as a KN95 or an N95, Berry said.

Berry continues to urge all residents ages 5 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as people continue to bring gatherings indoors due to deteriorating weather.

Misinformation about vaccine deaths

A common piece of misinformation being spread is that many people have died from the COVID-19 vaccines, and that’s incorrect, Berry said. Eleven people across the country and less than 20 worldwide have died as a result of a rare complication that causes serious blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Berry said.

More than 750,000 Americans died from COVID-19 on Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Berry also said people won’t know how severely COVID-19 will affect them until it does, and there have been several cases of long-haul hauliers who will survive the initial infection but will have to deal with new heart problems, breathing problems, brain fog and other symptoms. for months afterwards, and some of those health problems are expected to be chronic for the rest of those patients’ lives.

“You don’t know if you’re going to catch a cold or end up in ICU,” Berry said.

According to the latest data from the Department of Health, 81.6 percent of the population age 12 and older in Jefferson County has started vaccinations, of which 77.7 percent are fully vaccinated.

Of the entire population, 75.1 percent has started vaccination and 71.5 percent is fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.

In Clallam County, 75.7 percent of the population age 12 and older has started vaccinations, of which 70.9 percent are fully vaccinated.

Of the total population, 67.2 percent have started vaccinations, and 63 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard.

On Monday, Clallam County added a total of 43 cases from Saturday and Sunday. The county has confirmed a total of 5,122 cases since the start of the pandemic, Berry said.

Jefferson County added four new cases Monday from the weekend. The province has confirmed a total of 1,221 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the province’s public health data.

Neither province reported another death from COVID-19 on Monday. In Clallam County, 68 residents have died from the new coronavirus, while 17 residents in Jefferson County have died.

As of Monday morning, five Jefferson County residents were hospitalized for COVID-19, while four residents in Clallam County were hospitalized.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, extension. 5, or at [email protected]