SPOKANE – The number of COVID-19 cases is rising in Washington.
The nationwide average of cases over the past seven days is 228 per. 100,000 people, which puts Washington in the state Department of Health’s highest risk category for the spread of COVID-19, The Spokesman-Review said Saturday.
Epidemiological curves show that the number is still rising, the newspaper reported.
Governor Jay Inslee said Wednesday that the best projections from health officials show there is likely to be a plateau in the relatively near future.
The latest nationwide data, complete through the week of May 11, shows that the average percentage in the last week of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is still at one of the lowest points in the pandemic, at around 6 percent. But it is rising. At its peak in January, that figure was nearly 32 percent.
Inslee on Friday issued an updated guide to vaccine requirements for government employees, abolishing the requirement for outdoor volunteers and contractors whose work does not involve the provision of health care. These may include landscape gardeners, wild firefighters and construction workers.
The vaccine requirement for all other government employees remains in effect, and Inslee said Wednesday he would not lift it for the time being.