COVID-19 hospitalizations, test positivity increases in Whitman County

Cases decrease, hospitalizations increase

SHANA HUANG, Evergreen Reporter

In the past seven days, Whitman County reported 34 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, according to the Whitman County Public Health website.

Based on cases and hospitalizations, the COVID-19 community level in Whitman County is low, according to the New York Times’ COVID-19 tracker.

However, the county’s test positivity rate is high, with an average of 7% as of Saturday according to the COVID-19 tracker.

On average, three cases of COVID-19 were reported per day in Whitman County as of Sunday, which is a 37% decrease from the average two weeks ago, according to the COVID-19 tracker.

Hospitalizations have also increased 44% in the last two weeks, with an average of 42 hospitalizations per day as of Oct. 1, according to the COVID-19 tracker. This comes after a drop in the average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients from Sept. 9-15.

About 49% of Whitman County residents of all ages are fully vaccinated and 87% of residents ages 65 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the COVID-19 tracker.

Of the county’s population, 26% of residents of all ages and 67% of those ages 65 and above are fully vaccinated with a booster shot, according to the COVID-19 tracker.

From Sept. 6 to Oct. 2, the daily average number of deaths remains at zero.