Chelan, Douglas counties show drop in new COVID-19 cases

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New COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties have sharply declined in the past two weeks.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported this morning that the rate of new cases was at 346 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks.

That’s down from the 532 new cases per 100,000 residents reported Nov. 15.

The rate of new cases had been mostly slowly declining since peaking for several weeks in late August at more than 1,000 cases per 100,000.

Patients at Central Washington Hospital being treated for COVID-19 were at 31 as of Tuesday evening.

That’s up from 23 a week ago.

Nine of the current patients are in the hospital’s intensive care unit, all listed as not fully vaccinated.

Of the 31 patients in the hospital, Confluence Health lists 25 as not fully vaccinated.

The hospital defines not fully vaccinated as anyone who has not received both initial doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Booster shots are not included in the definition.