COVID-19 cases show decline in Chelan and Douglas counties but remain high

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Though the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties remains high, the numbers did show a decline this week but at the same time hospitalizations from the virus are rising.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District said Thursday the rate of new cases is at 608 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. That’s down from 702 new cases per 100,000 reported last week.

Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital rose sharply.

A week ago there were 33 COVID-19 patients at the hospital but by this week the number had grown to 46. Twelve of those patients are in the intensive care unit, double the six reported last week.

There are currently 23 Chelan County residents hospitalized with the virus; 9 from Douglas County; and 10 from Grant County. The remainder are two from Okanogan County and one each from Yakima and Spokane counties.

Of the 46 COVID-19 patients at CWH, Confluence Health says 32 are not fully vaccinated and 14 fully vaccinated. Of the 12 patients in ICU, 10 are not fully vaccinated and two are fully vaccinated.