New COVID-19 cases in Chelan, Douglas counties remain high but they’re on the decline


The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties fell for the third-straight week in this week’s health district report.

The rate of new cases was reported today in the Chelan-Douglas Health District’s “thermographic” at 865 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks.

That’s down from 984 new cases per 100,000 residents reported last week. The two weeks prior to that, more than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 residents were reported.

Though still high, the new case numbers have been falling after almost two months of increasing cases.

Hospitalizations remain high, with 55 COVID-19 patients currently being treated at Central Washington Hospital, with 13 of those patients in the intensive care unit.

Confluence Health said 47 of the 55 hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, the health district reported two new COVID-19-related deaths.

Both of the latest deaths were men, one in his 70s and one in his 50s. Neither of the men had received a COVID-19 vaccine, the health district said.