New COVID-19 cases in Chelan, Douglas counties show sharp decline


New COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Chelan and Douglas counties, with the health district’s latest report showing both counties on a path to remain in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

In its weekly thermographic released Wednesday, the Chelan-Douglas Health District said the counties combined to have a rate of 184 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks, down from 223 new cases per 100,000 residents reported last week.

Hospitalizations for the virus, another factor in maintaining Phase 3 status, showed little change, with six Chelan County residents currently hospitalized and none from Douglas County.

Also Wednesday, the Health District reported that 41.6 percent of all Chelan County residents and 34.3 percent of Douglas County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Today, everyone ages 16 or older became eligible to receive the vaccine, so vaccination numbers are likely to show significant growth in next week’s report.

The state will not be reassessing a county’s status for staying in Phase 3 until May 2.