The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties soared to a record-breaking high in the health district’s latest report today.
The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported that the rate of new infections is at 1,311.9 per 100,000 population over the past two weeks.
That’s up from 784.4 new cases per 100,000 residents reported just last week.
As recently as Dec. 20, the rate was 214.7 new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks, an indicator the omicron variant of the virus is spreading rapidly through the two counties.
The previous record high for the two counties was Aug. 30 at 1,074.5 new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks. The only time the rate had topped 1,000 prior to that was in December 2020.
Confluence Health reported Monday that 24 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, seven being cared for in Central Washington Hospital’s intensive care unit.
In the past week, the number of fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 at the hospital has exceeded the number of people not fully vaccinated. Prior to omicron, unvaccinated had accounted for the vast majority of local hospitalizations.
Fourteen of the current patients at the hospital are fully vaccinated and four of the seven people in the ICU are listed as fully vaccinated.
Hospital officials have said that is not an indicator vaccines are not working, but many of the fully vaccinated patients with COVID-19 came to the hospital for other issues, then tested positive for the virus.
Of the hospitalized, eight are from Chelan County; five from Douglas County; four from Grant County; and one each from Okanogan, Adams, Ferry and Stevens counties.