There are reports of at least four current school outbreaks in Snohomish County.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Washington – Rooms are not good.
In Snohomish County, coronavirus cases have been reported in every district and in every age group, including school children.
At least four school outbreaks are currently reported across the country.
Fifty cases were reported at the Monroe Long-Term Care Center.
Pierce County has the highest infection rate in our area – 132 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Snogomish County with 121.
This is a 20% increase over last week.
King County is still 4 times the target maximum rate of 25 cases per 100,000 people.
Health officials say the numbers remain so high because while 90% of us wear masks in public, only half do so with family or friends at home.
“The new battlefield is in our homes,” Governor Jay Insley said Tuesday. “We have to disguise ourselves, no matter what.”
The numbers are creeping to the top of the pandemic nearly eight months ago, raising questions about another potential halt.
“You have to remember that at this rate the last time we closed society,” Spitters said. “We don’t want to resort to this. The consequences are not benign.”
“If there is a new set of restrictions, it will be focused on specific activities rather than broad brushes, as it was the first time,” said Snogomish County Executive Director Dave Somers.
Adding to the concern is the opinion that hospitals in neighboring Idaho may soon be overwhelmed with cases of coronavirus, probably needing to send their patients to Washington and Oregon.
The governor of Idaho has not yet issued a mandate for a mask.
“I wish them well,” Insley said. “But I certainly want to help us by wearing masks.”
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A long winter appears on the horizon.
Inslee is also announcing a partnership with other Western countries to independently test each vaccine available on the market to make sure it is truly safe.
Inslee says the process could only take a few days after official FDA approval.
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Even with the vaccine, however, Spitters says there will be another 9 to 12 months of wearing a mask and social distancing before we can say the coronavirus is behind us.
“Discipline, patience and commitment to the community are critical at this time and for a long time to come,” he said.