IHME projection shows COVID-19 cases rising in Washington under every scenario in the coming months.

IHME projection shows COVID-19 cases rising in Washington under every scenario in the coming months.

COVID-19 cases surge over Christmas weekend in King County

Projections suggest things will get worse before they get better.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations sharply increased over Christmas weekend in King County, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

South King County has the highest rate of COVID-19 with over 10,000 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the dashboard.

Much of this increase can be attributed to the fast-spreading omicron variant, which is now the dominant strain in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases over the last seven days are up 195% compared to the previous week in King County. Hospitalizations are up 58% over the same time period, according to the King County dashboard. There have been 7,789 new COVID-19 cases since Dec. 23, according to the dashboard.

Deaths from COVID-19 have actually decreased in the last 14 days compared to the prior 14 days, according to the COVID-19 dashboard.

University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) projects cases will only continue to rise in Washington for the next couple of months.

The IHME projects that by Feb. 3, 2022, daily infections will reach 38,000 in Washington alone. Under the best-case scenario, if 80% of the population wore masks as recommended, the IHME projects Washington will still reach 27,000 daily infections by Feb. 3, 2022.

Daily deaths are also projected to rise in the coming months, according to the IHME. The current projection suggests daily deaths in Washington will hit 15 by Feb. 22, 2022, unless at least 80% of the population wears masks appropriately.

Vaccines are expected to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths from the omicron variant. But breakthrough cases are likely, according to the CDC. Despite over 80% of King County residents being fully vaccinated, cases are likely to continue to rise.

The best way to stay safe during the rise in omicron cases is to wear a high-quality face mask, limit social gatherings, get vaccinated and test regularly, according to health officials.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Passenger turns out to be driver in crash that killed Kent woman

State Patrol reportedly determines new information in June 2 multivehicle collision in Seattle

t
Civil suit against Kent School District, board moves forward

Efforts continue to end resolution that excludes one board member from all labor contract talks

t
Firefighters put on special suits to stop chlorine gas leak in Kent

Leak stopped Wednesday, June 12 from tanks at city well on East Hill; nobody injured

Kentridge High School. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District
Weapon found Wednesday, June 12 at Kentridge High School

Campus put in lockdown during incident; principal says no direct threat to students or staff

t
Free summer meals to start June 24 in Kent School District

Meals available for children 18 and under at select schools, apartments, parks and community centers

Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. FILE PHOTO
Man faces assault charge after attack at Kent auto repair shop

Dispute over lack of payment for repairs reportedly led to man punching, kicking employee in head

t
Kent Police Blotter: May 28 to June 10

Incidents include robberies at Walgreens, 7-Eleven; assaults, shots fired

t
Kent School District’s Class of 2024 high school graduates | Photos

Kent-Meridian, Kentlake, Kentridge, Kentwood, Kent Laboratory Academy graduated last weekend

Renton Police respond June 5 to a fatal shooting outside the Big 5 Sporting Goods store on South Grady Way. COURTESY PHOTO, Renton Police
Man charged in killing of Kent teen outside Renton sporting goods store

Off-duty security officer reportedly fired at least seven shots at Kent-Meridian High student

t
King County’s MLK distinguished service award goes to Kent’s Shamso Issak

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove selects Living Well Kent director for the honor

t
Renton man sentenced for 2021 murder in Kent parking lot

Receives 30-year sentence for shooting Avery Wilcox Jr.

Courtesy Photo, Kent School District
Kent School District receives clean state audit for 2022-2023

District in compliance with financial statements and activities, according to state auditor