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Skagit County Ranks 4th Highest in WA State for Positive Coronavirus Cases

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Skagit County, WA– Washington State COVID-19 cases as of 3:00 p.m. on  March 20th, 2020 are now at 1,524 cases statewide, with 83 reported deaths.  Skagit County currently ranks fourth in the State with 26 cases, according to the Skagit County Department of Health website.

Piece County has the third-most cases in the state, with 83 confirmed cases and 1 death. Snohomish County has the second-most cases in the state with 385 confirmed cases and 8 deaths. King County has the highest number of cases in Washington State with 793 confirmed cases and 67 reported deaths.  Island County currently has 19 confirmed cases and 1 reported death, Kitsap County has 12 confirmed cases and zero deaths reported. Spokane County has 11 cases, Whatcom County has 10 cases, including 1 reported death.  Yakima County has 10 cases and zero reported deaths.  Grant County has 8 confirmed cases and 1 reported death. Clark County has 6 reported cases and 3 deaths. Thurston County has 6 reported cases and zero deaths. All other counties in Washington have fewer than 5 cases.

There are an additional 133 positive cases that  have not been assigned a county.  There have been 21,719 individuals tested who have came back negative (93%), and a total of 1,524 positive tests (7%) according to the Department of Health.

16% of the cases are in patients 80 years old and older and the death rate in this age group is 60%.

16% of the cases are in patients 70-79 years old and the death rate in this age group is 23%.

16% of the cases are in patients 50-59 years old and the death rate in this age group is 4%.

13% of the cases are in patients 40-49 years old and the death rate in this age group is 2%.

13% of the cases are in patients 30-39 years old with no reported deaths in Washington State.

8% of the cases are in patients 20-29 years old with no reported deaths in Washington State.

2% of the cases are in patients newborn- 19 years old with no reported deaths in Washington State.

51% of the cases are in females who were born females at birth, and they represent 56% of the deaths.

46% of the cases are in males who were born males at birth, and they represent 35% of the deaths.

Unknown male/female account for 3% of the cases and they represent 10% of the deaths.

Note on the county and unassigned data: This data changes rapidly as labs conduct tests and discover new cases. Labs assign those cases to a county. Counties or the Department of Health then determine the appropriate county of jurisdiction. Those don’t always match initially. The Department of Health is  working to reduce the “unassigned” number to 0. Contact the local health department for county specific information.

Note on the deaths: Some deaths may be reported by health care providers, medical examiners/coroners, local health departments, or others before they are included in the statewide count. It takes longer for the state to announce deaths because they are often reported first to the local health department and then to the Department of Health.

Note on the number of infections: Public health experts agree that the true number of people who have been infected with COVID-19 in Washington greatly exceeds the number of COVID-19 infections that have been laboratory-confirmed. It is very difficult to know exactly how many people in Washington have been infected to date since most people with COVID-19 experience mild illness and the ability to get tested is still not widely available.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider. ]

For More information visit the Department of Health Website.

 

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Chris Nelson
I'm a long time Skagit County Resident. I believe in doing the right thing and helping others when you can.

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