County Registers Lowest Number of Weekly Cases Since Start of Pandemic

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services recorded just four new cases of COVID-19 the week of May 11 to May 17, the smallest weekly increase since just after the county reported its first case of the virus on March 11.

As of Tuesday morning, May 19, the county had also gone three days without a newly-confirmed case. The current total number of cases in the county stood at 127 individuals, many of whom have made recoveries from the disease.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday morning said Thurston County has been added to the list of counties eligible to apply to move to Phase 2 of his plan for reopening the state’s economy.

Thurston County Eligible to Reopen Segments of Economy Ahead of Statewide Schedule

The latest individual to test positive for COVID-19, the virus caused by the novel coronavirus, was a man in his 70s. A man in his 80s has been the only county resident to die thus far.

Approximately 7,190 tests have been conducted in Thurston County as of data posted May 16, with a positive-test percentage of 2 percent, which is more than three times smaller than the state’s percentage.

Here are some additional numbers relating the coronavirus situation statewide and nationally:

• Washington state has recorded approximately 18,611 cases and 1,002 total deaths, as of late Sunday, May 17. More than 289,000 tests have been administered to Washingtonians, and the percent of positive cases is at about 6.4 percent. Most cases have been recorded around Snohomish, King, Pierce counties and, in recent weeks, Yakima County.

• Positive cases of COVID-19 surpassed 1 million last week and now stand at a total 1,480,349. There have been approximately 89,407 coronavirus-related deaths, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported as of Monday, May 18.

In a May 12 letter to the community, Acting Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu highlighted the importance of continued use of face masks and social distancing measures. She also discussed the current conditions of those who have recovered from the disease.

“The majority have been released from isolation and the hospital and are at the home recovering or recovered,” she wrote. “Some will continue to have health impacts as a result of this disease. There is still so much to learn about COVID-19.

“Our number of cases are not huge, compared to other communities around the state, the country and the world. However, the impact of this pandemic is felt in most of our lives, whether at home, at work, or in our ability to recreate and enjoy our community.”

Yu also said that those individuals with a cough or shortness of breath, plus two of the following symptoms — fever, headache, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell or muscle ache — should get a test. Individuals with these symptoms should contact their health care provider first, but people without a regular health care provider can contact SEAMAR Clinic or Valley View Clinic.

“Within our community, we are testing a total of about 900 symptomatic people a week, with a positive rate of 2 percent,” Yu wrote. “Remember to stay isolated at home until you get your results back.”

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