Thurston County Reports 3,713 COVID-19 Cases, Six Deaths


Thurston County experienced a significant spike in COVID-19 cases during the period of Jan. 3 through Jan. 9 as the health department tallied 3,713 new cases, which broke another record for the amount of cases reported in a week since the pandemic began.

The prior week there were 2,126 COVID-19 cases reported between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.

There were six new deaths reported during the week. The deaths included a man in his 50s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s,  two men in their 70s, and a woman in her 90s.

The running total of infections throughout the pandemic in the county landed at 30,351 as of Jan. 9, according to the health department.

The percentage of those infected with COVID-19 who have died decreased to .9% for the county, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Out of the 30,351 total county cases reported by Jan. 9, patients who have recovered or are recovering increased to 24,516, according to the health department.

Since last reported, there were 75 new hospitalizations in Thurston County, according to DOH, making the total number since the start of the pandemic land at 1,691 as of Jan. 9.

Health care workers have administered a total of 471,435 vaccine doses countywide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to DOH.

In neighboring Pierce County, deaths decreased to .5 per 100,000, and new cases have skyrocketed to 841.6 per 100,000 population as reported on the morning of Jan. 9, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The total number of cases in the county reached 131,631 as of Jan. 9, with 1,034 deaths.

In Washington state, as of Jan. 9, there were 978,680 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 114,616 probable cases, a total of 47,807 people have been hospitalized because of the illness, and 10,028 people have died, according to DOH. The statewide rate of those who have died after contracting the virus stands at 1%.

About 12.19 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. The statewide occupancy of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has increased to 25.5%.

Nationwide, as of press deadline, there were 60,340,751 total cases since the start of the pandemic. There were 835,302 confirmed deaths and 79.1% of Americans have at least one of the vaccinations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New cases over the last 30 days have been on a rapid upward trajectory, while new deaths over the last 30 days are also on a steady trend, CDC graphs indicated.


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