76,000 Washingtonians could be infected with COVID-19 by Thanksgiving

Nov 18 2020, 9:35 pm

With 2,589 COVID-19 cases announced on Tuesday, Washington State saw its largest increase of daily cases.

Mike Famulare, Principal Research Scientist at the Institute for Disease Modeling, explained that the spike in cases and rising hospitalizations in Washington are due to increased community spread.

He shared graphs visualizing that the steady increase of case numbers roughly reached the previous March peak as of November 6 and will hit 1% community infection by Thanksgiving if action isn’t taken. That would amount to 76 thousand people having the virus, as he estimates that between 25 to 40 thousand asymptomatic cases will bring the virus with them to dinner.

Famulare explained that it’s time to make changes again, and eliminate social gatherings.

Governor Jay Inslee joined the conversation as well, reminding the public that hospitals can quickly become overwhelmed. He added that successfully flattening the curve will keep people out of the hospital and save lives.

To manage COVID-19 transmission rates, Washington State has once again halted indoor restaurant and bar services, is limiting religious services, and has capped in-store retail, grocery stores, and personal services to 25% occupancy.

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