The fall surge of coronavirus cases has reversed the progress that Washington made this summer, a news release from the Washington State Department of Health revealed Monday.
Western Washington, specifically King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, are “hot zones” for disease transmission, and they are following a troubling nationwide upward trend.
“These increases reflect the impact of our collective decisions and behavior. Each one of us needs to take immediate action to avoid new restrictions and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed,” said Deputy Secretary of Health for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach.
The department expressed concern that transmission will only grow with the upcoming holidays, and it is urging Washingtonians to “take action now to stop the spread.”
Washingtonians can reduce transmission rates by limiting in-person gatherings, wearing face coverings when around people, celebrating the holidays virtually, keeping up with good hygiene habits, and staying home when sick.