The coronavirus curve is flattening across Washington: report

Aug 17 2020, 3:06 pm

The number of COVID-19 cases in most counties across the state appears to be decreasing.

According to a recent report from the Washington State Department of Health, coronavirus case counts are plateauing or declining across age groups in King and Yakima counties.

The reproductive number, or estimated number of new people that each coronavirus patient will infect, is hovering around one. If the reproductive number declines well below one, it would indicate that the people getting the virus would be declining.

“While this is encouraging news and a sign of our collective efforts, we must not let our guard down,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Plateauing is not enough to keep this pandemic under control; we must transition to a state of sustained decline in new cases. It remains critical that we continue to stay home when possible, keep interactions with others brief and wear face coverings.”

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