The newest surge of COVID-19 cases might be the dangerous one so far, leading to record highs for hospitalizations. In Washington the numberof hospitalized COVID-19 patients is about to become higher than it has every been. ”That is the problem is it’s gone up,” declared Dr. Scott Lindquist, the state Health Officer “We’re seeing some preliminary data that it may not be going up as fast as it has been, but certainly no end in sight.”
Several large counties of the state deal with COVID-19 outbreaks and doctors say there is a small hope to see the curve flattening soon. “December around the holidays was the biggest peak we ever saw, except we’re going to surpass that. And we anticipate that by Monday we will have surpassed that. That the case rate will be the all-time high for us here in Pierce County,” added the director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Dr. Anthony Chen.
Health officials and health care workers encourage the population to get vaccinated as numbers continue to rise. Most counties have around half of their population vaccinated. In Pierce County the vaccination rate is at 45%, Snohomish has a 55% vaccination rate, while in King County, 65% of the population is fully vaccinated.
“We have the most numbers of COVID patients in our state in hospitals right now than we have ever had in the past. I’ll tell you, people in health care are absolutely pleading at this point that people get their vaccinations,” declared RN Harborview Administrator Mark Taylor.
As COVID-19 cases continue to multiply, the United States is preparing to provide a third booster shot for those who are already vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna. The additional dose will boost the immune system, protecting it against the severe forms of the virus.