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11 Coronavirus Deaths, 746 Cases Reported Saturday

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SEATTLE — The Washington State Department of Health reported 11 more coronavirus-related deaths and 746...

SEATTLE — The Washington State Department of Health reported 11 more coronavirus-related deaths and 746 new cases of the virus Saturday.

Deaths Saturday were reported in Clark, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Walla Walla and Yakima counties.

The latest numbers mean that a total of 1,766 Washington residents have died and 66,885 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed since the pandemic began.

Concerns about protecting the elderly from the recent surge

July’s surge in coronavirus cases was driven largely by infections in younger adults early in the month, which ultimately led to a rise in middle-aged patients later in the surge. Heath officials say case counts appear to be plateauing across Washington, but they warn that more must be done to stop that wave of the virus from spreading from the elderly.

That concern lead to recent changes at the state level, altering regulations for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but some health officials say that younger adults still need to do more to tamp down on the virus and protect the most vulnerable.

Health officials for Pierce County issued a stern warning for 20 and 30 something adults on Saturday:

“Yes, younger folks, you may get COVID-19 and not get symptoms. But if you don’t stay put while you should be isolating, you really will give COVID-19 to your parents, your aunts and uncles and your grandparents. Or someone else’s elders. And they won’t necessarily fare as well as healthier, younger you.”

Health officials also note that, even though younger patients are not normally hit as hard, there have been cases where the disease has been deadly in younger adults and even children.

Plus, the long-term side effects of the disease are still relatively unknown. Earlier this week health officials and Gov. Jay Inslee held a conference to explain that, in some patients, symptoms of nausea, loss of taste and smell persisted for months after the virus passed.

Total coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths by county:

County

Confirmed Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

Adams

494 (+15)

27 (+1)

5

Asotin

39 (+6)

1

2

Benton

3,845 (+30)

327

121

Chelan

1,501 (+19)

53

10

Clallam

152 (+6)

4

0

Clark

1,927 (+30)

183 (+5)

48 (+1)

Columbia

13

3

1

Cowlitz

504

43

5

Douglas

1,011 (+4)

45 (+2)

7

Ferry

22

0

0

Franklin

3,705 (+38)

259

51

Garfield

4

0

0

Grant

1,746 (+70)

101 (+1)

13

Grays Harbor

138 (+6)

15 (+1)

3

Island

250 (+1)

33

12 (-1)

Jefferson

57

10

0

King

17,491 (+183)

2,151 (+15)

688 (-1)

Kitsap

801 (+8)

66 (+1)

7

Kittitas

445 (+19)

20

20

Klickitat

133 (+12)

9

3

Lewis

257 (+16)

28

4

Lincoln

31 (+1)

2 (+1)

0

Mason

257 (+3)

17

1

Okanogan

907 (+4)

33

5

Pacific

57 (+2)

8 (+1)

2

Pend Oreille

48 (+2)

5

0

Pierce

6,094 (+56)

688 (+5)

146

San Juan

30

1

0

Skagit

922 (+6)

86

23 (+1)

Skamania

58

5

1

Snohomish

5,716 (+48)

728 (+4)

203 (+1)

Spokane

4,758 (+35)

335

105 (+4)

Stevens

117 (+3)

12

1

Thurston

781 (+7)

70

11

Wahkiakum

5

0

0

Walla Walla

587 (+6)

43 (+1)

4 (+1)

Whatcom

1,018

79 (-2)

39

Whitman

124 (+4)

2

0

Yakima

10,590 (+67)

736 (-5)

220 (+2)

Unassigned

250 (+33)

2 (-2)

4 (+2)

Total

66,885 (+746)

6,230 (+24)

1,766 (+11)

The above numbers are provided by the state Department of Health, and some numbers differ from the totals provided separately by county health agencies.

This article originally appeared on the Lakewood-JBLM Patch

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