Washington State reports 12,494 COVID-19 cases, 692 deaths


The Washington State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 212 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths.

The total number of cases statewide has reached 12,494, while the state’s death count is now 692, up from 12,282 cases and 682 deaths on Tuesday.

King’s County continues to be the hardest hit, with 5,427 cases and 379 deaths, while Snohomish County has 2,188 cases and 100 deaths, and Pierce County has 1,236 cases and 40 deaths.

Of the 39 counties in the state, all except Garfield County have reported cases, with Benton (348), Clark (284), Franklin (212), Grant (144), Island (160), King (5,427) , Kitsap (140), Pierce (1236), Skagit (271), Snohomish (2188), Spokane (317), Whatcom (280) and Yakima (851) have all reported more than 100 cases.

Nineteen counties have reported at least one death related to the virus. All but four of these counties have reported multiple deaths, with Benton (35), Clark (15), King (379), Pierce (40), Snohomish (100), Spokane (19), Whatcom (27) and Yakima ( 39) all reporting more than 10.

There are 133 cases that have not been assigned to a county.

There have been 147,953 people tested in Washington, with 8.4% positive cases.

Preliminary data released by DOH on Tuesday suggests that 24.7% of COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized, most of them aged 40 or older, although the department says the results are incomplete.

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