Washington State Passes 22,000 Cases of COVID-19


The Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 180 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.

State-wide totals are now 22,157 cases and 1,129 deaths, compared to 21,977 cases and 1,124 deaths on Monday.

King’s County continues to have the highest number in Washington, with 8,177 cases and 570 deaths. Snohomish County has 2,987 cases and 562 deaths, while Yakima County has 3,817 cases and 316 deaths. Pierce County reported a total of 1,967 cases and 75 deaths on Tuesday.

Washington’s least populated county, Garfield, remains the only one without a case. Seven other counties report fewer than 10 cases each.

There are 27 cases to which no county has been assigned.

Twenty-eight people with confirmed COVID-19 cases were admitted to Washington State hospitals on May 25, the most recent date with complete data. On March 23, 88 admissions were recorded, the highest number to date during the pandemic.

The total number of people hospitalized in Washington State for a confirmed case of COVID-19 was 3,543 on Tuesday.

Washington State performed 368,799 tests, of which 6% returned positive. The test numbers reflect only the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are administered to patients when the virus is probably still active in the body.

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Lauren Smith covers the Seattle Mariners for The News Tribune. She previously covered high school sports at TNT and The Olympian, starting in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Emerald Ridge High School.

Lauren Kirschman is the drummer for the UW Huskies for The News Tribune. She previously covered the Pittsburgh Steelers for PennLive.com. A native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she also covered university athletics for the Beaver County Times from 2012 to 2016.


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