Cowlitz County recorded 111 new confirmed cases on Friday, bringing the total to 8,375 confirmed cases and 951 probable cases. The county has recorded 119 deaths from COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, 50.8% of Cowlitz County residents had started vaccination and 45.8% were fully vaccinated. Statewide, 60.1% of people started the vaccination and 54.6% were fully vaccinated on Wednesday.
“Our community continues to have one of the highest unvaccinated rates in Washington state, and we are seeing undeniable results,” Montanye said. “The OHSU and UW COVID-19 forecast models, which have been very accurate so far, continue to show that we are not yet at the peak of this current wave.”
PeaceHealth expects the number of COVID patients to peak in St. John and Southwest in Vancouver around September 4 before leveling off and then slowly declining.
As of Tuesday, about 18% of the 257 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at the 10 PeaceHealth hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska were fully vaccinated, according to the organization.
As Cowlitz County’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate hit a new high this week, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center braces for a continued increase …
Cowlitz County Health and Human Services on Friday urged residents to consider the risks of holding rallies and in-person events.
“Any gathering is risky right now,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Given the high level of viral activity in the community, it is possible that someone infected with COVID-19 will attend.”