IHME projection shows COVID-19 cases rising in Washington under every scenario in the coming months.

IHME projection shows COVID-19 cases rising in Washington under every scenario in the coming months.

COVID-19 cases surge over Christmas weekend in King County

Projections suggest things will get worse before they get better.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations sharply increased over Christmas weekend in King County, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

South King County has the highest rate of COVID-19 with over 10,000 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the dashboard.

Much of this increase can be attributed to the fast-spreading omicron variant, which is now the dominant strain in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases over the last seven days are up 195% compared to the previous week in King County. Hospitalizations are up 58% over the same time period, according to the King County dashboard. There have been 7,789 new COVID-19 cases since Dec. 23, according to the dashboard.

Deaths from COVID-19 have actually decreased in the last 14 days compared to the prior 14 days, according to the COVID-19 dashboard.

University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) projects cases will only continue to rise in Washington for the next couple of months.

The IHME projects that by Feb. 3, 2022, daily infections will reach 38,000 in Washington alone. Under the best-case scenario, if 80% of the population wore masks as recommended, the IHME projects Washington will still reach 27,000 daily infections by Feb. 3, 2022.

Daily deaths are also projected to rise in the coming months, according to the IHME. The current projection suggests daily deaths in Washington will hit 15 by Feb. 22, 2022, unless at least 80% of the population wears masks appropriately.

Vaccines are expected to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths from the omicron variant. But breakthrough cases are likely, according to the CDC. Despite over 80% of King County residents being fully vaccinated, cases are likely to continue to rise.

The best way to stay safe during the rise in omicron cases is to wear a high-quality face mask, limit social gatherings, get vaccinated and test regularly, according to health officials.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

U.S. Department of Justice logo.
Renton man sentenced for killing of woman in Olympic National Forest

Authorities say the he brutally beat to death the California woman who he was having an affair with.

bh4
Federal Way’s Touch-A-Truck event returns

Dozens of vehicles were on display for kids, families to explore on May 14.

Screenshot from ORCA website
New ORCA system launches for regional transit across the Puget Sound

Overhaul includes new website, mobile application and digital business account manager.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
JUDGED BY XII (Episode 4): Foster mom wants accountability in Auburn cop’s upcoming murder trial

Special podcast series explores Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

tsr
Federal Way Mirror 2022 Athletes of the Year contest voting

Vote for your male and female Athletes of the Year!

Diane Renee Erdmann and Bernard Ross Hansen. Photos courtesy of FBI
FBI arrests Auburn couple after 11-day manhunt

The couple was previously convicted for fraud and skipped sentencing on April 29.

tsr
District celebrates new Thomas Jefferson High School

The original school was built in 1968; new campus opened in fall 2021.

FILE PHOTO: King County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Dozens of King County Sheriff’s Office employees left jobs instead of getting vaccinated

This added on to the existing number of vacancies in the department.

tsr
Man fatally shot by King County Sheriff’s deputies identified

Cicero Sanchez, 31, was shot in Federal Way on May 4.

Most Read