COVID cases reach 563, free testing moves to Elma Fairgrounds next week

  • Fri Oct 9th, 2020 3:30pm
  • News

Grays Harbor Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the county’s total to 563.

There have been 30 cases reported since Monday. Six cases have been attributed to the month of October; the total for September stands at 255.

One new death was reported Monday, bringing the county’s total to 11.

The rate of newly diagnosed cases over the previous two weeks, an important metric when considering things like schools returning to onsite learning, as of Wednesday stood at 183.4. The state goal is 25 per 100,000; the most current data has the statewide rate per 100,000 population at 80.9. Grays Harbor’s rate is the highest west of the Cascades, with Lewis County second highest at 132.1. Grays Harbor’s rate per 100,000 is the sixth highest in the state — the highest by far is Whitman County at 496.7.

Of the total cases, 221 are attributed to Hispanics, who make up 10% of the county population. Friday’s numbers showed 285 white, 21 American Indian, 11 “unknown,” nine biracial, eight Asian and five black among the positive cases.

Cases in the county are split 289 female and 274 male. The 20-39 age group accounts for the most cases, 208, with the 40-59 age group second most at 155.

Free testing continues at the Aberdeen High School student parking lot Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The National Guard testing site moves to the Elma Fairgrounds parking lot next week, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 1-7 p.m. Wednesday. More dates are expected to be announced soon.