Grays Harbor COVID cases near 1,700, active cases at 313

Another 21 COVID-19 cases were reported in Grays Harbor County Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,697 so far during the pandemic.

Since Dec. 17, 87 positive tests have been reported by public health. The number of active cases — those under isolation or quarantine — has dropped from 365 Dec. 20 to 313 Dec. 22.

The total case count for December rose to 417, nearing November’s total of 470. The number of men who have tested positive as of Wednesday is 944, compared to 706 women, with 47 listed as having an unknown gender. The cases include some from an outbreak at the Stafford Creek Correctional Facility. A Dec. 22 report from the state Department of Corrections stated the number of Stafford Creek prisoners who have tested positive has climbed to 607. Nearly all of them have come this month.

More than half of the 1,100 of the total cases so far have been individuals in the 20-59-year-old age range.

The transmission type over the week of Dec. 6-12, the most current data provided by public health, has transmission by unknown source or location at 25%. Contact transmission, which a source or location can be pinpointed, is just over 72%.

According to the state coronavirus dashboard, as of Dec. 21, Grays Harbor County’s rate per 100,000 population of newly diagnosed confirmed and probable cases over two weeks was at 596. The state rate was 506.6. According to the dashboard, the average daily COVID-19 molecular testing rate per 100,000 over the previous week was 162.4, with 20.5% of those coming back positive.

Public health stated it will not provide another update until Dec. 28. Transmission type graphs and zip code maps will not be updated again until Dec. 31.

Pacific County

In Pacific County, public health reported four new COVID cases Dec. 21, bringing the county total to 549, with 38 active cases being monitored by public health. The case rate per 100,000 population over two weeks in the county as of Dec. 21 was 305. Active cases are spread throughout the county, according to public health.