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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 16, 2021
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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The community is urged to remember that COVID-19 is not gone.
Though many pre-pandemic activities have resumed, there still are cases and outbreaks reported regularly.
Cases of COVID-19 are climbing again here, as they are in many parts of the country. The rolling two-week case rate increased from 70 to 80 cases per 100,000 population between the period ending July 3 and the period ending July 10. Looking at weekly rather than two-week counts, there are indications that the case rate is likely to increase again. For the week of July 4-10, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, a 36% increase from the previous week.
“COVID still is spreading in Snohomish County and elsewhere,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District. “If we want to keep ourselves and others around us healthy, we need to maintain many of the prevention measures that we’ve been emphasizing for well over a year now.”
Vaccination is the most effective tool we have against the virus, and vaccine is readily available at no cost to those who have not yet taken their shot.
To help reverse course on increasing case rates, people are encouraged to:
Starting in March 2020, regular virtual media briefings were hosted to provide updates on the response to COVID-19 in Snohomish County. The last of those scheduled briefings was held on Tuesday. Moving forward, these virtual press conferences are not scheduled weekly, but may be held on an as-needed basis.
A video looking back at the COVID-19 response in Snohomish County to date, including clips from media briefings over the last year and half, was published Thursday.
Case rates, vaccination numbers and other COVID information remain available online. Here are some key places to check for regular updates.
We’ve passed June 30, and the majority of COVID-19 restrictions around businesses and activities have lifted. They’d been in place in some form for more than a year.
People are adjusting to another “new normal” during the COVID pandemic. It can be overwhelming at times. We’re not all diving into the reopening at the same pace, and that’s OK.
It’s not just physical health measures we need to keep in mind following the statewide reopening date. Because the reopening was close to the Fourth of July holiday and what, for many of us, is the kick-off to summer, we’re able to socialize and reconnect during a season that is already a popular time for gatherings. As these interactions increase, it can be easy to feel like the pandemic is done, even though it isn’t.
There’s a mix of emotions that can come with these changes. As the Washington State Department of Health noted in a recent advisory to healthcare providers, people’s desires to have fun, to have a sense of freedom, and to let out strong emotions have been building for more than a year. This can lead to behavioral health impacts.
Read more in the latest blog: Reopening = emotional triumphs and challenges. Approach Summer 2021 with compassion.
The schedule for the week of July 18 is as follows:
Appointments for testing are encouraged, and registration is available at www.snohd.org/testing. Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278 to schedule a testing appointment. The call center is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers after hours or on weekends can leave a message, which will be returned on the next business day.