SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 7: Medical professionals conduct a nasal swab test at the Bondi Beach COVID-19 Drive-Through Test Center on July 7, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Coronavirus testing continues across NSW as the state has recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Six of the new cases are repatriated travelers in hotel quarantine, while the seventh is a recently returned traveler who tested negative during the quarantine but developed symptoms upon returning home. NSW Health also stepped up testing in the regional city of Albury on Tuesday after two positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the area. One of the people who returned a positive rest recently traveled to Melbourne. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)
The Washington State Department of Health said more than 2,000 people in the state died Monday from the coronavirus.
As of Monday afternoon, state officials reported 2,006 deaths from COVID-19 and 80,138 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic earlier this year.
7,098 people have been hospitalized with the virus, according to the Washington Department of Health.
The state’s death rate remains at 2.5%, which is the percentage of people who die after being infected.
A county health official said on Monday that the state’s COVID-19 case trends are encouraging, but warned that Washington state has more work to do if it is to return to pre-COVID normalcy.
COVID-19 won’t go away, but Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Director says if the state can get a low enough number of cases, children can go back to school for on-site learning, and restaurants and businesses can resume their previous business hours.
The number of statewide cases per 100,000 is 84, but the graph is down, according to the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. For example:
- King County is 68 years old;
- Pierce County cases are 65;
- Snohomish County cases are at 52.
“We are heading in the right direction,” said Anthony Chen, Tacoma / Pierce County Department Director.
Washington has recorded far more cases and deaths than in neighboring states. Oregon reported just over 500 deaths, while Idaho recorded just over 400. British Columbia, Canada, recorded 213 deaths and reports a relatively low number of cases.