State hospitals are warning they could be busy this summer due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in Washington state communities. Yakima Health District officials say 269 cases have been reported since May 27 and 9 people have been hospitalized. The infection rate is 196 cases per 100,000 over the past 14 days. At the height of the pandemic, the infection rate was more than 500 to 700 cases per 100,000.
You can find the vaccine in the community or at the clinic this month
The COVID-19 vaccine is available throughout the community at grocery stores and pharmacies. The vaccine is also available at a free clinic taking place Tuesday, June 14 in the parking lot of West Valley Junior High School at 7505 Zier Road from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Health officials say the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to anyone 5 years of age and older and that booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will also be available for eligible groups.
Hospital officials in other parts of the state are already warning of a possible increase in cases and hospitalizations. They are issuing warnings now because they say they want people to know that the rise in cases will likely impact people seeking treatment for other health conditions or emergencies.
State hospital officials say some patients are on ventilators
According to the Associated Press “Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, said late last week that nearly 600 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals across the country. “State with about 20 to 25 patients a day on ventilators. That compares to an average of about 230 hospitalized cases a day in April. Hospital officials on Monday implored people to wear high-quality face masks while indoors. indoors in crowded public spaces and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.