Authorities say coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are falling across Washington state as the rise in the Omicron variant slows.
But in a news conference Tuesday morning, Washington State Hospital Association President Cassie Sauer said the end of the Omicron wave is likely to last for at least a few more weeks and hospital leaders remain concerned about the ongoing impact of the latest wave on their staff and delivery of equipment.
“We really don’t want people ripping off their masks or going to big parties just yet – COVID activity remains a threat,” Sauer said.
The Seattle Times reports that public health officials in King County are counting about 1,428 infections per day, down about 50% from the past seven days and 30 hospitalizations per day, down about 33% from the previous week .
Hospital admissions are also falling across the country.
At the beginning of the month, Washington counted 1,958 hospital admissions, compared to about 1,635 this week. By the end of January, the state had also counted a seven-day average of about 16,365 infections per day, compared to 19,000 infections per day in mid-January.
Eastern Washington is beginning to reflect the same trend. In Spokane County, for example, about 196 people were hospitalized with COVID a week ago, compared to about 170 on Tuesday, Sauer said.
However, deaths are still high, at 25 to 30 a day statewide.