The Washington State Department of Health reported 11,325 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a record high since the pandemic began.
The nationwide total of the disease caused by the coronavirus is 899,036 cases and 9,909 deaths as of Wednesday. The total number of cases includes 105,985 infections classified as likely. Deaths weren’t updated on Wednesday due to a technical issue. Additionally, DOH said the total number of cases could be up to 500 duplicates.
Washington’s population is estimated at around 7.7 million, according to the latest US census figures.
From December 24 to December 30, 16.2 percent of the occupied beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) in Washington were occupied by COVID-19 patients. Preliminary data through Tuesday showed the percentage is rising.
In the past seven days, Washington has seen a steep rise in the case rate of 669 per 100,000 population.
The national rate for the same period was 1,168 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the DOH, 62.8 percent of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
At the national level, according to CDC statistics, 62.3 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
US and world numbers
There were more than 57.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 831,965 deaths from the virus in the U.S. as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has the highest total number of reported cases and deaths of any nation.
More than 5.46 million people have died from the disease worldwide. Worldwide cases exceed 297 million.
On September 15, the DOH stopped updating the test statistics on its website because it was struggling to process a surge in data. On January 3, the agency announced that the update freeze would last until February 2022.