Snohomish County health officer: Fifth COVID wave ‘unlikely’ to be the last

A small decline in more serious cases of COVID continues a positive trend in Snohomish County, but the county health officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, says the most dramatic number is the plummeting death rate.

“[There was an] almost 10 times greater number of deaths per week a year ago,” he said. “What’s the difference? Vaccination.”

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In neighboring King County, COVID-related death reports are down by 50% in the past two weeks, with an average of two deaths per day. Pierce County is reporting less than one death per week.

Hospitalizations are down in Snohomish County as

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