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COVID-19 cases appear to flatten-at dangerous levels

COVID-19 cases appear to flatten-at dangerous levels

SEATTLE (AP) -Record levels of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization in Washington state, which began in early to mid-July, appear to be flattened — but at a dangerous level.

The state still sees the highest proportion of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations yet, which in turn increases allegations of vaccinations and masking, The Seattle Times reported. Officials said Wednesday that the leveling of the epidemiological curves, however, is a welcome sight.

State epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist said last week the state saw an average of seven days of about 180 admissions per year. Today, compared with an average of about 195 hospital admissions per day. Day at the end of August.

“We are not sure that this will (continue) going in a downward direction … but it is the first good piece of info we have had that we are starting to see a downward trend,” Lindquist said.

While the new figures are encouraging, he said he would be “very careful” to get hope. “We are not over this pandemic at all,” Lindquist added.

Although infections and hospitalizations have begun to plateau, they are at a high level. In early July, before the most recent increase, the state averaged about 30 new admissions and 350 new cases a day. Last week, epidemiologists and health officials counted an average of about 3,000 new cases a day.

State hospitals, meanwhile, are canceling necessary surgeries and taking longer to deal with heart attacks and strokes because COVID patients occupy so many beds.

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