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Pierce County's COVID case totals down again dramatically from previous week; deaths up

News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. logoNews Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. 2/16/2022 Debbie Cockrell, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

Feb. 15—Pierce County reported 1,779 new COVID-19 cases for Feb. 6-13 and 43 deaths.

That's down from the previous week's totals of 3,543 cases, but up from that week's 31 deaths.

The deaths from last week included the county's first pediatric COVID death:

— A woman in her 80s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 60s from Tacoma.

— A woman in her 80s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 80s from South Pierce County.

— A man in his 60s from Spanaway.

— A man in his 70s from Lakewood.

— A woman in her 80s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 80s from Lakewood.

— A man in his 60s from Parkland.

— A man in his 60s from Frederickson.

— A woman in her 70s from Parkland.

— A woman in her 70s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 70s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 80s from Lakewood.

— A man in his 40s from Southwest Pierce County.

— A woman in her 80s from University Place.

— A woman in her 30s from Puyallup.

— A man in his 90s from Puyallup.

— A woman in her 60s from South Pierce County.

— A girl under age 10 from Lakewood.

— A woman in her 60s from Gig Harbor Area.

— A man in his 60s from Lake Tapps/Sumner Area.

— A man in his 80s from Graham.

— A man in his 30s from Spanaway.

— A woman in her 90s from Lakewood.

— A woman in her 70s from Puyallup.

— A man in his 80s from Graham.

— A man in his 80s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 80s from Gig Harbor Area.

— A man in his 80s from Key Peninsula.

— A woman in her 80s from Frederickson.

— A man in his 80s from Puyallup.

— A woman in her 80s from Tacoma.

— A man in his 80s from Central Pierce County.

— A woman in her 90s from Central Pierce County.

— A woman in her 70s from Spanaway.

— A man in his 50s from University Place.

— A man in his 90s from Central Pierce County.

— A woman in his 90s from Lakewood.

— A woman in her 60s from Gig Harbor Area.

— A woman in her 70s from Graham.

— A woman in her 60s from South Hill.

— A woman in her 90s from University Place.

As of Feb. 15, 69.4 percent of the people who died of COVID in the county had underlying health conditions, according to the health department's dashboard.

The county's totals are 173,499 cases and 1,198 deaths since the first confirmed coronavirus case was reported in March 2020.

Pierce County's 14-day case rate per 100,000 was 1,791.7 for Jan. 19-Feb. 1, 38.3 percent lower than the previous 2-week period.

The 7-day rate of hospitalizations per 100,000 was at 19.8 for Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 20.5 percent lower than the previously reported 7-day period.

From February to December, 51,409 of Pierce County's cases involved unvaccinated people, according to the state Department of Health in its vaccine data report issued Feb. 9. That compares with 17,285 cases involving those vaccinated during the same period, according to the state DOH.

More information on testing is available on the health department's website.

GEOGRAPHIC TOTALS

Tuesday's cumulative geographic totals, with Feb. 1 totals in parentheses (totals now include both positive antigen and positive PCR tests):

— Bonney Lake: 6,339 (6,200)

— Central Pierce County: 7,987 (7,790)

— East Pierce County: 10,671 (10,466)

— Edgewood/Fife/Milton: 6,916 (6,747)

— Frederickson: 7,148 (6,970)

— Gig Harbor area: 6,914 (6,791)

— Graham: 7,007 (6,857)

— Key Peninsula: 2,312 (2,257)

— Lake Tapps/Sumner area: 7,257 (7,088)

— Lakewood: 12,533 (12,241)

— Parkland: 7,260 (7,127)

— Puyallup: 9,915 (9,587)

— South Hill: 10,855 (10,546)

— South Pierce County: 7,573 (7,412)

— Southwest Pierce County: 2,870 (2,778)

— Spanaway: 8,131 (7,968)

— Tacoma: 43,490 (42,785)

— University Place: 5,482 (5,352)

— Unknown: 2,839 (3,791)

VACCINES

Pierce County's vaccination rate is 62.4 percent fully vaccinated for those 5 and older, according to the state DOH.

Among Pierce County's total population, the county is 58.2 percent fully vaccinated, compared with the state rate of 66.4 percent.

Percentage of those in each age range who have received at least one dose of vaccine in Pierce County as posted Feb. 9:

— 5-11: 25.7 percent

— 12-17: 59.4 percent

— 18-19: 75.5 percent

— 20-34: 71 percent

— 35-49: 77.5 percent

— 50-64: 78.9 percent

— 65-79: 84 percent

— 80 and older: 93 percent

You can view vaccine participation by census tract on the local health department's website.

Go to tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture or the county's FindYourCovidShot.com website for information on places offering vaccines and for vaccine registration. Walk-up vaccine sites run by the county and most TPCHD events now no longer require an appointment, and all TPCHD events are for first or second doses. Anyone age 5 or older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 16 or older is eligible for a booster six months after completing a two-dose mRNA vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two months after receiving the single shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Those younger than 18 need parent or guardian approval. Locations of individual vaccine sites also can be found on the state's vaccine finder: vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

— The health department's call center to help those seeking vaccines is 253-649-1412.

OUTBREAKS

As of Feb. 3, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported 223 businesses saw outbreaks totaling 2,865 cases, down 9 percent over the previous week.

Among business outbreaks, Pierce Transit had the most cases listed as active with 97, followed by Rainier Rehab in Puyallup with 92 and McLane NW in Lakewood with 87. Both the Lakewood Walmart and Brookdale Harbor Bay in Gig Harbor were listed with 81 cases.

The Pierce County Jail was listed with 139 cases, unchanged from the previous week.

Schools saw 46 outbreaks and a total of 231 related cases.

In the past 28 days, long-term care facilities in the county showed 97 sites with outbreaks accounting for 1,825 cases, according to TPCHD's data on its website. They represent for the largest percentage of COVID-19 cases among business or facility outbreaks at 58 percent, with grocery second at 10 percent.

The county updates its outbreak list on Thursdays.

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