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More than 650 COVID-19 cases reported over past 3 days in Pierce County

News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. logoNews Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. 2 days ago Debbie Cockrell, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

May 3—Pierce County reported 240 new COVID-19 cases Monday with one additional death, a Lakewood man in his 60s.

On May 1, 183 cases were reported. On May 2, there were 234 cases for a total of 417 over the weekend.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department no longer assigns underlying condition status to individual deaths it reports and instead counts underlying conditions as part of a percentage of the total number of deaths, which as of April 27 was 76.8 percent.

The county's totals are now 44,909 cases and 532 deaths since the first confirmed coronavirus case was reported in March 2020.

The 14-day case rate per 100,000 was 374.5 as of May 1 with an eight-day reporting delay, according to the state's Roadmap to Recovery metric, now used by the health department instead of its own count.

Phase 2 allows for 200-350 cases per 100,000, so Pierce County is not meeting that metric.

New hospitalizations per 100,000 over seven days also need to stay between 5-10 in Phase 2. Pierce County was at 7.8.

The next round of evaluations to determine whether Pierce County stays in Phase 2 will be announced Tuesday, and any change will take effect May 7. Counties can miss one of the two metrics and stay put. If they miss both, they backslide. Counties that meet both county-based metrics of a higher level phase can move forward one phase.

Testing is available at various places. Local libraries in Tacoma and Pierce County also offer test kits available for curbside pickup. More information on testing is available on the health department's website.

GEOGRAPHIC TOTALS

Monday's cumulative geographic totals with Friday's reported totals in parentheses:

— Bonney Lake: 1,279 (1,252)

— Central Pierce County: 2,024 (1,995)

— East Pierce County: 2,091 (2,033)

— Edgewood/Fife/Milton: 1,806 (1,781)

— Frederickson: 1,666 (1,631)

— Gig Harbor area: 1,409 (1,388)

— Graham: 1,496 (1,470)

— JBLM: No longer reported

— Key Peninsula: 404 (395)

— Lake Tapps/Sumner area: 1,717 (1,702)

— Lakewood: 3,620 (3,572)

— Parkland: 2,166 (2,145)

— Puyallup: 2,562 (2,531)

— South Hill: 2,582 (2,551)

— South Pierce County: 1,457 (1,434)

— Southwest Pierce County: 641 (634)

— Spanaway: 2,113 (2,085)

— Tacoma: 12,235 (12,060)

— University Place: 1,438 (1,414)

— Unknown: 2,203 (2,179)

VACCINES

As of April 29:

— About 525,661 total doses given to Pierce County residents, according to the health department. More than 5.3 million have been administered statewide.

In the county, 33.53 percent of the population has initiated vaccination, and 24.05 percent are fully vaccinated, compared with 42.45 percent in the state initiating vaccines, and 29.87 percent fully vaccinated, according to state DOH.

A map showing the percentage of those vaccinated by geographic areas has been added to the health department's COVID data page.

— Vaccine access in the state is open to all residents 16 and older with no qualifying conditions required. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 and older, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson is available to those 18 and older, as per the vaccines' emergency authorization use. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 23 was recommended by federal health officials for a return to use, following a recent pause in distribution nationwide pending a safety review over rare blood clots.

Go to tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture or the county's FindYourCovidShot.com website for information on local sites offering vaccines and for vaccine registration. As of April 30, walk-up vaccine sites in the county run by the county and TPCHD no longer require an appointment. Those younger than 18 still 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.

— Pierce County also has a call center to help those searching for vaccines. Residents who need assistance signing up for an event can contact the call center at 253-798-8900 or email pcvaccine@piercountywa.gov for help.

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