Lewis County’s cumulative COVID-19 cases breached 5,000 this week, and three new deaths brought the total death toll to 69. Eight people were hospitalized for the virus in the past reporting week.
But this week also brought the county’s lowest case count since the beginning of May, at 127. And although Lewis County’s case and hospitalization rates are still well above Washington’s average, the state data dashboard shows that the county may finally be following statewide downward trends.
Currently, Lewis County sits at 290.3 new cases and 17.4 new hospitalizations per 100,000. That’s compared to the state’s rates of 120.4 and 4.9.
Positive cases in the last few weeks have impacted schools across the region, including in Toledo, where high schoolers were shifted to remote learning after 28 positive cases were reported by the district. Adna and Pe Ell similarly returned to remote learning briefly, and just over the county border, Oakville was rolled back into remote learning until the end of the school year.
Despite the local surges, Lewis County Public Health and Social Services have reduced the amount of weekly data reported out on the virus.
The department has stopped reported cases by ZIP code and is no longer reporting age groups for cases or deaths.