Thurston County Reports Six COVID Deaths, 519 New Cases


New COVID-19 cases in Thurston County saw a week-over-week decrease of 50 cases as new deaths associated with the virus increased.

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services reported six new COVID-19 deaths in the county from Nov. 8 to Nov. 14.

The reported deaths included a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s, three men in their 60s and  a man in his 70s. The additional deaths brought Thurston County’s total to 227 as of Nov. 15.

The department reported 519 new COVID-19 infections during the same timeframe.

The running total of infections throughout the pandemic in the county landed at 21,684 as of Nov. 15.

The percentage of those infected with COVID-19 who have died has decreased to 1.1% for the county, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Out of the 21,684 total county cases reported by Nov. 15, patients who have recovered or are recovering increased to 20,566, according to the health department.

Since last reported, there have been 15 new hospitalizations in Thurston County, according to DOH, making the total number since the start of the pandemic land at 1,377 as of Nov. 14.

Health care workers have administered a total of 391,958 vaccine doses countywide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to DOH. That’s more than 11,000 additional doses since last reported a week ago.

In neighboring Pierce County, 20 deaths were recorded since last reported and new cases have decreased to 379.3 per 100,000 population as reported during the 14-day period between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The total number of cases in the county reached 94,420 as of Nov. 15, with 890 deaths.

In Washington state, as of Nov. 7, there were 664,970 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 90,041 probable cases, a total of 41,723 people have been hospitalized because of the illness, and 8,990 people have died, according to DOH. The statewide rate of those who have died after contracting the virus stands at 1.2%. About 10.28 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. The statewide occupancy of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units is at 20.2%.

Nationwide, as of press deadline, there were 46,993,724 total cases since the start of the pandemic. There were 760,266 confirmed deaths and about 442 million doses of vaccines have been administered since the start of the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s about 10 million more vaccines administered in one week. New cases over the last 30 days had been on a downward trend, but have begun to rise, while new deaths over the last 30 days are on a downward trend, CDC graphs indicated.