Benton County’s COVID-19 rates fall; eligible vaccination rate hits 50%

Benton County, Richland, Walla Walla, WMC, Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK, Wash. — After lagging behind the rest of Washington state in COVID-19 vaccination rates, more than half of the eligible population (12+) in Benton County is now fully vaccinated.

According to data from the Washington DOH, more than 50.1% of Benton County residents who are eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated. Just 41.5% of the county’s full population is vaccinated with nearly 60% of people 16 and older having initiated vaccination.

However, coronavirus case rates remain exceptionally high for the region. A three-day case total from Aug. 28 to 30 added 336 new coronavirus cases for the county after eight more community members died from COVID complications last week.

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After leading Washington in 14-day case rate for more than a week, Benton County’s two-week case rate (929.5) now ranks fourth in the state. Additionally, the region’s 7-day hospitalization rate is now better than 10 other counties across Washington state. This is not only attributed to a rise across other parts of the state but decreasing rates from the early-to-mid August spike across the Tri-Cities.

Franklin County remains one of the worst places for coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations across Washington state. In fact, Franklin county’s 14-day case rate (1,130.6) is the worst in the entirety of Washington and remains one of the worst across the Western United States.

As of Monday, just under 44% of the eligible population (12+) in Franklin County is fully vaccinated with only 34.5% of the county’s entire population vaccinated against COVID-19.

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