Coronavirus cases increase by nearly 200 in bi-county area
Tri-Cities officials warn against strain on health care system
TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Local health officials announced an increase of almost 200 new COVID-19 cases ahead of Thanksgiving tomorrow.
Benton County increased by 129 new cases for a total of 7,635 cases while Franklin County increased by 64 for a total of 6,146 COVID-19 cases.
The total confirmed cases for the area is now 13,781.
As of right now, 14.8% of all admitted hospital patients are being treated for COVID-19.
With no new deaths, the total remains at 198.
Officials noted that as case numbers rise, so does the strain on the health care system.
They encouraged the public to stay safe during the holiday.