Coronavirus update: 214 cases added through weekend

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The latest update from officials at the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) includes additional coronavirus cases from over the weekend.

According to public health officials, the bi-county region added 214 cases over a 3-day total from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Benton County added 144 new cases to its running total of 13,804 confirmed cases. Meanwhile, 70 cases were added to Franklin County, bringing its total over 10k for 10,284 confirmed cases in the area.

Combined, Benton and Franklin Counties have 24,088 confirmed coronavirus cases, per the BFHD.

Friday’s coronavirus update: 88 cases, 9 deaths added

Positivity rates for the CBC West testing site were not updated today. From Jan. 11 to Jan. 24, the Tri-Cities’ primary coronavirus testing site reported a 17.85% positivity rate in the region. This was a 2.5% decrease from the previous set of data.

Public health informants posted an 11.8% coronavirus hospitalization rate in the region. With 49 people currently being treated for coronavirus complications in the region, the BFHD is just 1.9% away from being in its target range of sub-10% COVID-related hospitalizations for the area.

Due to changes to Vital Statistics Laws at the turn of the new year, the BFHD cannot update statistics as consistently as they once did. As a result, death counts are updated on Friday of each week. This past Friday, public health officials announced nine new coronavirus-related deaths in the region.

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The running death toll stands at 265 community members lost — 179 in Benton County and 86 in Franklin County. All of the most recent deaths reported were by people age 70 and older. Adjustments to privacy laws prohibit BFHD officials from announcing whether or not underlying health factors played a part in these incidents.

Vaccinations are expected to resume on Tuesday. The Benton County vaccination site saw more than 3,800 people receive their doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine during the first week of operations. Their ability to improve upon that is dependent on how many doses they receive from state/federal leaders.

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