Coronavirus update: Benton, Franklin County add over 100 new cases

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Though vaccination efforts have proven effective up to this point, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t quite finished yet. On Monday, public health officials from the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) announced a three-day total of 107 new coronavirus cases in Benton and Franklin Counties.

According to the BFHD, Benton County added 65 new coronavirus cases over the weekend. With these additions, the county’s total case count increased to 15,690. Meanwhile, Franklin County tacked on 42 new coronavirus cases, which increased the county’s running total to 11,640 cases since the pandemic began. Overall, the bi-county region has accumulated a total of 27,330 coronavirus cases.

Due to an update to Vital Statistics Law at the turn of the new year, the BFHD is only updating its running death toll once per week on Fridays. Last week, public health officials announced that two more community members in Benton County passed away due to complications with COVID-19 — One man and one woman; each in their 70s.

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With 210 people from Benton County and 100 people from Franklin County lost to COVID-19 complications, the bi-county death toll stands at 310 community members lost.

Meanwhile, local hospitalization rates are holding steady in the BFHD’s latest update. Of the 385 people currently hospitalized n the bi-county region, 16 are dealing with COVID-19 complications. They account for 4.2% of the hospital population, which falls under public health officials’ target range of sub-10% COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The Benton County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site narrowly missed a new record of 7,000 vaccinations last week including expanded efforts with eligibility opening to all Washingtonians (age 16+) on April 15. This site operates from Tuesday to Saturday each week with variable hours to accommodate the city. If you need an appointment in Washington, you’ll want to visit the Department of Health’s Prep Mod tool here.

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