Coronavirus update: Bi-county region adds 336 cases

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The latest coronavirus update from the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) includes statistics from over the long weekend. The BFHD says this is a three-day county.

The bi-county region added 336 cases, bringing its total number of coronavirus cases to 22,831 to date. Benton County added 200 cases for a running total of 13,239. Franklin County added 136 cases to a running total of 9,592 cases to date.

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As of 2021, Vital Statistic Laws shifted to allow for additional privacy for the families of the deceased. Therefore, the BFHD won’t update the local coronavirus death toll until Friday of each week.

On Friday, January 15, 2021, the BFHD announced a handful of new deaths. They raised the number of community members lost in Benton County to 200. The number of community members lost in Franklin County increased to 136. In total, 249 community members have passed away due to complications with the coronavirus.

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Hospitalizations due to coronavirus complications are remaining steady at this time. Of the 415 people currently hospitalized in the bi-county region, 57 are being treated for coronavirus complications. They account for 13.7% of hospitalized patients in the region, which is hovering just above the BFHD’s target of sub-10%.

The Tri-Cities have 19,195 confirmed coronavirus cases through the start of this pandemic. Pasco maintains a steady lead with 8,467 cases while Kennewick ranks second with 7,604. Richland stands at 3,124 confirmed cases to date.

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