Coronavirus update: Positivity rates & hospitalizations decline

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Public health officials at the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) provided another installment of their daily coronavirus update which shows that COVID-related hospitalizations are down in the region.

According to the BFHD’s latest data, 36 coronavirus cases were added to Benton County’s running count of 14,173 confirmed cases in the region. Public health officials also added 20 cases to Franklin County’s running count, which stands at 10,543 confirmed cases to date. Overall, the bi-county region has confirmed 24,716 coronavirus cases during the pandemic.

Yesterday’s Coronavirus Update: 50 cases added on Feb. 9

With one public testing site in the bi-county region, statistics from the CBC West testing location are a good indicator of positivity rates for the region. New data from the CBC West site shows a continuous downward trend in COVID positivity.

From Jan. 24 to Feb. 6, 15.71% of coronavirus tests at CBC West have produced a positive result. This is a 1.2% decrease from the previous data reported out of this location.

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Coronavirus hospitalization rates remain within one percent of the BFHD’s target goal of sub-10% COVID-related hospitalizations. Of the 413 patients currently hospitalized in the bi-county region, 42 are being treated for issues related to COVID-19. They account for just 10.2% of hospitalizations in the region, which is exceptionally close to the target range.

Vaccinations are playing a major role in the bi-county region’s ability to flatten the curve. Up to this point, thousands of people have received vaccinations at the Benton County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site.

Just yesterday alone, public healthcare workers at the Benton County Fairgrounds vaccinated over 950 people. They were even visited by Washington state’s Health Secretary, Dr. Umair Shah, who was pleasantly surprised by how functional and successful the mass vaccination site has been up to this point.

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