Coronavirus update: Region hits 22k cumulative cases

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Model of a coronavirus cell (CDC via AP, File)

KENNEWICK, Wash. — As of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the bi-county region under the jurisdiction of the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) has surpassed 22,000 coronavirus cases.

According to today’s data by public health officials, Benton County added 95 cases to a running tally of 12,731 coronavirus cases to date. Meanwhile, Franklin County added only 59 cases, bringing its running tally to 9,330 confirmed cases.

In total, the bi-county region has 22,061 confirmed coronavirus cases to date.

As of the new year, information laws have changed and death rates aren’t as readily available. A result of that has been a halt to coronavirus death tolls for Benton and Franklin counties.

The running count of community members lost to the coronavirus stands at 233 with 156 deaths in Benton County and 77 deaths in Franklin County. Expect that number to jump when the next round of numbers are released; likely on Friday, January 15.

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Of the 404 hospitalized patients in the bi-county region, only 59 are being treated for COVID-19 complications. They account for 14.6 percent of hospitalizations in the region, which is still 4.7 percent above the BFHD target goal of sub-10%.

As of today, BFHD officials say that 87.6 percent of licenced hospital beds in the region are being occupied. They hope to bring that percentage below 80 for optimal hospital readiness.

Though countywide positivity rates cannot be accurately reported at this time, individual testing sites have provided their positivity rates from December 21, 2020, through January 1, 2021. The Columbia Basin College (CBC) testing site reports an 18.36% positivity rate while the HAPO testing site recorded a 15.1% positivity rate.

These statistics indicate 18,549 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Tri-Cities. Pasco maintains a steady lead with 8,221 cases while Kennewick ranks second with 7,342 followed by Richland with 2,986 cases confirmed to date.

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