Washington state COVID-19 cases top 280,000

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The Space Needle is seen through the pillars of a public art display, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Seattle. The landmark's usual in-person fireworks display on New Year's Eve will instead be a virtual display streamed on the internet. The coronavirus scourge that dominated the 2020 is also looming over New Year's festivities and forcing officials worldwide to tone them down. From New York's Times Square to Sydney Harbor, big public blowouts are being turned into TV-only shows and digital events.

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Department of Health has reported 2,892 new COVID-19 cases and 49 new deaths. The Seattle Times reports the Wednesday update brings the state’s totals to 281,202 cases and 3,838 deaths. The agency says new cases may include up to 520 duplicates. Officials say data on hospitalizations is also incomplete today due to “an interruption in the data reporting processes.” State health officials say they expect to have a full update on Thursday. At least 16,080 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus so far. In King County, the state’s most populous, state health officials have confirmed 71,106 COVID-19 diagnoses and 1,135 deaths.