Tri-Cities’ 14-day case rate is declining, but remains higher than the previous peak

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Coming off the highest peak of COVID-19 transmission through the entire pandemic, the Tri-Cities region added more than 500 new coronavirus cases over the weekend. Case rates were so high that these additions come as the region’s 14-day case rate displays a downward trend in local transmission.

All information has been drawn from the Benton-Franklin Health District’s (BFHD) Case Count Dashboard and Facebook update (here).

With a 14-day bi-county case rate of 962.11, Benton and Franklin counties are displaying a decline in the 14-day case rate. However, this remains higher than the 14-day case rate for any other point in the pandemic—beating the former peak of 934.67 cases over 14 days on December 11, 2020.

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This means that coronavirus transmission remains dangerously high coming off a week in which 22 more community members died from the deadly virus.

Public health officials logged 513 new coronavirus cases across the bi-county region on Monday. This was a three-day update including cases from Saturday, Sept. 25 to today—Sept. 27. Of this sum, 327 cases were recorded in Benton County and 186 cases were reported in Franklin County.

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To date, there have been 26,823 cases in Benton County and 17,642 cases in Franklin County for a total of 44,465 coronavirus cases logged in the bi-county region that encompasses the Tri-Cities.

Additionally, there are 90 community members suffering from COVID-19 complications in Tri-Cities area hospitals as of Monday. They account for 21.6% of the area’s total hospital population, which stands at 416 patients as of Monday.


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