Tri-Cities lose four community members to COVID-19 this week

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

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Public health officials announced that four more community members from Benton and Franklin counties were lost to COVID-19 this week.

Every weekday since the pandemic began, the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) has provided updated coronavirus metrics for the bi-county region that encapsulated the Tri-Cities. At the height of the pandemic, we’d provide a daily update on our website.

Since COVID-19 vaccination rates rose and infection rates dropped, we’ve stopped issuing daily updates, but this week, the metrics warranted an update with four new COVID-19 related deaths in the community.

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Two people from Benton County and two from Franklin County lost their lives this week. In Benton County, a woman in her 60s and another man in his 70s passed on this week. In Franklin County, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 70s passed away from COVID-19 complications.

In total, 333 community members have died from COVID-19. That includes 221 people lost from Benton County and 112 from Franklin County.

Despite these losses, the bi-county region is holding up strong in its fight against the pandemic. As of now, the region stands at 29,187 coronavirus cases with only 21 new cases across both counties on Friday.

The COVID-19 hospitalization rate stands at 6%, which is around the range it’s hovered near over the last week months. Community positivity rates from the CBC West testing site are contained at 7.78%.

Are you or a loved one looking to get vaccinated from COVID-19 in Benton or Franklin Counties? There are a handful of great resources available to you, but the most widely used is the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Vaccine Locator tool. You can check it out by clicking here.

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