Washington state in ‘very dangerous time of this pandemic’

With COVID-19 rates on the rise, Washington state must brace itself.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health has reported more than 6,200 new cases of the coronavirus, representing roughly three days of cases.

Health officials said Monday evening the 6,277 new cases reported includes a case backlog because of the surge in cases and testing over the last week.

Thirty-six deaths were also reported, according to The Seattle Times.

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Disease transmission is skyrocketing, State Health Officer Kathy Lofy said in a news release.

“We have grave concerns about what will happen in the coming weeks if people gather at Thanksgiving, or any other time in the near future, and spread COVID-19 to their friends and loved ones,” Lofy said.

Increasing COVID-19 activity is leading to more cases, straining the testing sites and hospital capacity, Secretary of Health John Wiesman said in a news release.

“Do not have friends and other family inside your home for social gatherings,” officials said.

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