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Posted on: January 6, 2021

North Bend Covid-19 Update: New state reopening plan announced; City sees significant case uptick

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On Tuesday, January 5th,  Governor Inslee announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a new statewide COVID-19 two-phase reopening plan. Beginning on January 11, 2021, the state will follow a regional reopening approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.

This 8-region system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining hospital capacity. The regions are based on Emergency Medical Services regions used for evaluating healthcare services. 

King County is in the Central/Puget Sound region, along with Pierce and Snohomish counties. Regions will advance to phase 2 when meeting all four metrics for hospitalizations and case numbers:

  • Decreasing trend in two-week COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 population (decrease >10%)
  • Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100,000 population (decrease >10%)
  • ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of < 10%

To stay in Phase 2, regions must meet at least 3 metrics:

  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population
  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100,000 population
  • ICU occupancy (total – COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of < 10%

 [See chart below for activities allowed in Phase 1 and 2]

North Bend Covid-19 Case Uptick

As the state moves forward with this new reopening plan, locally, the City of North Bend has experienced a significant increase in new Covid-19 cases in recent days.

Over the past two weeks (12/22/20-1/4/21) 58 new cases were reported in North Bend, with a 25.7% positive test rate. 5 hospitalizations were also reported during this time period. The City’s 14-day positive test rate is more than double that of the King County rate of 10.9%. The City also currently has the highest rate of positive cases of all King County cities at 849 cases per 100,000 residents.

During the last month, 88 new cases were reported in North Bend, a 51% monthly increase. Of those cases, the majority (86%) were in people under 60.

The City thanks residents for their efforts to mask up, spread out, and keep social circles small. It’s been a long 10-months and the City recognizes Covid fatigue is real, but it continues to encourage everyone to stay the course and follow virus prevention protocols. With vaccine rollout underway, there is an end in sight, but vigilance is key in the coming months.

“As our region moves toward reopening more businesses, it is critical that residents follow Covid-19 prevention guidelines to ensure our North Bend businesses can reopen their doors and keep them open,” said Mayor Rob McFarland. “The easiest thing we can all do to support the health of our community and our businesses is to adhere to safety protocols that stop the spread of coronavirus.”

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, King County Public Health offers multiple testing sites, including a new free, drive-thru site at Bellevue College. See all King County testing sites HERE.

If residents or businesses need masks, the City has an ample supply. Please email Erin Mitchell at emitchell@northbendwa.gov to schedule a pick up or delivery.

Read Governor’s Full Announcement HERE.

[*North Bend Case Data: King County Public Health Covid-19 Outbreak Summary Dashboard*]

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