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Coronavirus surge hits the Evergreen State

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There were 814 new cases of COVID-19 in Washington as of Saturday night, raising the state total to 108,315 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March, according to updated numbers released by the state Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday afternoon. There were a total of 2,366 deaths in Washington through late afternoon Sunday.

Through Friday, 9:00 p.m., Washington had put up its highest increase in daily coronavirus cases since mid-July. State health officials, after confirming 1,016 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, declared, "The surge has arrived."

Pacific County had 119 confirmed cases, Grays Harbor County, 722, including 11 deaths; Lewis County, 744, and 12 deaths; and Wahkiakum County, only 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The DOH confirmed 928 new COVID-19 cases in the state Friday afternoon. DOH reported that 8,571 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus, and a total of 2,450,122 COVID-19 tests have been administered as of Friday night.

There were a total of 106,573 cases of COVID-19, and 2,366 deaths statewide as of 4 pm Thursday.

Records Set Daily

The country has hardly "turned the corner" as President Trump insists frequently.

As the coronavirus soars across the country, charting a single-day record of 99,155 new cases on Friday and surpassing 9.1 million cases nationwide, tracing the path of the pandemic in the United States is no longer simply challenging. It has become nearly impossible. Now, there are so many cases, in so many places, that many people are coming to a frightening conclusion: They have no idea where the virus is spreading. There have been more than 232,000 deaths through mid-morning Monday. The worst seven single days on the record are now all from late October. U.S. deaths have been nearly flat at about 23,000 each month. The global totals: 46 million cases and 1.19 million deaths.

A Bad October

Coronavirus cases leaped dramatically across the nation in October when about 1.87 million cases were reported amidst a burgeoning third surge. That's an increase of about 57.6 percent over September's 1.19 million cases. Only Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, and South Carolina reported fewer new cases in October than in September. The increases were led by Wisconsin, which added 103,095 cases in October, up from 46,671 in September; and in Illinois, which added 112,928 cases in October, up from 58,996 in September.

Wear Your Masks!!!

A new study indicates the coronavirus gets transmitted more quickly than previously believed within households, a gloomy finding as final data from October shows the virus spreading wildly across the nation.

The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates that household transmission is rapid whether the first to become ill is a child or an adult. That doesn't bode well amid efforts to return more students to classrooms. The study was led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who suggest Americans should wear masks at home if any family member coughs or seems sick - even before test results are available.

Sen. Cantwell slams Google, Facebook

for decimating local news outlets

"Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices" by tech giants Google and Facebook have suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

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