Lewis County has seen an increase in COVID cases for several months now, with the long term facilities in the area all being affected.
Lewis County has seen a surge in cases, especially in our long term facilities where precautions have been in place for months. Even though personal protection equipment has been used in these facilities, an outbreak has occurred. Lewis County is currently at 12 deaths from COVID, the most recent deaths related to the long term facilities.
Lewis County has had almost 700 cases of COVID since March 15. Of those approximately 300 have recovered. 49 individuals required hospitalization.
Each county's goal is less than 25 cases per 100,000 of newly diagnosed cases. Lewis County Public Health and Social Services Department puts out a weekly report. For the weekly report ending 10/17/2020, it shows that Lewis County is currently at 114.5 infected per 100,000.
The other factor they review is the percentage of individuals testing positive for COVID per week, the goal is less than 2%. The current score for Lewis County is 4.2%.
Week ending report shows the highest number of cases are in District 1 with 291, District 2 is closely behind with 266 cases. District 1 is the Centralia area where District 2 is Chehalis and many small communities south except Vader and Toledo. District 3 has less than half the cases of District 2 with 111 cases.
District 3 includes east county and Toledo and Vader, more rural areas.
According to the week ending report, the age group are as follows:
Age Group Cases 20 and under 83 20-29 124 30-39 109 40-49 97 50-59 93 60-60 63 70-79 47 80+ 52
3 deaths in the age group 70-79 and 9 deaths over 80+ years of age.
In the past 6 weeks, Lewis County has had three weeks where the numbers were higher than 60 new cases. The highest number of cases in one week was 72. The lowest in the past 6 weeks was 25.
With the rise of covid cases in Lewis County, please remember that we have a very large at-risk senior population. If you can assist one senior with their daily outings, you could help save their life. Please consider helping a senior citizen today!