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State COVID-19 transmission flattening, but situation still ‘highly precarious’

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health Dec. 24 situation report shows substantial decreases in transmission but still not enough to return the state to the lower levels of disease activity seen earlier in the fall. Based on the timing of this trend, the plateaus may be due in part to the current restrictions on gatherings and certain businesses.

Report findings include:

• The state remains in a highly precarious situation. The estimated proportion of the population with active COVID-19 infections is around the same as mid-November, and hospitalizations are higher. If we...


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