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COVID-19 transmission increasing in western Washington, rates flat but higher in eastern Washington


October 22, 2020

OLYMPIA­—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission. 

Report findings include:

Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern Washington. The best estimates of the reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) were 1.12 in western Washington and 0.94 in eastern Washington as of September 27. The goal is a number well below one, which would mean COVID-19 transmission is declining.

The situation in eastern Washington is unstable and efforts to...

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