..Washington identified its very first COVID-19 patient on Jan. 20.
Since then, the state of 7.6 million people has seen a daily average of 3,177 new reported cases in the past week---up from a weekly average of 2,676 cases the previous week. Statewide hospital capacity hovered around 80% on Dec. 11.
The state's caseload to date now stands 202,063 while its death toll stands at 2,879 people, less than two weeks before Christmas.
“This doesn't mean we are out of the woods yet,” Inslee said. “We can’t let up on masking, physical distancing and restrictions on indoor activities. We need to continue to slow the rate of infection as we work to get Washingtonians vaccinated. We must keep up the fight a little longer and I know we will get through this, together.”
While medical experts are divided on just how many Americans will have to be vaccinated to stop the pandemic's chain of transmission, White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that number is around 75% to 80%.
Washington's partial statewide shutdown limiting social gatherings and indoor business capacity ends on Jan. 4 following an extension by the governor.