DOH adds additional data on confirmed COVID-19 cases

Camp Murray, WA — The Washington State Department of Health is now able to report COVID-19 data on hospitalization and race/ethnicity. Specifically, DOH has data on the number of persons currently hospitalized or in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with confirmed COVID-19 and the race/ethnicity of persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have died with COVID-19.

“DOH is committed to promoting equity and social justice and is pleased to now have these data available for our collective understanding of the impacts to Washingtonians,” said Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Based on the available data at this time, it does not appear we have the same stark inequities in deaths experienced in other parts of the country. However, we are still working to get race and ethnicity data for a third of the deaths, so we can’t draw firm conclusions quite yet.”

Note on race/ethnicity percentages: Due to rounding, percentages by race and ethnicity may not equal to 100%.

Note on the county and unassigned data: This data changes rapidly as labs conduct tests and discover new cases. Labs assign those cases to a county. Counties or the Department of Health then determine the appropriate county of jurisdiction. Those don’t always match initially. We’re working to reduce the “unassigned” number to 0. Contact the local health department for county specific information.

Note on the deaths: Some deaths may be reported by health care providers, medical examiners/coroners, local health departments, or others before they are included in the statewide count. It takes longer for the state to announce deaths because they are often reported first to the local health department and then to us.

Note on the number of infections: Public health experts agree that the true number of people who have been infected with COVID-19 in Washington greatly exceeds the number of COVID-19 infections that have been laboratory-confirmed. It is very difficult to know exactly how many people in Washington have been infected to date since most people with COVID-19 experience mild illness and the ability to get tested is still not widely available.

As we continue to compile these data, we will closely monitor and report changes and trends. DOH will continue critical work to identify and respond to inequities that impact Washington residents according to their race, ethnicity and other demographics.

Collectively, these data help us better understand trends in COVID-19 activity and potential risk factors for severe disease so we can better focus public health interventions as we continue to flatten the curve.

More information on COVID-19 is available from:

Washington State Department of Health

Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #, or text 211211

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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