Another day and more COVID-19 cases reported in Yakima County. Yakima Health District officials say they're seeing increases in cases everyday.

CASES SPIKING BUT NOT HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS

Last week the case count was 462 cases per 100,00. Today the number is 540 cases per 100,000. Health officials still term the level of community transmission as high. But while cases are spiking Yakima isn't seeing big increases in hospitalizations or deaths. In fact last friday 39 people were hospitalized. Today the number is 32 with no new deaths. 440 people have died over the last year and a half with 417 people who had underlying health conditions.

NO MASK MANDATES YET JUST RECOMMENDATIONS

On Thursday health officials from around the state including the Yakima Valley issued a statement that recommends people wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. So far Thurston and Snohomish counties are the only areas in the state where masks indoors are mandated.
Local health officials urge everyone who is unvaccinated to get the vaccine and to wash hands on a frequent basis.

TESTING IS AVAILABLE IN YAKIMA MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

They're not only concerned about COVID-19 but also air quality. In fact the Yakima Community Based Testing site at Yakima's State Fair Park was closed Friday and Saturday because of the poor air quality. The testing is available August 16 - August 20 from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. You can call 2-1-1 for the location of other testing sites in the Yakima Valley.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available throughout the community including at local pharmacies just like the flu shot.

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