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Beacon staff 

COVID cases up

Close contact drives spread


Last updated 11/4/2020 at 9:51am

Courtesy of Snohomish Health District

Snohomish County infection rates for COVID-19 are on the rise. Numbers are approaching levels seen in March.

As COVID-19 cases climb, officials issue warnings about the upcoming holiday season and the tendency of people to spend more time indoors.

They caution that all should continue to socially distance, mask up and cleanse surroundings and hands. Gatherings should remain small and include mask-wearing as well. Dining can hike the risk for exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results," the CDC states.

Indoor settings are riskier for the spread of COVID-19, the Centers of Disease Control states, because of less ventilation and fewer options to stay distant from one another.

"Community and close contact exposures continue to drive the coronavirus disease," the CDC states.

The state Department of Health reported a total of 105,557 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 28. To date, 2,359 deaths in Washington state are attributed to COVID-19.

In Snohomish County, 8,867 confirmed cases were reported as of Oct. 29, with another 1,248 probable cases awaiting results. Restaurants in Mill Creek saw temporary closures recently, due to COVID-positive employees. For more Snohomish County information on COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/2TEcxeY

Look for more local news in the print edition of the Mill Creek Beacon, on Nov. 6.


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