Okanogan County has confirmed 14 more cases of COVID-19 and lost one more individual to the disease in the past week. Two of the new cases were in Twisp. The new infections bring the cumulative cases to 1,204 and the deaths to 14 as of Monday (Nov. 16).
Several of the current cases in Okanogan County have been serious enough to require hospitalization. One person was being treated at Three Rivers Hospital for two weeks, and at least one was receiving care at Mid-Valley Hospital, Okanogan County Community Health Director Lauri Jones said.
The county has been working hard to keep the virus from spiking here, during a massive surge in cases across the state and country in recent weeks. Just two weeks ago, Washington announced 1,000 new cases in a day for the first time since mid-summer. In those two weeks, average daily cases have doubled, now regularly topping 2,000 a day, according to the Washington Department of Health.
In the United States, cases have been surging out of control, with an average of 150,000 new cases each day — and 1 million in the past week. This past weekend, the country announced its 11 millionth case. Deaths from COVID are expected to surpass a quarter of a million this week.
The United States has had more cases of COVID than any country in the world — and lost more people to the disease.
India has reported the next-highest number of cases — 8.84 million — in a population more than four times higher than the United States’. In all, 54.6 million people across the world have become ill and 1.32 million have died.
Brazil has suffered the second-highest number of deaths, losing 166,000 to the disease.