Okanogan County recorded 32 new cases of COVID-19 from May 25 through 27. Because of the holiday weekend, data weren’t available yet for the rest of the week.
The case count included five infections in Twisp, all reported on Thursday (May 27). In May before that date, there had been a total of six cases in the Methow — one in Twisp, four in Winthrop, and one in Methow.
Total new infections in the county have continued to decline, from 102 in the 14 days ending May 20, to 88 a week later. The incidence rate over 14 days, extrapolated to a population of 100,000, was 230 on May 20, and 204 on May 27.
The vaccination rate of county residents has inched up ever so slightly, from 39% to 39.5%, according to Okanogan County Public Health.
The county reports all new COVID infections, but if they adjust the numbers to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated people, there’s a significant difference. The incidence rate among unvaccinated people was 339 per 100,000, Public Health Communications Consultant Jessica Kuzma said at a meeting on Thursday (May 27).
The Washington Department of Health (DOH) is tracking so-called breakthrough infections — cases of COVID in people who have been fully vaccinated.
Since DOH started tracking COVID infections by vaccination status in mid-January (when the first people to be vaccinated would have developed full immunity, 14 days after their second dose), there have been 1,471 breakthrough cases out of a total of 137,805 COVID cases in Washington (47 per 100,000).
As of May 22, approximately 3.5 million people in the state had been vaccinated.
DOH isn’t reporting breakthrough infections by geographic area because the numbers are so low that it could violate privacy regulations, according to Kristen Maki, a public information officer for DOH.
DOH didn’t have detailed information on all the breakthrough cases. Of the three-quarters they did have information for, 75% of the people had symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 23 died. Of those 23, at least 17 had one or more underlying condition and 12 lived in a long-term care facility, DOH said. DOH didn’t have details about the others.