Cars lined up at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital on March 26 as people awaited their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the hospital’s first mass vaccination event. Contributed by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

Cars lined up at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital on March 26 as people awaited their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the hospital’s first mass vaccination event. Contributed by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

COVID-19 update: Valley cases trend down

Cases of COVID-19 have been increasing across King County in recent weeks as health officials warn of a fourth wave in this long pandemic.

As of April 27, there had been 4,815 tests that had come back positive for the coronavirus and 222 people hospitalized. Six people died during that time. Countywide, coronavirus rates are roughly at the same level as they were in early November, when the county was climbing toward its worst wave.

This comes even as more people are receiving COVID-19 vaccines. As of April 27, 61% of county residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 39% were fully vaccinated.

According to the county, the East King County region, which includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and Carnation, had the second-lowest cumulative rate of infections since the pandemic began more than a year ago — second only to Vashon Island.

In both Snoqualmie and North Bend, cases have been mostly trending down during April, after spiking at the end of March. Snoqualmie’s 14-day count of new COVID-19 cases was 13, and no deaths were reported. North Bend’s 14-day count was only six cases, with no deaths.

Fall City’s 14-day count for positive cases was only four, with no deaths. Cases in Carnation were even lower, with only two positive cases over the last two weeks and no deaths.

South King County remains the area most heavily affected by the pandemic, with areas from Tukwila to Federal Way seeing the highest rates.

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