North Bend has highest rate of COVID-positive tests in the county

Courtesy image

Courtesy image

North Bend has the highest positive COVID test rate of any city in the county. Over the past two weeks, from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4, there were 58 new cases, with a 25.7% positive test rate. There were five hospitalizations and one death.

That positive test rate is more than double the county rate of 10.9%, and North Bend has the highest rate of positive cases in all King County cities, at 849 cases per 100,000 residents.

Over the last month, there were 88 new cases reported in the city, a 51% monthly increase. Nearly all of these were in people under age 60, according to a press release from the city of North Bend.

An outbreak at the Red Oak Residence has led to 21 positive tests as of Jan. 6, according to Seattle and King County Public Health. The outbreak has sickened 10 residents, 10 staff and one visitor who reportedly didn’t enter the facility. There has been one death associated with the outbreak, and one additional hospitalization.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

King County weather: Dec. 3-5

Here is your King County area weather forecast for Dec. 3-5, 2021.… Continue reading

Keith Wagoner
Senator becomes first GOP candidate for secretary of state

Sen. Keith Wagoner will challenge Democrat Steve Hobbs, who was appointed to the statewide post in November

A pedestrian walks along Snoqualmie Parkway in October 2019. File photo
Snoqualmie City Council outlines priorities for state legislators in 2022

The Snoqualmie City Council has listed funding for the Snoqualmie Parkway and… Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier visits North Bend to promote infrastructure bill

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier visited North Bend on Nov. 29 as part… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge & Spa. File photo
Snoqualmie Tribe concerned with unregulated air traffic at Snoqualmie Falls

Tribe urges federal regulators to introduce flight restrictions over sacred site.

The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is located at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
FEMA to send mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit to Western Washington

The mobile site is set to open Dec. 20 in Federal Way; additional locations to come.

Aftermath of crash at intersection of NE Woodinville Duvall Road and West Snoqualmie Valley Road (Screenshot from King County Sheriff's Office Facebook account)
Teen walks away from horrible crash in rural East King County

First responders found the overturned and crushed vehicle abandoned near Duvall.

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Washington health officials discuss response to new COVID variant

Things will be handled with Omicron variant similar to the Delta variant.

File photo
As new COVID-19 variant looms, vaccination disparities linger in King County

County data shows gaps among age, geography and race.

Most Read