Based on data from June 23, 2022, The Seattle Times reported that six Washington counties—Lewis, Pacific, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Garfield and Spokane counties—had reached a COVID-19 community risk level considered “high.” Counties with a “high” risk level have 200 or more cases or 20 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels tracker, fifteen counties in Washington are considered at “high” risk as of June 30, 2022. These counties are pictured below and include Clallam, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis, Pierce, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Ferry, Lincoln, Spokane, Walla Walla, Columbia and Asotin counties.
The CDC recommends that communities with a “high” COVID-19 community level risk wear masks in indoor public settings and when using public transportation, while continuing to prioritize staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and testing when symptomatic. Individuals who are at an increased risk of severe illness resulting from a COVID-19 infection should consider taking additional precautions to protect against COVID-19 in high-risk areas.