The Washington State Department of Health reported 1,047 new Covid-19 cases Friday. It’s the first time since mid-July that the state has seen more than 1,000 coronavirus infections in a single day.
“In today’s numbers, we see more evidence that the surge isn’t coming – it’s here,” the department said in a press release.
The state has reported a total of 106,573 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, including 2,366 deaths.
“We are also concerned about the risk of overwhelming our hospital systems when we see cases spike like this,” State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said. “Our hospitals do not have unlimited capacity.”