SOUTH BEND — Another 20 cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Wednesday as the county’s 14-day case rate exceeded quadruple digits and surpassed 400 cases, milestones most locals would have considered unthinkable just earlier this month.
With the new reported cases included, coming just a day after 55 more positive cases had been identified on Nov. 24, Pacific County’s total case count sits at 415 since the beginning of the pandemic — including both confirmed and probable cases awaiting further verification.
Almost as many cases, 197, are active and being monitored by public health nurses as are inactive, 218. Seven Pacific County residents have been hospitalized since last week, after just eight individuals had been hospitalized over the first eight months of the pandemic.
The county’s case rate per 100,000 people over a two-week rolling average currently stands at 1,077. That figure stood at 180 just seven days ago, and was as low as 23 earlier this month on Nov. 4.
The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department also released long-awaited data sorted by zip code today that show the northern half of the county has been hit hardest by the coronavirus so far. Of the 415 total cases, 184 (44% of the county’s total) and 105 (25%) have consisted of individuals whose permanent residence is attributed to the Raymond and South Bend zip codes, respectively.
While the Long Beach Peninsula comprises about half of Pacific County’s population, it makes up at most roughly 25% of the total reported cases in the county since the pandemic began; 35 cases have been attributed to Long Beach, 19 cases have been attributed to both Ilwaco and Ocean Park, 18 cases have been attributed to Seaview, and no more than five cases have been attributed to Oysterville and Nahcotta.
Ten of the reported cases have been attributed to Naselle, while five or fewer cases have been reported in Bay Center, Chinook, Lebam, Menlo and Tokeland. While the data identifies how many individuals in a given zip code have contracted the virus, the county health department stressed that it is not a representation of where covid-19 exposure or transmission occurred.
While recent cases have been more concentrated in north county than in south county, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott McDougall said Tuesday that the virus "truly is in every part of the county," and urged everyone to take precaution when going out.
Pacific County Health and Human Services strongly encourages the public to limit non-essential travel, maintain social distancing of at least six feet between persons, and practice personal protective measures to include: correctly wearing a mask/face covering in public, washing hands often with soapy water for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face. For up to date information and guidance, please monitor the Pacific County Health and Human Services Facebook page or visit www.pacificcountycovid19.com.