Enumclaw broke its own daily COVID-19 record in December with 22 reported cases. Screenshot

Enumclaw broke its own daily COVID-19 record in December with 22 reported cases. Screenshot

Enumclaw breaks daily COVID case record in December

21 reported coronavirus cases were seen on Dec. 13.

Editor’s note: The print version of the article reported 22 cases on Dec. 13. Updated information actually shows 21 cases being reported on that day.

Enumclaw set a new daily record for the number of COVID-19 cases last December.

Until the winter, Enumclaw’s record number of coronavirus cases in a day was 15, which was recorded March 28, 2020.

But as the number of cases appear to have grown exponentially starting last November, a new record of 21 cases was set on Dec. 13. This was followed by another 17 cases recorded on Dec. 16.

However, it’s possible — even likely — that increased testing in the city led to the new record being set, potentially indicating that the number of COVID-19 cases reported by King County in the city have been underrepresented.

The city of Enumclaw, in partnership with Mutual of Enumclaw and Public Health-Seattle & King County, set up a COVID-19 testing site on Dec. 10 right across the street from city hall.

The testing site remains open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the foreseeable future.

According to King County data, a vastly increased number of Enumclaw residents began being tested for COVID when the testing site opened; on Dec. 11, 95 people were tested, followed by 140 people on Dec. 13 and a record 171 people on Dec. 16. There’s typically a 1 to 3 day delay in reporting when tests were taken and the results obtained, which explains why the data reported by King County appears to fall on days when the Enumclaw testing site was not open.

CURRENT NUMBERS

In total, Enumclaw has experienced 460 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, though the majority of cases (299) have occurred between November and Jan. 1, 2021.

There have been a total of 43 hospitalizations, the majority of which occurred at the beginning of the pandemic in late March and early April. However, hospitalizations have picked up in recent months, with 14 being recorded between November and Dec. 25, 2020, the last recorded hospitalization.

The total number of coronavirus deaths is 28, most having occurred in the first couple months of the pandemic. The last death was recorded Dec. 19, 2020.

Enumclaw’s positive case rate, hospitalization rate, and death rate remain higher than King County as a whole.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Chad Wheeler. COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks
Ex-Seahawk Wheeler accused of attacking girlfriend in Kent apartment

Lineman charged with first-degree domestic violence assault

A lawsuit is accusing the Rainier School of medical neglect leading to the death of a client. The facility has since denied these allegations.
Rainier School answers lawsuit alleging wrongful death of client

Client JoHanna Pratt died November 2017 due to a pulmonary embolism.

An AR-15. Courtesy photo
Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

Lawmakers are eyeing a number of bills which could change firearm regulations in the state.

The Enumclaw School District closed Kibler Elementary for 10 days, taking precautions after five staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Kibler Elementary closed due to COVID cases, district watching case counts

The school won’t reopen until Feb. 1 due to five staff members coming down with COVID-19.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Lawmakers consider prohibiting use of credit score to determine insurance rates

Advocates say credit scoring makes low-income and minority policy holders pay more for coverage.

Image courtesy Public Health Insider
The new variant COVID-19 strain is here. Here’s what you need to know

Data is showing the new strain is more infectious and may cause more serious illnesses.

Student Teigen Johnson was rapid tested for COVID during one of his first days back to school at Foothills Elementary. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Pierce County health department shows low rate of COVID-19 spread in schools

The White River School District was part of a pilot program that concluded the coronavirus spread in schools is low.

Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-Auburn) in Olympia. Courtesy photo
Fortunato introduces three bills to help seniors qualify for property tax exemptions

One bill, if passed, would allow seniors at least 75 years old to not pay property taxes at all.

Blotter bug
Black Diamond police blotter | Jan. 4 – 10

A choking child, stolen cupcakes, and parenting issues.

Most Read