Editor’s note: This online article has been updated from the print edition with additional data.
Enumclaw’s daily COVID case record was broken not once, not twice, but three times during Christmas week.
However, the record was again broken when 35 COVID cases were counted on Dec. 23, 2021.
Finally, another new record was set Dec. 29, 2021 with 52 cases.
The following days, Dec. 30 and 31, each counted 41 and 46 COVID cases respectively.
In total, roughly 285 additional COVID cases have been reported in Enumclaw since Dec. 20. However, it’s unclear how many tests were administered during this time; “PCR test result counts and test positivity have not been updated since August 30, 2021, due to reporting delays of negative COVID-19 test results,” the county said on its dashboard webpage. “This does not affect reporting of positive results or new cases.”
The county has said it expects to resume counting negative COVID tests sometime this month.
Only two additional hospitalizations were reported during the Christmas week — one on Dec. 23, and the other on Christmas day.
No deaths have been reported that week.
Enumclaw’s total COVID case count has now risen to 2,402 as of Jan. 3, with a total of 112 hospitalizations and 37 deaths.
The city’s ratios of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths to population remain higher than King County as a whole.
According to county data, Enumclaw’s case ratio (cases per 100,00 residents) is at 20,220, whereas the county’s is at 9,356.
The city’s hospitalizations ratio (hospitalizations per 100,000 residents) is at 942, whereas the county is at 412.
Finally, the local death ratio (deaths per 100,000 residents) is near 312, more than three times the county’s ratio of 96.
Little has changed in the way of vaccination rates since Dec. 20.
According to King County data, the 98022 ZIP code area remains the second-least vaccinated area in the state, with 69.5 percent of residents 12 years of age and older having received at least one vaccine dose.