Submitted by Lewis County Public Health & Social Services
Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) announced on June 30 that two more Lewis County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. None have been hospitalized.
Both residents are in their 50s. One lives in Commissioner District #1 and the other in District #2.
This brings the total number of known county residents with positive tests to 72, a nearly one-third increase of 23 cases since Lewis County was approved to enter Phase 3 on June 19.
Lewis County Health Officer Dr. Rachel Wood is concerned about the rising numbers now that the county is in Phase 3. “I am worried that our positive test numbers are up, and our percentage of tests coming back positive is up. It is really going to take a whole-community effort to not only beat COVID-19 but at this rate to prevent sliding back into Phase 2,” she said.
Dr. Wood urges everyone to follow the guidelines for stopping the coronavirus spread. “Anyone with any questions about how to protect themselves and prevent spread should contact the Health Department at 360-740-1222,” she said.
33 of the 70 Lewis County cases are now considered recovered under the current definition. Three of the 72 who tested positive have died. There have been 3,184 COVID-19 test results returned in Lewis County with a 2.3% positive rate.
Positive test cases and recoveries have occurred in all areas of the county. Breaking them down by County Commissioner district shows:
District 1…………. 33……………. 18
District 2…………. 28……………… 8
District 3…………. 11……………… 7
People can stay informed by following the Lewis County COVID-19 web page at covid19.lewiscountywa.gov, @LCPHSS on Twitter, or www.facebook.com/lcphss.
In addition, DOH has a call center to answer questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211.