WENATCHEE — COVID-19 hospitalizations at Central Washington Hospital have hit their highest counts since early March.

Ten patients were hospitalized due to COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital on Wednesday, up from five patients a week ago, according to Confluence Health COVID-19 webpage. No COVID-19 patients were in the intensive care unit.

The last time the count was this high was March 8 when 11 patients were hospitalized.

“Though the pandemic has drastically improved, and our inpatient numbers are not currently at a problematic level, the recent increase in the number of positives in the community is extremely concerning,” said Katie Grove, Confluence Health spokesperson. “We want to encourage community members to take a COVID-19 test when they don’t feel well and stay home when sick.”

Case rates have also steadily been increasing with the latest 14-day case rate at 341.95 per 100,000 in Chelan and Douglas counties as of Thursday, according to the Chelan-Douglas Health District. A couple weeks ago, the case rate was 299.81 per 100,000.

Oscar Rodriguez: (509) 665-1179


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