COVID-19 is spreading faster than humans can be vaccinated, and cases and hospitalizations are rising across King County, raising concerns about the rate of reopening. If cases continue to rise over the next week or two, the county may return to Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Less than two weeks later, on March 22, Washington State entered its third phase, allowing up to 10 people from different homes to gather indoors and up to 50 people to gather outdoors. The recent increase in hospitalizations over the past few weeks has been attributed in part to coronavirus variants. More than 600 cases of variation have been identified in the King’s time, and the number continues to grow.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines on Friday, saying fully vaccinated people can travel to the United States without being screened or quarantined for coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. Still, Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the CDC, urged caution, saying he would be “generally against traveling,” given the growing number of infections. According to the CDC, more than 100 million people (or about 30% of the population) in the United States have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose.
Governor Inslee announced this week that all 16-year-olds will be vaccinated on April 15. This means that more than 6 million people will be eligible. Public health professionals need to be patient, as appointments can take weeks.
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