Latest COVID-19 case numbers, deaths for Pierce County

Latest COVID-19 numbers for Pierce County.

Latest COVID-19 numbers for Pierce County.

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Pierce County reported 185 new cases of COVID-19 from March 6-12 and 11 deaths.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department said Tuesday the number of cases was “lower than expected” due to technical issues. The department planned to update the tally later on its dashboard once the full numbers were in.

As of March 15, 69.4% of people who died from COVID in the county had underlying health conditions, according to the health department’s dashboard.

The latest deaths include:

A woman in her eighties from the Gig Harbor area.

A man in the 90s from Lakewood.

A man in his fifties from Spanaway.

An octogenarian from Tacoma.

A woman in her forties from Spanaway.

A man in his 60s from University Place.

A man in his twenties from Bonney Lake.

A man in his 60s from University Place.

A woman in her 60s from Parkland.

A woman in her 60s from South Pierce County.

A man in his 60s from South Pierce County.

County totals are 183,884 cases and 1,293 deaths since the first confirmed case of the coronavirus was reported in March 2020.

Pierce County’s 14-day case rate per 100,000 was 145.3 from Feb. 20 to March 5, 35.3% lower than the previous 2-week period.

The 7-day hospitalization rate per 100,000 was 5 from February 27 to March 5, 31.5% lower than the 7-day period previously reported.

From February 2021 through January 2022, 75,969 of Pierce County’s cases involved unvaccinated people, according to the state Department of Health in its vaccine data report released March 2. That compares to 42,862 cases involving people vaccinated during the same period, according to the state DOH. . Updates to this report have been delayed due to “technical issues,” according to a note posted on the DOH website.

More information on testing is available on the Department of Health website.

GEOGRAPHIC TOTALS

Tuesday’s cumulative geographic totals, with March 8 totals in parentheses (totals now include both positive antigen tests and positive PCR tests):

▪ Lake Bonney: 6,557 (6,537)

▪ Central Pierce County: 8,572 (8,540)

▪ East Pierce County: 11,084 (11,058)

▪ Edgewood/Fife/Milton: 7,319 (7,293)

▪ Frederickson: 7,638 (7,616)

▪ Gig Harbor area: 7,226 (7,215)

▪ Graham: 7,436 (7,411)

▪ Key Peninsula: 2,416 (2,410)

▪ Tapps/Sumner Lake area: 7,569 (7,550)

▪ Lakewood: 13,501 (13,463)

▪ Base: 7,844 (7,816)

▪ Puyallup: 10,550 (10,520)

▪ South Hill: 11,543 (11,501)

▪ South Pierce County: 7,988 (7,966)

▪ Southwest Pierce County: 3,032 (3,026)

▪ Spaway: 8,750 (8,729)

▪ Tacoma: 46,052 (45,820)

▪ University place: 5,788 (5,762)

▪ Unknown: 2619 (2602)

VACCINES

Pierce County’s vaccination rate is 63.2% fully vaccinated for ages 5 and older, according to the state DOH.

Among Pierce County’s total population, the county is 59% fully immunized, compared to 67.2% for the state.

Percentage of people in each age group who have received at least one dose of vaccine in Pierce County, as posted March 10:

5-11: 27.9%

12-17: 60.4%

18-19: 77%

20-34: 72.3%

35-49: 78.4%

50-64: 79.6%

65-79: 84.5%

80 years and over: 93.7%

You can see vaccine uptake by census tract on the local health department website.

Go to tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture or the county’s FindYourCovidShot.com website for information on places offering vaccines and for vaccine registration. County-run walk-in vaccination sites and most TPCHD events no longer require an appointment, and all TPCHD events are for the first or second dose. Anyone age 5 or older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone age 16 or older is eligible for a booster six months after completing a two-dose mRNA vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two months after receiving the unique Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Under 18s require parent or guardian approval. Locations of individual vaccination sites can also be found on the state vaccine finder: vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

The health department’s call center to help those seeking vaccines is 253-649-1412.

This story was originally published March 15, 2022 3:29 p.m.

Debbie Cockrell has worked for The News Tribune since 2009. She reports on business and development, local and regional issues.

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