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Washington Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 1,000

The number of COVID-19 cases over in Washington continues to grow. State health officials revealed that there's an additional 337 coronavirus cases on Saturday. Eight new COVID-19 related deaths raised the toll to 1,000. In all, there are now about 18,288 coronavirus cases in Washington since the pandemic came out.

The latest numbers from Washington throws a bit of shade to the plans of Governor Jay Inslee to reopen parts of the economy together with plans to deploy a contact-tracing brigade, the Seattle Times reported. Inslee has been called on to come up with a comprehensive plan to increase COVID-19 testing to determine people who are exposed to the virus.

According to Dr. Charissa Fotinos, the Washington State Health Care Authority deputy chief medical officer, a near-term testing plan could be released in the next few months. However, this may not necessarily be a comprehensive plan that is being asked. The state needs a long-term plan that would include people with no symptoms but is working that could place people around them at risk.

On May 1, a testing plan was announced. It included a surveillance plan that would monitor close to 100,000 randomly chosen patients. It remains, however, that Washington is also groping for materials and supplies as the government continues to struggle in providing adequate testing supplies and protocols. These would explain why the state is suffering and reporting more cases and casualties.

The frequency of tests made right now is adequate but leaves a lot to be desired. And while some criticize and continue to rant on the availability of testing materials, there is also the possibility that Washington officials have their hands tied. Coming up with a plan for people to see would help but there could be missing information that these reports would need. Hence, it all boomerangs back to the U.S. government as far as states struggling to come up with a long-term plan against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related to the plans of reopening businesses, Fox News reported how Inslee retracted the order on restaurants to log incoming customers amid the coronavirus. This was meant to aid in more accurate contact tracing data collection. The move was criticized since people were wary of sharing their personal information, putting their fundamental rights to privacy and association at risk. This is despite Inslee assuring everyone that the information collected will only be shared with public health officials and no one else. Further, all data would be destroyed if they are not used within 30 days.

Reading and COVID-19 Creative activities like reading, cooking and gardening have been shown to be helpful in giving people a peaceful environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

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