COVID-19 cases appear to be flattening — at dangerous level

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say the record levels of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization in Washington state that started in early to mid-July appear to be flattening — but at a dangerous level. The Seattle Times reports the state is still seeing its highest rates yet of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, but officials say the epidemiological curves are leveling. State epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist said Wednesday that as of last week, the state was seeing a seven-day average of about 180 hospitalizations per day, compared to an average of about 195 hospital admissions per day at the end of August. While the new numbers are encouraging, Lindquist said “we are not over this pandemic.”