COVID hospital numbers looking better in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say COVID-19 hospital admission rates “look better” but hospitalizations still remain high. Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, said during a weekly news briefing Monday that deaths continue to rise — an expected trend that often comes two to four weeks after a surge of hospitalizations. She said about 30 people in the stat are dying of the coronavirus each day. The Seattle Times reports that as of two weeks ago, the state Department of Health’s most recent, complete COVID-19 data, Washington’s average hospitalization rate was about 14.7 admissions per 100,000 people, down from 17.7 admissions per 100,000 people in late August.