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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee warned of increasing COVID cases in Washington as hospitals are again filling with patients.

He held a press conference on Thursday, encouraging Washingtonians to get vaccinated.

“The situation is – I’m not asking people to listen to the governor – I’m asking people to listen to the facts,” he said.

He said half of hospitalizations for COVID-19 are people under the age of 50.

Inslee also introduced the new secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, Cheryl Strange.

One week ago he said Washington state is on the verge of a fourth COVID surge as cases are climbing in the state.

Inslee said hospitalizations are also up, and that there is an increase in spread among young people. He also blamed the new variants, saying they are more transmittable and dangerous.

Last Saturday, Inslee announced he would re-authorize the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for use in Washington.

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