PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Jay Inslee 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.
Dr. Dave Carlson, the chief physician officer of MultiCare in Pierce County, said that the vaccine is working but that the disease is still spreading.
On the day Washington opened their vaccine availability to anyone 16-and-over last week, Inslee warned about an increase in COVID cases in the state.
“There’s strong evidence of a 4th wave potentially developing in the state of Washington,” he said during a press briefing held outside of his residence.
“We have to prevent it from happening,” he said. He encouraged people to go outside when doing social and recreational activities to help stop the spread.