The Washington state Department of Health reported 1,408 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Friday.

Pierce County reported 218 cases and no new deaths. The county has 535 deaths likely caused by COVID-19, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Statewide totals from the illness caused by the coronavirus are 412,483 and 5,564 deaths. Those numbers are up from 411,075 cases and 5,553 deaths as of Thursday. The case total includes 31,184 infections listed as probable. DOH revises previous case and death counts daily.

Washington’s population is estimated at about 7.6 million, according to U.S. Census figures from July 2019.


As of April 26, the date with the most recent complete data, 86 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were admitted to Washington state hospitals.

Preliminary reports indicate average daily hospital admissions were increasing at 56 in mid-April.


According to the CDC, 6.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Washington.

On the national level, about 150.4 million shots of the approved vaccines have been given, according to CDC statistics.

As of Friday, 32.5% of Washington residents and 33.4% of the adult U.S. population have been fully vaccinated.

On April 15, all Washington residents ages 16 and older became eligible for the vaccine.


On April 18, the most recent date with confirmed testing data, 7,025 specimens were collected statewide, with 8.1% testing positive.

The average positive test rate for the seven days prior was 6.3%. The test numbers reflect only polymerase chain reaction tests, which are administered while the virus is presumably still active in the body.

County numbers

According to DOH data, King County, with the state’s highest population, continues to have the highest numbers in Washington, with 104,573 cases and 1,532 deaths. Pierce County, second in population, is second in cases, with 50,790. Pierce County has the second-highest number of deaths, at 655, according to DOH, which counts deaths differently than the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

All counties in Washington have at least 100 cases. Only 11 of the state’s 39 counties have case counts of fewer than 1,000.

U.S. and world numbers

There have been more than 32.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 580,811 deaths from the virus in the United States as of Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has the highest total number of reported cases and deaths of any nation.

More than 3.3 million people have died from the disease worldwide. Global cases exceed 156 million.

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Lauren Kirschman is the UW Huskies beat writer for The News Tribune. She previously covered the Pittsburgh Steelers for A Pennsylvania native and a University of Pittsburgh graduate, she also covered college athletics for the Beaver County Times from 2012-2016.

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