YAKIMA — The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in Yakima County, with the total number of cases closing in on 5,000.
The Yakima Health District reported 215 more infections Monday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 4,929.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported deaths from COVID-19 remained at 96.
“We are a hot spot for COVID-19,” health district spokeswoman Lilian Bravo said.
She said it’s too early to tell what kind of impact recent public gatherings in support of Black Lives Matter may have on the spread of the virus because it can take up to 14 days before symptoms become apparent.
“We need to start taking it more seriously,” Bravo said. “We have to commit as a community and take responsibility for our own actions to protect the community as a whole.”
The county’s infection rate is more than 537 per 100,000 people over 14 days.
Based on information from patients who reported their race and ethnicity, Latinos make up a majority of cases with 67%, followed by whites, who account for more than 25%, according to the health district.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.