High COVID Case Numbers Concern Health Officials; PC women’s basketball team cancels games

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Peninsula College announced the cancellations late Tuesday afternoon and confirmed Tuesday evening it was due to COVID-19 protocols. Peninsula College officials later released information that PC’s women’s basketball team has canceled its next three games due to positive COVID-19 test(s).

“We received a report of positive COVID test(s) so per (Northwest Athletic Conference) protocol the games were canceled. We are following protocols from NWAC and our local health officials,” stated Keri Desser, communication coordinator/public information officer for Peninsula College. Clallam County confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, while Jefferson County held steady with no new cases.

The recent rise in cases in the county is similar to that seen in November and that has North Olympic Peninsula health officials concerned about a possible uptick in hospitalizations and perhaps even deaths in the future. Jefferson County has seen a small increase in cases over the last month but is still in the state’s low-risk category. Five cases in the county have been confirmed so far in April, about 1.42 percent of the 351 cases in the past year, according to county Public Health data.

The women’s next three games were at Olympic on Wednesday, at home Saturday against Bellevue and on April 14 at Whatcom. More details on the number of positives were not provided.

All residents should continue to limit travel, social gatherings, social distance and wear face masks, health officials said. Clallam County, which is in the moderate-risk category, has confirmed 31 cases of COVID-19 so far this month, about 2.83 percent of the 1,096 cases during the past year, according to county data.

It’s to both Jefferson and Clallam counties’ benefit that both have vaccinated so many in high-risk groups, Berry said. But many with chronic conditions have yet to be vaccinated while variants like one from the U.K. are more contagious and cause more severe illness in otherwise healthy young adults. “It’s very worrisome,” Berry said. “When you look at the trajectory of our cases compared to the past, it really parallels almost exactly the rise in cases that we saw in November, before that really catastrophic wave we saw during the holiday season.” Berry said the majority of new cases stem from travel, social gatherings and work places.

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