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By Jana Hill 

Third wave of COVID-19 is 'explosive'

Officials issue a call to action, so hospitals are not overwhelmed


Last updated 11/25/2020 at 3:55pm

Graphic courtesy of Snohomish Health District

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise as statewide restrictions take hold, to bring numbers back to a safer level.

Infection rates for COVID-19 are creating a crushing need to double down on prevention efforts to avoid overwhelming hospital resources, as the holiday season arrives.

The two-week rolling average of positive cases in the county is 10 times higher than the goal. Officials say that pace is dangerous because if hospital resources are overwhelmed, the safety for both COVID-19 patients and other emergency patients is in jeopardy.

"We're increasing 50% per week. So when you hear the term exponential growth, that's what's occurring," said Snohomish County Health Officer Chris Spitters in a weekly...

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