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By Jana Hill 

Health officials: hospitals are almost at capacity

Surge is slowing, but more effort is needed


Last updated 12/2/2020 at 2:42pm

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Hospitals are filling and officials are concerned about the ability for staffing and other resources to meet the demand of both COVID-19 and other emergency needs. They ask that people avoid in-person gatherings during the holidays to decrease spread, as all await a vaccine.

Health officials continue to plead for avoidance of gatherings during the holidays and continued compliance with COVID-19 restrictions in order to rein in a surge that threatens to overwhelm hospital resources.

Snohomish County's snapshot data is here: The county count is 13,569 cases since January and 275 deaths, as of Nov. 25. Currently 76 confirmed COVID patients are hospitalized, and another 9 people in the hospital are suspected of having the virus. A dozen are on ventilators.

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