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By Jana Hill 

FDA clears the way for first COVID-19 vaccine

Health District: Virus surge continues, prevention tactics still needed


Last updated 12/16/2020 at 11:56am

Graphic courtesy of Snohomish Health District

An increase in infection rates comes right before the holidays and two-thirds of infections are from close contacts and community contact: homes, workplaces, social settings, churches.

The FDA authorized emergency use of a new COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 11 on the same day the health district reminded the public that the virus is still surging.

Two-thirds of infections in the county from close contacts and community interactions, which includes homes and workplaces.

Cases in Snohomish County continue to be a concern, with the two-week rate at 428 per 100,000 residents through Dec. 5, the health district states. A health district update on Dec. 11 said hospitalization rates are high and the number of deaths continue to increase.

The FDA approval on Dec. 11 allows for emergency u...

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