New COVID cases are up 86% from a week ago as the Omicron variant tightens its grip.
Seattle joins Miami and New York as new COVID cases surge 32% over the weekend.
Trevor Bedford predicts 50 percent of the United States will catch Omicron as official await a tidal wave of new cases.
Seattle will be one of the first cities in the United States to face the full force of the Omicron COVID variant.
Dr. Lindquist says, "This does not bode well to have an event this early with Omicron in Washington state."
Cases are holding steady in Washington while leaders in Europe express growing concern over rapidly increasing hospitalizations.
A new study found that Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines perform poorly without a booster.
The first three cases are among young adults who live in Western Washington.
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and New York reported new Omicron variant cases today.
Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association states, "I think that there is almost no chance that it's not [here.]"