Forecasts predict Washington hospitals will be completely overwhelmed with over 3,800 COVID patients by February.
Seattle will be one of the first cities in the United States to face the full force of the Omicron COVID variant.
The first three cases are among young adults who live in Western Washington.
COVID vaccination rates are increasing again as concern over the Delta variant grows - no change in mask guidance.
Officials are expressing deepening concern as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain nationally.