New COVID cases are up 86% from a week ago as the Omicron variant tightens its grip.
Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association states, "I think that there is almost no chance that it's not [here.]"
Epidemiologists call travel bans politically motivated and ineffective as more cases are detected in Europe.
California and Colorado now recommend boosters for all as urgency grows to boost COVID immunity.
The most serious threat this winter isn't incremental staff cuts, it's Delta Plus.
More than 71% of all eligible Washingtonians are fully vaccinated and 77.6% have received at least one dose.
New cases and hospitalizations drift downward and the state vaccine mandate deadline is just a week away.
Phase 3 study shows Emory University developed molnupiravir cuts COVID hospitalizations and deaths in half.