New cases may peak in Washington this week, but the surge in hospitalizations will continue through February.
Forecasts predict Washington hospitals will be completely overwhelmed with over 3,800 COVID patients by February.
COVID hospitalizations increased 49 percent in a week as new cases reach an unprecedented level in Western Washington.
Seattle joins Miami and New York as new COVID cases surge 32% over the weekend.
Seattle will be one of the first cities in the United States to face the full force of the Omicron COVID variant.
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.
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.
The Delta variant continues to rip through the unvaccinated prolonging the fifth wave.