SEATTLE, WA — After the first day without a coronavirus-related death in weeks Sunday, the death toll has once again risen in Washington. Monday state health officials confirmed six new deaths linked to COVID-19, and 275 new confirmed cases of the disease.
The new numbers mean a total of 21,977 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Washington since the outbreak began, and 1,124 people have died. A total of 365,272 Washingtonians have been tested for the coronavirus, meaning roughly six percent of tests come back positive.
Starting Monday the new county-based Safe Start plan went into effect, meaning each county is now being independently judged on their individual coronavirus transmission rates. The state will use the number of new cases and other metrics to determine which counties can move ahead into further phases of reopening, which will allow business to slowly return to usual as they progress. Already,