Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Washington

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September 22, 2021
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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Washington

As has been true throughout America’s COVID-19 history, every state—and every county therein—has its own COVID-19 story, driven by local policies and behaviors. The United States as of Sep. 21 had reached678,353 COVID-19-related deaths and 42.4 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Feb. 2, more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came. More than 80% of these cases by late July were caused by the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original virus. This has resulted in growing rates of community transmission and—especially in counties with lower vaccination rates—increasing rates of hospitalization and death.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Washington using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100k residents within the past week as of Sep. 20, 2021. Cumulative cases per 100k served as a tiebreaker Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

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#39. San Juan County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 17 (3 new cases, -80% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 1,587 (279 total cases)
--- 80.5% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 0 (0 total deaths)
--- 100.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.3% (12,888 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.8% higher vaccination rate than Washington
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#38. Jefferson County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 152 (49 new cases, -46% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 2,709 (873 total cases)
--- 66.8% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 34 (11 total deaths)
--- 64.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.8% (22,487 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.2% higher vaccination rate than Washington
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#37. King County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 176 (3,954 new cases, +6% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,455 (145,409 total cases)
--- 20.8% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 81 (1,821 total deaths)
--- 14.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.9% (1,596,800 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.0% higher vaccination rate than Washington
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#36. Columbia County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 176 (7 new cases, -61% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 7,127 (284 total cases)
--- 12.6% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 151 (6 total deaths)
--- 58.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.6% (1,578 fully vaccinated)
--- 36.3% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#35. Island County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 203 (173 new cases, +53% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 3,663 (3,119 total cases)
--- 55.1% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 45 (38 total deaths)
--- 52.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.5% (48,970 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.6% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#34. Thurston County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 248 (720 new cases, +7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 5,757 (16,726 total cases)
--- 29.4% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 61 (176 total deaths)
--- 35.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.0% (165,648 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.4% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#33. Whatcom County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 248 (568 new cases, +10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 5,995 (13,743 total cases)
--- 26.5% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 57 (130 total deaths)
--- 40.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.2% (154,164 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.0% higher vaccination rate than Washington
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#32. Snohomish County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 250 (2,055 new cases, +11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,796 (55,870 total cases)
--- 16.6% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 82 (678 total deaths)
--- 13.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.1% (510,777 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.2% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#31. Clark County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 257 (1,254 new cases, +1% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 7,243 (35,364 total cases)
--- 11.2% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 80 (389 total deaths)
--- 15.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.0% (273,368 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.0% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#30. Pierce County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 276 (2,497 new cases, -15% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,675 (78,507 total cases)
--- 6.4% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 84 (762 total deaths)
--- 11.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.2% (499,798 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.3% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#29. Kitsap County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 282 (766 new cases, -1% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 5,107 (13,865 total cases)
--- 37.4% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 60 (162 total deaths)
--- 36.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.3% (152,712 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.5% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#28. Skamania County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 290 (35 new cases, +9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 4,842 (585 total cases)
--- 40.6% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 25 (3 total deaths)
--- 73.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 35.4% (4,274 fully vaccinated)
--- 43.1% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#27. Wahkiakum County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 312 (14 new cases, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 5,080 (228 total cases)
--- 37.7% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 111 (5 total deaths)
--- 16.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.1% (1,980 fully vaccinated)
--- 29.1% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#26. Skagit County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 313 (405 new cases, +5% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,755 (8,728 total cases)
--- 17.1% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 70 (90 total deaths)
--- 26.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.3% (75,321 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.3% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#25. Whitman County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 323 (162 new cases, +23% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,207 (5,114 total cases)
--- 25.2% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 110 (55 total deaths)
--- 15.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.8% (20,449 fully vaccinated)
--- 34.4% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#24. Kittitas County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 355 (170 new cases, +81% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,872 (4,253 total cases)
--- 8.8% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 90 (43 total deaths)
--- 5.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.9% (22,961 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.0% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#23. Klickitat County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 361 (81 new cases, +1% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,577 (1,475 total cases)
--- 19.3% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 62 (14 total deaths)
--- 34.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.5% (9,541 fully vaccinated)
--- 31.7% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#22. Garfield County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 404 (9 new cases, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,404 (187 total cases)
--- 3.1% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 315 (7 total deaths)
--- 231.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 30.5% (678 fully vaccinated)
--- 51.0% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#21. Spokane County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 404 (2,111 new cases, -9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,844 (61,922 total cases)
--- 45.3% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 161 (843 total deaths)
--- 69.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.9% (276,484 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.0% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#20. Mason County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 422 (282 new cases, +18% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,749 (4,506 total cases)
--- 17.2% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 78 (52 total deaths)
--- 17.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.2% (34,217 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.7% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#19. Pacific County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 445 (100 new cases, +54% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 6,947 (1,561 total cases)
--- 14.8% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 98 (22 total deaths)
--- 3.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.4% (10,879 fully vaccinated)
--- 22.2% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#18. Clallam County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 497 (384 new cases, -2% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 4,789 (3,703 total cases)
--- 41.3% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 45 (35 total deaths)
--- 52.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.8% (47,024 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.3% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#17. Chelan County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 508 (392 new cases, +7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,399 (9,572 total cases)
--- 52.1% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 117 (90 total deaths)
--- 23.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.4% (45,886 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.5% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#16. Ferry County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 511 (39 new cases, +62% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 7,382 (563 total cases)
--- 9.4% less cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 131 (10 total deaths)
--- 37.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.7% (3,564 fully vaccinated)
--- 24.9% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#15. Yakima County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 515 (1,292 new cases, +21% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,517 (38,928 total cases)
--- 90.3% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 204 (512 total deaths)
--- 114.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.2% (128,568 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.7% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#14. Walla Walla County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 527 (320 new cases, +24% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,730 (7,735 total cases)
--- 56.2% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 138 (84 total deaths)
--- 45.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.6% (33,153 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.2% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#13. Douglas County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 532 (231 new cases, -5% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,114 (5,261 total cases)
--- 48.6% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 60 (26 total deaths)
--- 36.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.3% (22,283 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.5% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#12. Cowlitz County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 543 (600 new cases, +10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,068 (11,135 total cases)
--- 23.5% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 153 (169 total deaths)
--- 61.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.7% (57,189 fully vaccinated)
--- 16.9% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#11. Pend Oreille County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 546 (75 new cases, +9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,766 (1,203 total cases)
--- 7.5% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 95 (13 total deaths)
--- 0.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 33.8% (4,633 fully vaccinated)
--- 45.7% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#10. Grays Harbor County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 553 (415 new cases, +20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,995 (6,752 total cases)
--- 10.3% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 129 (97 total deaths)
--- 35.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.4% (38,557 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.4% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#9. Lewis County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 564 (455 new cases, -10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,366 (8,366 total cases)
--- 27.2% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 130 (105 total deaths)
--- 36.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.8% (36,167 fully vaccinated)
--- 28.0% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#8. Grant County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 590 (577 new cases, +11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,750 (13,438 total cases)
--- 68.7% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 115 (112 total deaths)
--- 21.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.3% (45,212 fully vaccinated)
--- 25.6% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#7. Benton County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 592 (1,210 new cases, +10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,482 (27,555 total cases)
--- 65.4% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 149 (304 total deaths)
--- 56.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.1% (100,343 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.1% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#6. Stevens County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 626 (286 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,326 (3,807 total cases)
--- 2.1% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 109 (50 total deaths)
--- 14.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 33.2% (15,158 fully vaccinated)
--- 46.6% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#5. Okanogan County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 632 (267 new cases, +12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,635 (4,070 total cases)
--- 18.2% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (51 total deaths)
--- 27.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.5% (25,114 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.3% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#4. Asotin County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 655 (148 new cases, +63% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,305 (2,327 total cases)
--- 26.4% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 168 (38 total deaths)
--- 76.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 34.9% (7,882 fully vaccinated)
--- 43.9% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#3. Adams County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 681 (136 new cases, +64% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,257 (2,849 total cases)
--- 74.9% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 125 (25 total deaths)
--- 31.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.9% (8,971 fully vaccinated)
--- 27.8% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#2. Franklin County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 717 (683 new cases, +1% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,039 (18,129 total cases)
--- 133.6% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 162 (154 total deaths)
--- 70.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.6% (39,602 fully vaccinated)
--- 33.1% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#1. Lincoln County, WA

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 814 (89 new cases, +7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,065 (1,101 total cases)
--- 23.5% more cases per 100k residents than Washington
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 146 (16 total deaths)
--- 53.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Washington
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.4% (4,854 fully vaccinated)
--- 28.6% lower vaccination rate than Washington

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