Case Information

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Monthly Summary Report Updated 05/18/2023

The level of COVID-19 virus present in Port Townsend wastewater is currently 1.8 billion copies of the SARS-CoV-2 gene per person, per day. 

That data indicates a downward trend in the presence of COVID-19 in our community. Wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask in indoor, crowded spaces can help reduce the risk of transmission. 

Three COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred within the last month, bringing the all-time number of hospitalizations to 188. Of the hospitalizations, two individuals were in their 70s and 80s, who were up-to-date on vaccinations, who had multiple underlying conditions. Another was in their 50s, unvaccinated, with multiple underlying conditions.

No COVID-19 deaths were reported. The all-time number of deaths reported is 37.

When do I wear a mask?

Jefferson County Public Health staff recommend wearing a mask in all indoor settings when:

  • You’re sick
  • Those around you are sick
  • The indoor space you’re in is crowded and not well ventilated 
  • You care for people who are vulnerable to severe illness, such as those 65 and older or who are immunocompromised.

Anyone who manages a publicly-accessible space may require members of the public to wear a mask. Please continue to respect the rules of the room you’re in.

Wastewater dashboard

To see COVID-19 concentration levels in wastewater in Port Townsend, click the downward arrow on the dropdown menu on the left-hand side of the dashboard and scroll down to select "PT." Levels are measured in SARS-CoV-2 gene copies per person per day. The dashboards are maintained by the Washington State Department of Health. View all of their COVID-19 data online by clicking here.