[Updated for a 5th time on 8/13/20 to include latest data from King County Public Health, with 4 additional Snoqualmie cases added (2 city limits and 2 in unincorporated area) and 4 additional North Bend cases (1 city limits and 3 unincorporated area) added .]
The trend of new COVID-19 cases in Snoqualmie appears to be continuing into August, with 21 new cases reported so far this month. In nearby, more populous Issaquah, 11 new cases were reported in August.
After King County Public Health reported 15 new Snoqualmie (city limits) cases in July – a 400% increase over new June cases – King County reported another 21 new Snoqualmie cases during first 12 days of August.
Snoqualmie Surpassing King County Trends for Past 3 Weeks
Over the past 3 weeks Snoqualmie (city limits) reported 29 new coronavirus cases, with a 4.2% positive test rate. North Bend (city limits) reported 8 new cases with a 2.7% positive test rate. During that same time period, King County reported approximately 2,982 new cases, with an approximate 3.2% positive test rate.
On Friday, August 7th, King County reported 134 new coronavirus cases, with 3 of those cases in North Bend and 2 in Snoqualmie – or 3.7% of King County’s reported new cases for Friday. The North Bend and Snoqualmie areas only represent about 1.7% of King County’s total population.
Of the 21 new Snoqualmie (city limit) cases reported in August, 1 was in the 0-9 age group; 16 were in the 10-19 age group; 1 in the 20-29 age group; 2 in the 40-49 age group; and 1 in the 50-59 age group. Of North Bend’s 6 new August cases, 4 were in the 10-19 age group; 1 in the 40-49 age group; and 1 in the 50-59 age group.
Snoqualmie business Pineapple Life transitioned all of its classes to virtual yesterday, saying on Facebook, “There are simply too many links in the chain of exposure to Covid 19 for us to keep open in any capacity other than virtual. We value your safety as well as our families and as this mystery continues to unfold we will not stop working on bringing wellness mainstream.”
Over the past few weeks, the yoga and barre studio had one employee test positive and another exposed outside of work.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began in late spring, 5.6% of all King County tests have been positive, with an infection rate of about 772 per 100,000 residents. In Snoqualmie those numbers are 4.1% and 453 per 100,000 residents. In North Bend they are 2.4% and 359 per 100,000 residents.
The above statistics reflect the city limits of North Bend and Snoqualmie, but about half of North Bend’s population and about 12% of Snoqualmie’s population live in unincorporated areas. King County, though, only does detailed daily case and demographic tracking for city limit cases.
For all of North Bend zip code 98045, there have been 49 total positive coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 20 occurring since July. For all of Snoqualmie zip code 98065, there have been 80 total cases, with 46 occurring since July. Both zip codes have approximately 16,000 residents.
King County County health officials have blamed social gatherings and lack of distancing as the main drivers of coronavirus spread this summer. As such, they recently placed new restrictions on restaurants; indefinitely froze counties abilities to move through the state’s reopening Safe Start phases; reduced phase 3 social gathering sizes; banned live entertainment; issued a statewide mask mandate and a No Mask, No Service rule for businesses.
Nearly all King County schools – including the Snoqualmie Valley School District – reversed course and will now start the school year with all remote learning
In King County, testing began ramping up in mid-June, as businesses began reopening. From June to July testing in Snoqualmie (city limits) increased 131% and in North Bend it almost doubled. At the peak of the outbreak in March, Snoqualmie reported 16 new cases with a 12% positive test rate – a time when testing was very limited.
Neither North Bend nor Snoqualmie have reported new hospitalizations or deaths since May. There has been one Snoqualmie Valley death during the pandemic, an unincorporated North Bend resident.
See the King County COVID-19 Outbreak Dashboard for all data.
Snoqualmie Positive COVID-19 Case Demgraphics through 8/12/20
North Bend Positive COVID-19 Case Demographics through 8/12/20