King County's COVID transmission levels increases to 'medium' as cases rises

While case numbers have risen, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin says hospitalizations and deaths remain steady and relatively low.

SEATTLE — Due to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, King County’s transmission level for the virus is now “medium,” per the guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin announced the heightened transmission level Monday, citing the rising COVID levels throughout the community.

While Duchin said the new level should act as a “yellow traffic light” for residents, there weren’t any mandates being introduced.

“We’re issuing no new recommendations or requirements at this time.

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