PIERCE COUNTY, WA — Depending on how the county handles the coronavirus pandemic over the next two weeks, Pierce County schools may be forced to completely close all their classrooms once again near the end of October, according to the latest update from the Tacoma – Pierce County Health Department.
Recently the number of daily coronavirus infections in Pierce County has been on the rise, and Wednesday, the county passed a worrying threshold: reporting 75.6 new coronavirus infections per every 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. That’s just over the cutoff rate of 75 cases, pushing Pierce County from a “moderate risk” county to a “high risk” county under state guidance. That guidance strongly recommends that all high risk counties hold classes completely remotely, which Pierce County’s top health official says they will do if high case counts persist.
“You asked to avoid rapid back-and-forth changes (“yo-yoing”) and for