EAST WENATCHEE - Coronavirus cases per 100,000 appear to be on an accelerated decline in Chelan and Douglas counties.

Chelan-Douglas Health District officials say it’s an encouraging sign as more and more people adhere to pandemic protocols.

Months ago, the case rate in the two-county area was nearing 1,000, but eventually fell to 444 cases per 100,000 in mid-August and is now at 162.5 per 100,000.

Veronica Farias with the health district says rate of decline is good, but it’s still a far cry from the rate needed to advance the region into the next reopening phase. Farias says the target is 25 cases per 100,000.

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