En esta foto de archivo, Bianca Cruz, técnica de salud pública del Distrito de Salud de Yakima, sostiene un kit de prueba casera de COVID-19, el 17 de septiembre en el Distrito de Salud de Yakima en Union Gap.

The Yakima Health District reported 117 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday, with two new deaths.

The county is at 15,435 cases and 266 deaths since mid-March.

Twenty-eight people were hospitalized Tuesday, with three intubated.

As of Tuesday, 12,760 patients have recovered.

Yakima County had 413 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people from Nov. 7 through Nov. 20. The number is one of the criteria the state uses for reopening, with a goal of fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 over two weeks.

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A new community-based testing site at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S 1st St., Sunnyside, will open beginning Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. The site will offer free, drive-through, self-administered nasal swab testing to residents with and without health insurance coverage.

The site will be open during the following hours:

  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: noon-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

“We are grateful for our community partners’ support to increase testing capacity throughout the Yakima Valley,” said Andre Fresco, executive director of the Yakima Health District. “With COVID-19 activity levels rising in our community, it is imperative that all county residents have access to free, low-barrier testing. This added capacity will allow us to identify more positive cases, trace and isolate close contacts, and help limit the spread of the virus.”

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Margaux Maxwell reports for the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. She can be reached at mmaxwell@yakimaherald.com.