Jan. 15 Modern vaccine

Medical assistant Marisa Hernandez, right, gives a local dental hygienist a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Neighborhood Health in Yakima, Wash.

The Yakima Health District reported 64 additional coronavirus cases Friday, with no new deaths.

The county’s total is 30,166 since the pandemic started, with deaths at 402.

Fourteen people were hospitalized Friday, with two intubated.

As of Friday, 28,221 people have recovered.

Reopening

Yakima County is in Phase 3 of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. Phase 3 allows up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. Indoor gatherings of up to 10 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.

The governor’s office announced that Yakima County will be staying in Phase 3 through at least May 7. The next evaluation is on May 3.

To remain in Phase 3, Yakima County must meet at least one of two metrics: new COVID-19 cases below 200 per 100,000 residents over two weeks, or a seven-day average of new COVID-19 hospitalizations below five per 100,000.

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Yakima County had 268 cases per 100,000 people from April 1-14.

Vaccine update

Everyone 16 and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine in Washington.

The Yakima State Fair Park vaccine site is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at 1301 S. Fair Ave. First and second dose appointments are available at prepmod.doh.wa.gov or by calling 800-525-0127 and pressing #. Walkups are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.

People who need a ride can call 211. Yakima Transit Route 12 will drop off individuals at the walk-up entrance located at Gate 1. No documentation or identification is required at the site. There is no cost to get the vaccine.

Businesses and organizations interested in scheduling a COVID vaccine clinic can email yakimavaccinemobileteam@gmail.com.

People also can get the vaccine at clinics and pharmacies around the county. The health district’s website at www.yakimacounty.us/2472/COVID-19-Vaccine has an updated list. The state has a vaccine locator at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

Reach Donald W. Meyers at dmeyers@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: donaldwmeyers, or https://www.facebook.com/donaldwmeyersjournalist.