A regional, coalition-guided, multifaceted approach that engaged healthcare systems, long-term care facilities, state and local governments, and organizations to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, kept Washington State’s death rate the lowest of all states with major outbreaks, this study finds.
Six key factors helped “flatten the curve:”
As of June 5, Washington State had 22,729 cases of COVID-19 and 1,138 deaths; whereas, New York State had more than 380,000 confirmed cases and 30,000 deaths.
Washington State had the first confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first major outbreak in the US.
The authors say the lessons learned in the COVID-19 pandemic can be used as a roadmap for preparation for future outbreaks and for establishing an infrastructure that will strengthen healthcare systems’ response to future mass casualty events and save lives.Read More >>