Myriam Borzee/iStock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — Washington officials are sounding the alarm that the state is on the “cusp” of a fourth COVID-19 wave that could curtail further reopening plans if not abated.Health officials blamed a combination of waning diligence on mitigation measures and the spread of more transmissible variants, as COVID-19 cases have increased to levels seen at the beginning of the last wave in November.“We’d like to be done with the virus, but the virus is not done with us,” Gov. Jay Inslee said during a COVID-19 update Thursday. “Unfortunately we now are seeing the beginnings of a fourth surge in the state of Washington.”The state’s most recent biweekly COVID-19 situation report, released Thursday, shows that “population immunity is helping control transmission, but isn’t enough to counteract risky behavior,” the Washington State Department of Health said.The percentage of residents with active COVID-19 infections nearly doubled from March 1 to April 2, to 0.28%, according to the report. COVID-19 cases are increasing in most counties and across all ages, except in people 70 and older. After daily new cases plateaued in mid-February, they have increased from 728 on Feb. 15 to 1,076 on April 8.After flattening in early March, COVID-19 hospital admissions are also on the rise, with the seven-day rolling average 48 as of April 8, up from 34 on March 4, the report said. Hospital admissions are increasing particularly among those ages 20 to 50, the least-vaccinated age groups, officials said this week.Meanwhile, the state is also seeing a “disturbing” rapid increase in COVID-19 variants, acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Lindquist said.As of Tuesday, the state has seen a 32% increase in positive tests for COVID-19 variants over the past week, with the largest increase in the P.1 variant, first found in Brazil, the health department said.“This couldn’t happen at a worse time,” Lindquist said during a press briefing Wednesday, noting that people are becoming more relaxed toward mask-wearing and social distancing as the weather improves. “It’s time for us to reemphasize, you really ought to wear your mask every single time you’re outdoors.”Dr. Umair Shah, the state’s secretary of health, stressed the need for people to get vaccinated against the virus if they haven’t yet.The number of new COVID-19 cases is where they were in early November, though the slope is not as steep as it was then due to vaccinations, health officials said.“Until we have more people vaccinated, we are still vulnerable,” Shah said during Wednesday’s briefing.Washington was one of the last states to fully open up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, expanding it to residents ages 16 and up on April 15. So far, 36.2% of residents ages 18 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.To help slow the spread, the state is setting a new goal of administering 90,000 shots per day statewide, Shah said, up from nearly 60,000 doses per day currently.Until more people are vaccinated, health officials stressed the need to continue to wear masks, physically distance, keep social circles small and take gatherings outside.“The challenge we’re having right now is we cannot vaccinate our way out of increasing disease levels,” Lacy Fehrenbach, deputy secretary for the state’s COVID-19 response, said during Wednesday’s briefing. “We are going to have to use the tools that are available to all of us to slow the spread.”Washington has “been able to knock down those waves when they have hit us because we’ve been smart, we made decisions based on science, we’ve worn masks, businesses have been responsible,” Inslee said Thursday.With the state “on the cusp of a fourth wave,” the governor warned during a town hall with AARP Washington on Wednesday that counties could regress to a more-restrictive reopening phase if metrics, including hospitalizations, continue to increase. The state will next assess its reopening plan on May 3.Last week, three counties in the state moved back to phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, which reduces occupancy in restaurants, stores and other venues.“If that trend continued, more counties would find themselves in that situation,” Inslee said. “We obviously won’t want to see that happen, and we don’t think it has to happen.”“This is something that really calls for all of our continued dedication,” he said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
6 Westlands Court, Mundingburra.“It would make a great family home and the kitchen is an absolute knockout.“ You can see all different areas of the house from the kitchen.“The master suite is very sumptuous with a big walk-through closet and open-plan ensuite.“The neighbours love it there and there is a real sense of community.” 6 Westlands Court, Mundingburra.The house was built in 2010 by Bernhard Lancini and has been immaculately maintained.Features such as the stunning gourmet island kitchen, custom-made walk-in wardrobe and resort-style pool area give the expansive home a luxurious feel.Ms Champion said the home had been much loved by her, her husband and son and they would be sad to say goodbye to it. “We’ll be really sad when it’s sold because it’s a really beautiful neighbourhood that’s pretty much all owner occupied,” she said. “We have neighbours who have been there for 48 years.“Our house ticks all the boxes because it’s lowset, it’s a big house and it’s really modern and airy so you don’t have to use the airconditioners very often.“We built it as our forever home not thinking we would move but plans change.“We had barbecues galore there out on the patio and my son used to be able to walk to the Cathedral School, so if I was running late from work he could walk home and let himself in.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In his final years of school he went to Ignatius Park College and he could ride his bike to school.” 6 Westlands Court, Mundingburra.DOWN a quiet cul-de-sac in the leafy suburb of Mundingburra lies a picture-perfect home waiting for a new family to move in.The five-bedroom, two bathroom house has been listed for sale after owner Dee Champion and her family decided to move north to Palm Cove.The home is close to schools and is in the catchment for the sought-after Pimlico State High School. 6 Westlands Court, Mundingburra.The spacious home has 390sq m of under-roof space and is on an 809sq m allotment with dual street access.It features designer finishes and modern fittings with zoned and ducted airconditioning.The chef’s kitchen is fitted with premium appliances while the master suite has a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite with triple shower heads.There is a secure entry and the home has video intercom. Other great features include a working bore and fully irrigated garden as well as a solar system and workshop.Smith & Elliott listing agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow say “there are so many breakaway areas and it has a really functional floor play.