Nancy Wenzel


Walla Walla County has 296 active cases of COVID-19, nine cases fewer than it had a week ago. That’s a small dip, but a dip none the less.

Nancy Wenzel, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health’s administrative support supervisor updated the Walla Walla County Commissioners on the county’s COVID-19 numbers at the board’s Oct. 25 meeting.

“Our numbers are down, Wenzel said. “We are down to 452 cases per 100,000 people.”

Wenzel said vaccinations have been a focus of the department and it will continue to host clinics in different parts of the county.

Numbers for Walla Walla County, Oct. 25:

  • Vaccinated: 83% residents 65 years and older; 66.9% residents 18 years and older; 65.4% those age 12 and older.
  • 31 new cases over Saturday and Sunday.
  • 296 active cases.
  • Total COVID-19 cases stand at 8,874.
  • 98 deaths.
  • 20 people hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center; 14 Walla Walla County residents, three Umatilla County residents; 15 people are unvaccinated. Five unvaccinated people are in intensive care at the hospital.

Numbers for Umatilla County, Oct. 25:

35,093 residents are vaccinated;

  • 62,738 doses given,
  • 28 news cases since Friday; 14,519 total.
  • 150 total deaths.

Numbers for Columbia County, Oct. 25:

  • 4 active cases, 388 total cases.
  • Eight deaths total.

Washington State Dept. of Health, Oct. 28:

  • 716,315 total cases.
  • 8,480 deaths total.

Oregon Health Authority, Oct. 25:

  • 359,733 total cases.
  • 4,295 deaths total.

Jeremy Burnham can be reached at or 509-526-8321.


Jeremy covers courts and public safety for the Union-Bulletin. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2019 with a degree in journalism.

(1) comment


This undated headline about decline is still highly visible on 10/30. The story, dated 10/25, is of course not as visible. In fact this week, the decline ended, with the same number of cases as last week, less 1. A current headline would read "Case count plateaus."

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