It sometimes feels like a never-ending roller coaster when it comes to the amount of people that can get infected by someone with COVID-19, also known as the transmission rate.
"The trends are shifting again," said Dr. Anthony Chen, director of health at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
"Transmission and cases are increasing over the last two weeks," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer at Public Health-Seattle & King County.
According to the state's risk assessment dashboard, as of September 18, the transmission rate in western Washington is now at 1.3 and 1.4 in eastern Washington.
Doctors want that number to be below one.
"We still have a long road ahead of us in this pandemic and we still have a lot that we need to do but we're in it together," Chen said.