Turns out that if you follow basic public health principles, have people wear masks and get vaccinated, you end up with a lower death rate.
San Juan County, a group of islands in the northwest part of the state, not only survived COVID-19 better than anywhere else. It evaded the disease eight times better than the next best place, Jefferson County, which is out on the Olympic Peninsula.
Kind of hard to argue with data. But I'm sure some will try...The counties with the highest death rates bring up the rear in getting vaccinated. Ferry County is still only 43% vaccinated. Its neighbor Stevens County remains the least vaxxed place in the state, at 36%, despite 158 deaths and a rate nearly 30 times that of the San Juans.