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Another 192 Spokane County residents test positive for COVID-19 on Saturday

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 19, 2020

Another 192 people in Spokane County tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, the Spokane Regional Health District reported.

That brings the area’s confirmed cases to 23,592, with 328 deaths. But the district warned that, because of surging cases in the area, numbers on deaths and hospitalizations might not come in for a day or two, so Saturday’s report doesn’t necessarily show the true local toll of the virus.

As of Saturday, there were 86 local residents in Spokane County hospitals because of the virus, and 111 people in those facilities total. All told, there have been 1,043 local hospitalizations from the disease.

The area’s two-week case rate now stands at 4,578.7 infections per 100,000 residents.

The Panhandle Health District doesn’t report numbers on weekends. As of Friday, cases there were at 14,186, with 147 deaths.

Nationwide, known cases on Saturday hit 17.6 million, with over 315,000 fatalities. Worldwide, there have been 76 million confirmed infections as of Saturday and about 1.7 million deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported.

Alayna Shulman can be reached at (509) 459-5445 or at alaynas@spokesman.com

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