Thirty-two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Spokane County on Saturday, raising the total confirmed case count to 1,199.
The number of COVID-19 deaths has remained at 37, according to the Spokane Regional Health District.
Nationwide, a record 44,782 new cases were reported Saturday, the second day in a row new cases have risen above 40,000 and the fifth consecutive day setting a single-day record for cases, the Washington Post reported.
Overall in Spokane County, about 23,800 tests had been conducted and about 5%, or 1,200 tests, had come back positive, according to the health department.
The recent surge in cases reflects a combination of increased contact tracing, testing accessibility and continued community spread of the virus, according to the health district.
Through tracing people who have been in contact with COVID-19 positive patients, SRHD has discovered more positive cases. Many people who have tested positive through contact tracing may not have symptoms, said Bob Lutz, Spokane County Health Officer in a SRHD news release.
But officials are also seeing an increase in cases where contact tracing has not led to finding viral links. Those cases indicate community spread, which threatens to overwhelm the local health care system with a surge of patients, Lutz said.
Based on these numbers, SRHD emphasized the importance of social distancing and mask-wearing in a news release.
Across the state, 31,404 people had tested positive for the virus, while 4,240 had been hospitalized and 1,310 had died, according to Washington State Department of Health figures.
Maggie Quinlan can be reached at (509) 459-5135 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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