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Four more cases, one more hospitalization from COVID-19 in Spokane

UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

A sign reading "We Will Get Through This" is seen hanging from the north face of Inland Northwest Behavioral Health on April 26. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
A sign reading "We Will Get Through This" is seen hanging from the north face of Inland Northwest Behavioral Health on April 26. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County added four more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, for a total of 390 cases. No new deaths were reported; one more person was hospitalized due to the virus.

Statewide, there are 17,512 confirmed case of COVID-19 and 975 deaths due to the virus.

Most of the cases reported so far in Spokane County have been associated with long-term care facilities or outbreaks in other settings, said Anna Halloran, an epidemiologist at the Spokane Regional Health District. There have been few cases connected to workplace clusters, families or health care workers.

Spokane County’s numbers continue to stay low, but Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz warned of people seeming overly optimistic.

“I go to the park, and I see people hanging out together, and I go to stores and see people doing anything but physically distancing,” Lutz said.

He also noted that without good physical distancing and masking community-wide reopening measures could quickly have to be undone.

Arielle Dreher's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is funded in part by Report for America and by members of the Spokane community. This story can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.

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