Six new cases of COVID-19 were announced Wednesday in Spokane County.
To date, there have been 419 confirmed cases and 31 deaths in Spokane County. Six people were hospitalized from COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
The Spokane Regional Health District estimates that 74% of people who have had the virus have recovered thus far.
Washington has 18,811 confirmed cases with 1,031 deaths attributed to the virus. Statewide the disease burden continues to decline, although certain parts of Eastern Washington like Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties still have increasing case numbers. In those three counties alone, 157 people have died from COVID-19.
Most counties in the state are in Phase 1 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, however, 10 smaller counties have advanced to Phase 2, due to low or no disease burden in their areas. On Tuesday, Inslee approved criteria for 10 additional counties to apply to advance to Phase 2, including Spokane County. The health district is submitting an application to the Department of Health this week asking for the county to be allowed to advance to Phase 2.
Statewide efforts to increase testing access as well as contact tracing capabilities continue, and locally, there are more than a dozen clinics and sites offering testing for COVID-19. The testing site at the fairgrounds, which is now operated by the National Guard, has screened about 400 people since the beginning of May and tested nearly all of them.
That fairgrounds site will only be open Monday through Thursday in the coming weeks, excluding Memorial Day, when it will be closed.
Across state lines, the Panhandle Health District has only reported five additional cases since April in the region, bringing the total to 70 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Idaho Panhandle. Idaho is in Phase 2 of Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan, which differs from Washington’s plan in terms of which businesses are allowed to open during that time.
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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