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Spokane County sees most new coronavirus cases confirmed since Aug. 6

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 23, 2020

Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz appears at a COVID-19 press conference earlier this month. Lutz said Wednesday that Labor Day gatherings appear to be linked to the county's recent high caseloads.  (Kathy Plonka)
Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz appears at a COVID-19 press conference earlier this month. Lutz said Wednesday that Labor Day gatherings appear to be linked to the county's recent high caseloads. (Kathy Plonka)
By Arielle Dreher The Spokesman-Review

The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed 123 new cases of COVID-19 in the county Wednesday, the highest daily count since Aug. 6.

COVID-19 activity has increased this week overall in Spokane County after an apparent decline in August and early September. Nearly 400 cases have been confirmed in Spokane County in the last five days alone.

After a rather rapid decline in COVID-19 activity in the county in late summer, that trend appears to have done an about-face with the significant uptick in cases confirmed in the past week locally.

Health officials continue to stress the importance of wearing face coverings, physically distancing and limiting gatherings.

“It really does require a community-wide effort to move forward, as has been stressed before,” Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz told reporters on Wednesday.

Lutz said Monday that the spike in cases appears to be due to Labor Day activities and gatherings, although there are also confirmed cases and outbreaks in workplaces throughout the county . Outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have also continued, leading to hundreds of confirmed cases in the last month.

As of Friday, there were active COVID-19 outbreaks at 11 long-term care facilities in Spokane County.

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