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UPDATED: Sat., July 18, 2020

Spokane health district stops reporting weekend COVID-19 numbers

The Spokane Regional Health District will no longer report COVID-19 data on weekends due to a rising caseload that has meant a growing workload for staff.


UPDATED: Tue., July 21, 2020

‘Masking is a satanic ritual’: Group protests outside Spokane health officer’s house over state mask mandate

A group of about 30 people gathered with a megaphone outside Spokane Regional Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz’s house Friday evening to protest his handling of the local response to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 10, 2020

‘Best of the bad choices I had’: Health officer defends decisions to jail man who refused to self-isolate

While driving to work on a recent morning, Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz saw people holding signs that read “Lutz is nuts” and “Lutz is a tyrant.”


UPDATED: Fri., July 10, 2020

Spokane Marathon cancels 2020 race; Bloomsday, Hoopfest face hurdles

Organizers of major Spokane events face challenges as they navigate the public health restrictions – and participant concerns – brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

Lutz: More mask-wearing required for Spokane County to control virus, continue reopening

Community buy-in for wearing masks or face coverings will determine whether Spokane County can bring down case counts in the coming weeks.


UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

Spokane health officer issues order to jail COVID-19-positive man who refused to self-isolate

Spokane Regional Health District Health Officer Bob Lutz issued an order Thursday to isolate a COVID-19-positive man in Spokane County Jail after he refused orders to self-isolate, according to a …


UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020

Spokane, North Idaho record highest daily COVID-19 case counts to date

Spokane County had 79 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a record-setting daily number of cases recorded since the pandemic began.


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

Inslee: Spokane ‘right on the verge of a very dire situation’ as COVID-19 cases continue rise

During a visit to Spokane County, Gov. Jay Inslee warned that the hospitalizations in Spokane County due to COVID-19 are projected to double in the next couple weeks.


UPDATED: Sat., June 20, 2020

Providence Health Care says Spokane not ready for Phase 3 after jump in cases

Providence Health Care has capacity in their hospitals, but the group announced Friday they do not support a push to reopen the county further.


UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2020

Spokane County health officer rejects commissioners’ push to next reopening phase

Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz declined a request from the Spokane County Commissioners to start the process of moving Spokane County into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan.


UPDATED: Sat., June 13, 2020

Report: COVID-19 cases, deaths will ‘increase substantially’ unless checked in Eastern Washington

A new state report released by the Washington Department of Health shows that without additional interventions, eastern Washington will see more COVID-19 cases and deaths this summer.


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

18 new cases of coronavirus reported in Spokane County on Sunday; health officials say it’s not spreading in community

In a statement, Health Officer Bob Lutz said the recent increase in positive cases is likely due to increased testing of people who are asymptomatic.


UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Spokane County health officer makes masks mandatory in public – but rule won’t be enforced

Spokane County residents must wear masks in public, when they will be within 6 feet of another person who they do not live with, under a new directive.


Shawn Vestal: Lutz is far from the first to seek an early reopening, but he’s the most important

Lots of people have been demanding that Spokane County be allowed to move most quickly down the path toward reopening the economy than the rest of the state. But there’s …


UPDATED: Tue., May 12, 2020

Spokane County Health Board, health officer ask state to consider sooner reopening for Spokane

The Spokane Board of Health is asking state officials to allow the county to move to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, with Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz’ …


UPDATED: Thu., May 7, 2020

Lutz: Early actions have helped Spokane County manage COVID-19

Public health experts and epidemiologists, including Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz, knew that COVID-19 was on its way to the U.S. back when reports of a novel coronavirus …


Shawn Vestal: Health officer says key to safe, successful reopening is to ‘box in the virus’

Dr. Bob Lutz is getting ready to try and put the coronavirus in a box. That, he says, is ultimately how we will reopen public life safely – by having …


Dr. Bob Lutz, Commissioner Mary Kuney, Alisha Benson and Mayor Ben Wick: Spokane has opportunity to show correct way to respond

Our patience will pay off. By working collaboratively and collectively, the Spokane region can be recognized as a community that did it right and succeeded in bringing its economy roaring …


UPDATED: Mon., April 13, 2020

With 276 infections and 15 deaths, Spokane County health officer says social distancing is working

While the number of total confirmed infections has been increasing daily, Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said the curve appears to be flattening. “I do believe that the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

‘This virus could easily spring back’: Officials remain vigilant about virus, push resources outside Puget Sound

State health officials intend to target thousands of test kits to long-term care facilities statewide with confirmed cases of COVID-19.


UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

COVID-19 cases continue steady climb in Eastern Washington

Spokane County has 222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths from the virus. The most recent death was a man in his 90s, who died over the weekend.


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

5th death, 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Spokane County; testing site to reopen Thursday

The drive-up COVID-19 screening site will reopen in a covered building at the Fairgrounds on Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., April 2, 2020

History on repeat: As the coronavirus quarantine continues, Spokane historians and health officials can draw on the 1918 flu pandemic for lessons

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the first major health crisis to face Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

Spokane County confirms first COVID-19 death

Spokane County reported its first COVID-19 death Friday evening after the number of confirmed cases rose to 86 earlier in the day.


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

With four new cases in Spokane County, health officials testing high-risk coronavirus patients, urging others with symptoms to treat at home

Officials loosened restrictions on who could show up for a drive-through test on Saturday, but many cases will not require hospitalization, Spokane Health Officer Bob Lutz said Sunday. Those patients …


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

3 coronavirus cases confirmed in Spokane County residents with ties to local schools

Public health officials confirmed Spokane County’s first cases of novel coronavirus in three residents Saturday morning.


Reverend Edie Rice-Sauer and Bob Lutz: Homeless, abused need more help

The stereotypical image of homelessness is often a disheveled man, wrapped in his meager belongings, drunk or on his way. Unfortunately, this image is misleading.


Maryellen Cooley, Dale Briese, Bruce Richman and Bob Lutz: Rewriting the HIV/AIDS narrative

HIV remains one of the world’s greatest public health challenges – 5,000 people are newly infected every day. And yet there’s hope.


Mayor David Condon and Dr. Bob Lutz: Together we can do so much

In this new year, as your mayor and as your health officer, we’d like to suggest that “really good something” be more social connectedness in our community.


Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the …