Stories tagged: bob lutz
UPDATED: Sat., July 18, 2020
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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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 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.
Tue., May 12, 2020
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
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
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 …
Wed., May 6, 2020
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 …
Sun., May 3, 2020
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
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
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
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 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
Public health officials confirmed Spokane County’s first cases of novel coronavirus in three residents Saturday morning.
Sat., Nov. 9, 2019
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.
Fri., June 7, 2019
HIV remains one of the world’s greatest public health challenges – 5,000 people are newly infected every day. And yet there’s hope.
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019
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.
Tue., Aug. 21, 2018
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 …