Health officials continue to cite ‘contained outbreaks’ as 18 other confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spokane District | Corona virus | Instant News


SPOKANE, Wash. – For the fourth day in a row, Spokane District has seen a double digit increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases, but the Spokane Regional Health District said the latest uptick in the case continues to be linked to the outbreak contained.

On Sunday, May 24, SRHD reported 18 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a total of 487 in Spokane District. After almost a full month without double-digit jumps in new cases, Spokane District has had a daily count of 13, 18, 19 and 18 for the past four days totaling 68 during that span. To date there have been 31 total deaths related to COVID in Spokane District.

SRHD said the recent increase in positive cases did not reflect the spread of the community, but rather an outbreak that was being contained by their contact tracing team.

“When we investigate positive cases, the result of reaching people who have close contact is an increase in testing and the possibility of finding more positive cases, many of which may have no symptoms,” said Spokane District Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz. “They now know doing their own quarantine to help protect the health of others in our community.”

Lutz also explained that the current outbreak is an example of how people in church settings can easily spread the virus, reaffirming that the community must remain vigilant.

The outbreak at the Philadelphia Macaroni Company’s Spokane plant is currently being monitored by public health officials. On Saturday, more than 30 positive cases were confirmed with employees.

On Friday, SRHD reported a 72.4% recovery rate for virus patients. The total is updated Monday – Friday.

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