East region will not advance to Phase 2 this week as case rate, test positivity increase

SPOKANE, Wash. — The east region, as well as the seven other regions across Washington, will stay in Phase 1 of the “Healthy Washington” plan for until at least February 1.

The State Department of Health said none of the regions are meeting the metrics required to advance to the next phase and the east region has actually seen its numbers worsen.

The East region, which includes Spokane and eight other eastern Washington counties, is only meeting two of four metrics needed to advance.

The region was meeting three out of four metrics in last week’s report from the DOH.

In that report, cases were declining by 26 percent, and now they’re up by 12 percent.

Hospital admissions actually improved, decreasing by 11 percent and now down by 20 percent.

ICU beds in the region filled up a bit more since last week; now at 82 percent, but the goal is to stay under 90.

Test positivity was at 17 percent last week, and now it’s over 21.

To advance to Phase 2, a region must meet the following:

  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population
  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population
  • Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds
  • 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests


84 people in Spokane County have died so far this month from COVID-19.

For comparison, 78 people died in the first 22 days of December, so those are slightly rising.

We do know 50 percent of the 468 covid-19 deaths in the county are linked to long-term care facilities.

15 people under 40 have also died from this virus.

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