First COVID-19 cases in Spokane were two years ago today

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SPOKANE, Wash. — February 20th marks the two-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spokane.

Four COVID patients were flown into the Spokane International Airport from the Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento two years ago. They were then transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked Providence to care for the patients because Sacred Heart was one of 10 hospitals in the country with secured airborne infection isolation rooms.

It came during a time when there were very few cases in the U.S., and Spokane County has had nearly 119,000 COVID-19 cases since then.

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