Health District reports first COVID-19 deaths in 18 days in Spokane County

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Regional Health District reports that 39 people have died from COVID-19 in Spokane County, and 1,224 have tested positive.

This makes 25 new positive cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours; Spokane County had not seen any deaths from COVID-19 in 18 days. The Health District reports that 35 county residents are currently hospitalized for coronavirus treatment.

These developments come as Governor Inslee mandated that all Washingtonians wear masks in public, and after a visit with Spokane health officials, concerned by the rising hospitalizations.

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