‘It’s busy’: Local COVID-19 testing centers see surge of infections in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash.– More people are calling in sick nationwide, including in Spokane County, as clinics are reporting a surge of local COVID-19 infections.

With the 4th of July approaching fast this weekend, health officials are on their toes.

“It’s definitely a little bit busier. We see rushes in the morning and around lunchtime,” said Dustin Wyborney, Site Manager at Discovery Health.

Wyborney says they are seeing long lines of people wanting to get tested.

“We are up around 70 or 80 right now. Previously, it was 40 to 50 in previous months, but currently with higher trends,” Wyborney said.

According to the Spokane Regional Health District, new infections at the beginning of April were slightly under 100. Two months later, the number of confirmed cases in June is now more than 700.

More people are being hospitalized with COVID-19 as well. Providence is seeing more COVID patients in Spokane. Washington’s Health Department is watching these numbers climb carefully.

“A lot of our hospitals were under stress for the past two years, experiencing constringed staff, constringed space. We will need to prevent disease and prevent injury. Stay safe during the summer,” said Nathan Weed, Acting Deputy Secretary for COVID-19 Response at the WA Department of Health.

This could mean another surge.

“I expect to see more folks coming through that are asymptomatic and exposed to all the events, so testing will be higher in the next week or two,” Wyborney said.

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