More than 60 percent of Spokane County’s COVID deaths linked to long-term care facilities

Royal Park

SPOKANE, Wash. — More than 60 percent of people who have died from COVID-19 in Spokane County were people living or working in long-term care facilities.

4 News Now has obtained the latest data from the Spokane Regional Health District through a public records request, but the health district did say that case details may not be completely up to date due to the current case load.

Records from the SRHD show at least 169 of the county’s 267 total COVID deaths have been connected to LTCs. The two facilities dealing with the highest numbers of reported deaths are Royal Park Health and Rehab and Sullivan Park.

Twenty two people living or working at Royal Park, as well as 21 people linked to Sullivan Park have died from the virus.

Both of those LTCs have reported significant outbreaks, with more than 90 people testing positive for COVID. In total, the SRHD data shows 1,174 of the county’s cases stem from various LTCs.

The CDC says long term care facility residents account for 6 percent of cases and 40 percent of coronavirus deaths in the US. People living and working in these facilities are set to be some of the first to get vaccines when they are approved and available.

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