Spokane Co. continues to see downward trend in COVID cases

SPOKANE, Wash. — The state’s official COVID-19 response team is seeing promising results in the the fight against the virus. 

Not only are the number of hospitalizations and positive cases down, deaths have dropped dramatically since March and April. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Governor Jay Inslee said his decisions are based on science and data. Now, that data is looking more hopeful. 

“We are seeing a really nice downward trend in activity and have actually had very few deaths reported as a state over the last few days which is great news,” said state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. 

Deaths statewide peaked on March 23, with 33 people dying from the virus. Deaths deaths dropped steadily from then into May. 

Confirmed cases have also dropped since March. So have hospitalizations. 

“Overall we’re seeing really nice trends when it comes to severe COVID-19 disease with decreasing number of hospitalizations, number of deaths,” said Lofy. 

The state health officer says 150-200 people are still testing positive in Washington each day. Health care providers have had better success getting testing kits on the private market. State health departments are struggling to get supplies from the federal Government. 

“On Monday the state finally received significant shipments that we were told repeatedly were coming earlier,” said Lofy. 

The Governor’s senior adviser says that shipment included 190,000 swabs, far less than the 580,000 swabs the government is promising to send each month. 

The Governor says testing is still a priority and we don’t know how hard the virus may hit in the fall.

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