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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Regional Health District said there is a suspected case of coronavirus in Spokane County.

The patient is a member of the Gonzaga community, according to a school-wide email sent by university president Thayne McCulloh.

“Out an an abundance of caution, and in partnership with guidance from healthcare professionals and the Spokane Regional Health District, this individual has been asked to limit their contact with others until the test results are finalized,” McCulloh said.

The patient is currently being tested and results are expected by Monday afternoon. Should those test results be positive, the health district will hold a press conference to discuss the case.

In late February, four patients with confirmed cases were treated at Sacred Heart hospital. Those patients were from Washington state, but health officials did not say what cities they were from. Two of those patients have already been released.

As of Monday, six people have died from coronavirus in Washington state. Five of those people were in King County and the other was in Snohomish County. Eighteen people are currently being treated for confirmed cases, while several other suspected cases are being tested across the state.

Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency and will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to provide the latest details.

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