Spokane Co. sees 888 COVID cases this weekend ahead of expected Thanksgiving surge

Spokane County will simply have to update case numbers, but won't have to resubmit an entire application to move to phase 2 of the reopening plan

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane County has seen 888 new COVID-19 cases since Friday—the first weekend since October without a record-breaking surge, though an expected wave of infections from Thanksgiving gatherings could make this just a short reprieve.

Three people have died from COVID since Friday.

The Spokane Regional Health District reports that between 250-300 people are contracting the virus every day; in total, 17,207 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 262 people have died.

This weekend’s 888 cases are a drop from the prior weekend’s 1,027, but health officials have been long anticipating another surge in cases after Thanksgiving.

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Providence Health says they are “concerned about a significant bump in cases and those needing hospitalization following the Thanksgiving holiday.” The healthcare provider says they observed similar trends after Halloween and Labor Day — but staffing and capacity was not at a “concerning level” yet.

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