SRHD: Spokane County’s double-digit rise in cases Thursday linked to ‘contained outbreak’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane County on Thursday saw its first double-digit rise in new COVID-19 cases since the end of April, but health officials say it is connected to a “contained outbreak.”

The Spokane Regional Health District reported an increase of 13 new confirmed cases on Thursday. There have been 432 confirmed cases across the county, with at least 315 of those people fully recovering. As of this writing, seven people are hospitalized with coronavirus.

Local health officials say the new bump in cases is not related to community spread. Since the health district is aware of where the outbreak began, they have been able to implement contact tracing and those involved have been able to self-isolate.

The increase in cases comes as Spokane County looks to enter phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. Larger counties can apply to move into the next phase if they meet the requirements; fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span.

Spokane County’s population sits at around 520,000. County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said that, while the hope is to not exceed 52 new cases over that two-week timeframe, there is some wiggle room that would allow the county to still continue into phase 2.

Spokane County leaders, including Lutz, submitted a request to the state to advance to phase 2. The result of that request is expected before the weekend.

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