Wastewater data shows COVID rising fast in Spokane County

SPOKANE, Wash – In what some health officials call an early warning, wastewater in Spokane County shows a distinct rise in COVID-19 in recent weeks.

The information was released Friday by the Spokane Regional Health District.

SRHD cites two wastewater detection sites in Spokane County in which samples are showing COVID levels between 80% and 100% of the highest levels reported in these locations.

The sites have been active since October 2021.

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One graph shows COVID levels the same as they were in mid-January. The other shows levels that are almost double that same time frame.

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Confirmed case numbers in Spokane County also show a rise in cases.

SRHD says there were 77.3 cases per 100,000 people over the last week. That’s up from 64.6 the week before.

Still, Spokane County is considered at low risk, based on CDC data.

One person in Spokane County died from COVID-19 in the last week. Hospital admissions are very low as well, and went down from the previous week.

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