Spokane County sees largest 24-hour rise in COVID-19 cases as more testing conducted

SPOKANE, Wash. — There were 57 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday, marking the largest 24-hour rise in cases in Spokane County since the beginning of the pandemic.

On May 29, Spokane saw its now second-largest single-day rise with 30 cases.

County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said Friday’s spike is attributed to small outbreaks in long-term care facilities, as well as a few in different work sites. Lutz said all residents at the Spokane Veterans Home have returned and the threat for the most part has passed.

Lutz said spikes like Friday’s should be expected moving forward, as more contact tracing and testing is being conducted. He said the regional health district will be dipping into the Department of Health for additional help with contact tracing, likely through Monday.

Lutz said there is some good news; healthcare capacity is being met and still handled well, and testing is on the rise.

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