Spokane County set a new record today [Tuesday] for confirmed coronavirus cases. Health officials reported 81 new cases, breaking yesterday’s record. It means 160 people have been confirmed positive during the last two days.
To contrast, the county registered about 140 new cases from April 13 to May 20.
Broken down, the runaway leader is the 20-to-29 age group with 365 cases, followed by 30-to-39 with 221.
One positive, the number of Spokane County residents hospitalized with the virus fell from 18 yesterday to 16. However, Health Officer Bob Lutz says hospital officials are still concerned they may have to reconfigure again to handle larger numbers of patients.
“We call it space, stuff, and staff," Lutz said. "The stuff are things like ventilators, things like PPE. The staff speaks for itself. And then the space for how you would reallocate a floor or how you would have to maybe expand into a different ICU to take care of more ICU patients, so that’s sort of how we’re looking at things and, again, the potential? We don’t want to go there.”
Across the state, Thurston County also announced its largest one-day increase: 12 cases. What’s notable is the demographics: three people aged between 10 and 19, five in their 20s, three in their 30s, one in her 40s.