Spokane, North Idaho See Labor Day Covid Increase

Sep 16, 2020

Spokane's Covid numbers have elevated a bit since Labor Day.
Credit Spokane COVID Response

Spokane may be seeing a bit of a Labor Day Covid bump.

The health district today [Wednesday] reported 62 new cases, the second highest reading in more than a month.

Last week saw one day with 80 cases, two others with more than 50 and another with 49. Compared to the July and August peak days, those are fairly low, but they’re higher than any days posted during a lull between mid-August and Labor Day.

Health Officer Bob Lutz says the increases are coming from several areas.

“It’s just all over the place. When we were watching over the weekend and even this week, there was no sort of one definite pattern. Just outbreaks in work sites, continuing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. We are seeing some situations with the universities," he said.

Lutz, though, praises Gonzaga and Whitworth for taking a careful approach to bringing students back to campus.

The Idaho Panhandle Health District reported 40 cases on Wednesday. The number of active cases in those five counties has increased again over the last two weeks. There was one new case reported by the Northeast Washington Tri-County Health District.