Spokane's Covid Count Expands By 70 On Thursday

Jul 2, 2020

These are two of the charts from the Spokane Regional Health District that tell the story of an increasing Covid case count.
Credit Spokane Regional Health District

UPDATE: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has required businesses statewide to require their employees and customers to wear face coverings.  

The Spokane Regional Health District reported 70 new Covid cases today [Thursday]. It’s the third day in the last four that that figure has been 70 or more.

Health Officer Bob Lutz says people younger than 40 continue to account for a large number of the cases.

“I looked at the median age of the last 100 cases. It was 31. That’s a significant drop. A couple of weeks ago we were reporting that the median age was 54. We’ve dropped a decade-and-a-half in less than a couple of weeks. It’s all over the place. We truly have community spread. We truly have an outbreak that is not being contained at this point," Lutz said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

And there are worries that the numbers will get worse after the Fourth of July weekend, unless "if I get 80%, 90% of people wearing face coverings, we can bend the curve. But people need to do the work," he said.

The Institute for Disease Modeling, out of Bellevue, released a report today [Thursday] confirming the demographic shift in people who contract the virus. It says people younger than 35 represented 22-percent of Washington’s cases between January and March, but 46-percent in May and June.