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Spokane health district changes Covid reporting data

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The new emphasis is on weekly trends, rather than daily case counts.

As the Covid pandemic evolves, so too does the way the Spokane Regional Health District reports the presence of the virus in Spokane County.

Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says the district has changed from reporting daily Covid testing and hospitalization numbers to weekly figures. He says that helps to show trends in a variety of areas over a longer period of time.

He says the health district is also now using most of the metrics reported by the state Department of Health.

“That will allow you to click on our website and look at ours and click on the DOH website and look and see what’s happening in the rest of the state and you can actually click on some of the other counties," Velazquez said.

One other change: positive cases are now reported on the date of tests being administered, which health officials say provides a more timely and accurate window into when people are actually infected.

Health district officials say the number of people accessing the county’s Covid information has decreased now that the worst of the pandemic has passed. But they say that web traffic increases during surges.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.