Covid testing

Courtesy of the Say Yes! To Covid Test program

Spokane County is one of nine counties in Washington state enrolled in a free at-home COVID-19 test kit program.

Health officials are urging county residents to use the tests before visiting with family, especially if they are unvaccinated.

Senado Federal, via Flickr/Creative Commons

A second mass COVID testing site is still in the works for eastern Spokane County. The site is intended to complement one that opened this week at Spokane Falls Community College. The second site was to be located at Spokane Community College, east of downtown. But Spokane Regional Health District health officer Dr. Francisco Velazquez said Wednesday his department and private contractor Discovery Health are now looking at sites in Spokane Valley.

Courtesy of Community Colleges of Spokane

The state of Washington plans to open two community Covid testing sites in Spokane, but not immediately.
Spokane Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says a private company called Discovery Health, based in the Puget Sound area, will operate them. The new drive-through venues will be located at Spokane and Spokane Falls Community Colleges.

Spokane Looks To State For Covid Testing Help

Sep 1, 2021
Courtesy of CHAS Health

Spokane’s health district is asking the state Department of Health for help in re-establishing a community-based Covid testing site here.

The county has had high case numbers over the last several weeks. Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says there’s no sign yet that trend is changing. The case surge has led to an increased demand for testing.

Covid Hospitalizations Continue To Increase In Washington

Aug 30, 2021
Courtesy of Confluence Health

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus continues to climb in Washington.

The state hospital association says state figures this morning [Monday] showed 1,570 Covid patients admitted to hospitals, up more than 300 from 10 days ago.

Some Covid Costs Still Waived In WA, Others Shared

Aug 11, 2021
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended two emergency orders that protect consumers from some of the costs of diagnosing the coronavirus. At the same time, he says insurance companies are looking to share Covid-related costs in other ways.

Courtesy of Ferry County Memorial Hospital

The Covid outbreak that hit the small Ferry County town of Republic in April is slowly abating.

The outbreak was triggered by one or more gatherings at a local social club.  

For the first time in a few weeks, administrators at the Ferry County Memorial Hospital say there say they saw no new cases over the weekend.

Screenshot from Idaho Public Television

As Idaho’s legislature moves to the end of its session, lawmakers have said yes to a new Medicaid budget and then no to money for more Covid testing in schools.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane’s CHAS Health has filled its new appointments logbook for four more days of Covid vaccinations.

Kelley Charvet from CHAS says the provider opened up its portals last night [Monday] after having been assured it will receive 4,000 new doses from the Washington Department of Health today [Tuesday].

Covid Vaccination Continues This Weekend At Spokane Arena

Jan 29, 2021
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane’s Covid vaccination site at the Arena will continue to inoculate people during the weekend and Monday.

Kelley Charvet from CHAS Health says the agency has improved its operational efficiency since a chaotic debut on Wednesday.

Idaho Public TV screenshot

UPDATED: Friday, 3 pm with response from Idaho House Republicans. 

Idaho’s governor today [Friday] blasted legislative leaders who are pressuring him to end the state’s 10-month-old emergency declaration because of the coronavirus.

Those leaders believe the governor has overstepped his power. They’re proposing a variety of bills aimed at moving some of his emergency authority to the legislature.

Supply Worries Hang Over Expanded Vaccination Plans

Jan 19, 2021
Washington Governor's Office

The push to vaccinate more people against Covid in Washington is putting health care providers in an interesting situation.

Dr. Chris Dale, the chief quality officer at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, says the uncertainty about supply has some hospitals holding onto Covid vaccines so they have enough to administer second doses, while others are giving as many first shots as they can.

Cascade Medical Center

Hospitals around the Northwest are busy vaccinating their highest-risk employees.

The Providence Health System in Spokane began that work last Friday. Spokeswoman Beth Hegde says inoculations will continue all week at Sacred Heart.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Spokane School District says it will soon offer Covid testing to staff and students who show symptoms and want to be tested.

Health Director Rebecca Doughty says Spokane is one of 10 districts participating in a pilot program originated by the state Department of Health.