Where do Spokane County, eastern Washington and North Idaho stand when it comes to coronavirus cases, deaths and COVID-19 testing? This article is updated daily with new information and analysis.
These are the case numbers as of Tuesday, July 14:
The Spokane Regional Health District is reporting 76 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Tuesday, July 14. This makes for a total of 2,255 coronavirus cases in Spokane County since the pandemic began.
Health officials reported 95 new cases and one new death in Spokane County on Sunday, July 12. This is the highest spike the county has seen since the pandemic began.
Forty-one people have died since the pandemic began, including one person in their 30s.
“The amount of community spread, i.e. the amount of infection that we cannot connect the dots, is significant," Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said on Monday.
Health officials said on Tuesday that forty-four people are hospitalized, with 29 of those being Spokane County residents. A total of 164 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County since the pandemic began.
Testing backlog in Spokane County
Case numbers reported on Monday could be results from people who tested one week ago, Lutz said. That's because there is a significant testing backlog in Spokane County, an issue that is plaguing areas throughout the United States.
There is a shortage of testing supplies statewide and at the local level, according to Lutz. Results are coming back five to 10 days after a person has been tested for coronavirus in Spokane County, he added.
“That’s unacceptable, but it’s also to be expected," Lutz said, adding that large labs are receiving a multitude of samples from across Washington state and other states throughout the nation.
Lutz emphasized that it is essential for people who are tested for coronavirus to presume they have a positive case until proven otherwise and self-isolate.
Panhandle Health District is reporting a record 47 new coronavirus cases in North Idaho.
Out of 914 cases reported in the county, 900 are confirmed by testing and 14 are probable cases.
A probable case or death is defined as:
- A person meeting clinical criteria and epidemiologic evidence with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19;
- A person meeting presumptive laboratory evidence and either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic evidence;
- A person meeting vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.
Nine people are currently hospitalized in North Idaho, with a total of 29 hospitalizations since the pandemic began. One person has died of coronavirus in North Idaho.
This brings the total since the pandemic began to 900 confirmed cases. Nearly 75% of coronavirus cases in North Idaho have been reported in people under the age of 50.
Governor Brad Little announced on Thursday Idaho will remain in the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan for another two weeks, as the state did not meet necessary metrics to move forward.
“We cannot succeed in rebounding our economy and safely send children back to school if we do not individually and collectively take steps now to slow the spread of coronavirus in our communities,” he added.
PHD reported the first case of COVID-19 in Shoshone County on Thursday, July 2. Eight more cases have been confirmed in the county since that date.
Katherine Hoyer with PHD recently said there is a "large amount of community transmission" in Bonner and Kootenai Counties, with some degree of community spread in Benewah County.
Here is a breakdown of the cases by county as of Tuesday, July 14:
- Kootenai County: 778 cases, 1 death
- Bonner County: 80 cases
- Benewah County: 22 cases
- Boundary County: 8 cases
- Shoshone County: 12 cases
- Undetermined: 14 cases
Washington state data:
- 14 new deaths and 1,438 new cases reported Sunday in Washington.
- TOTAL: 1,438 deaths among 40,656 overall cases in Washington state.
- 686,005 people in Washington have taken a test for coronavirus and 5.9% of those tests have been positive, according to the state Department of Health.
- 500 new confirmed cases, bringing the statewide total to 11,402.
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports 10,658 confirmed and 744 probable cases
- No new deaths
KING 5 and KTVB staff contributed to this report.