Spokane County, which NE Washington is tied to for reopening, has the second-most COVID cases in the state

Spokane County, which NE Washington is tied to for reopening, has the second-most COVID cases in the state

(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)

With Northeast Washington getting lumped in with Spokane County and several others for the “East Region” in Governor Inslee’s “Healthy Washington” reopening plan, the latest metrics from Eastern Washington’s most populous county are less than stellar.

Outbreaks in long-term care facilities continue to push Spokane County’s numbers. On Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Health District confirmed 524 new COVID-19 cases, the Spokesman-Review is reporting. Since the pandemic began, the county has had over 30,000 cases, which is the highest statewide except for King County.

There are outbreaks in 26 long-term care facilities in Spokane County and four adult family homes.

NE Tri County Health District, which serves Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille County, reported just 17 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. NE Washington will have to rely on the entire “East” region to see a ten percent drop in case counts, test positivity and hospitalizations in order to move into Phase 2 of the state’s “Healthy Washington” reopening plan. Phase 2 would allow for restaurants to open with indoor dining again.