Media Contact: Kelli Hawkins
For Immediate Release:
March 18, 2020
Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed a new positive case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spokane County. With this new case, there is now a total of five. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is identifying and contacting those who may have come in contact with the infected individual. They will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
SRHD emphasizes the importance of taking the recommended measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 through personal preparedness measures and social distancing. Positive cases in Spokane County are posted on srhd.org and updated daily.
People most at risk have underlying health conditions, are over the age of 60, traveled internationally to a high-risk country, were in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and/or have symptoms:
If you think you are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 or have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, call ahead before you go to your healthcare provider, urgent care, or the emergency department. You can also call your health insurance’s nurse hotline or triage; the number can be found on their website or on the back of your insurance card.
The Washington State Department of Health has provided the following guidance to help people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are concerned that they were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive themselves:
SRHD continues to encourage people to take the following steps to stay healthy: