COVID-19 case rates remain high in Inland Northwest

<p><p>The Inland Northwest saw more than 1,200 new COVID-19 cases in the past week as virus continues to spread in the area. </p></p><p><p>In Spokane County, case numbers remain high, despite a dip in cases statewide. In the last week, the county has had 767 new COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the Spokane Regional Health District reported 215 new cases and two additional deaths. There have been 862 deaths in Spokane due to the virus.</p></p><p><p>There are 175 people currently hospitalized in Spokane.</p></p><p><p>After hitting record highs for COVID-19 hospitalizations, Kootenai Health numbers dipped slightly toward the end of the week. At its peak Wednesday, the hospital had 150 COVID-19 cases. As of Friday morning, that number was down to 139 patients, with 42 patients requiring critical care. There were no pediatric patients. A week ago, there were 127 patients hospitalized.</p></p><p><p>The Panhandle Health District reported 79 new cases on Friday. There have been 512 deaths in the Panhandle Health District due to the virus.</p></p><p><p>In the past week, the district’s numbers have also remained high, with 942 new cases reported in the last seven days.</p></p>