COVID-19 cases triple in Spokane County as omicron takes hold

<p><p>Spokane County’s coronavirus case rate has tripled in the last few weeks, according to data from the Spokane Regional Health District.</p></p><p><p>The most recent two-week case rate is 1,166 newly diagnosed cases per 100,000 residents. Previously, that rate was 356 new cases per 100,000 residents.</p></p><p><p>Hospitalizations are increasing both statewide and locally as the highly contagious omicron variant gains ground. Just a week ago, there were 78 patients hospitalized with the virus in Spokane. Today, there are 115 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Spokane County.</p></p><p><p>Statewide, hospitalizations for the virus continue to increase. There are 1,924 COVID patients hospitalized across Washington.</p></p><p><p>Hospitals are still very full, with a 93% occupancy rate statewide.</p></p><p><h3>Here’s a look at local numbers</h3></p><p><p>The Spokane Regional Health District reported 907 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths on Tuesday.</p></p><p><p>There have been 1,159 deaths due to COVID-19 in Spokane County residents.</p></p><p><p>The Panhandle Health District reported 168 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths.</p></p><p><p>There are 78 Panhandle residents hospitalized with the virus.</p></p>