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Greek outbreaks top 100 cases


October 8, 2020

COLFAX — Outbreaks for COVID-19 have occurred at college housing, care facilities and a school in Whitman County so far.

As of this morning, Whitman County has received 1,403 positive COVID-19 tests after adding 49 over the weekend and today. The new cases include 21 people in the 0-19 age range, 19 in the 20-39 age range, two in the 40-59 age range, four in the 60-79 age range and three 80 years old or older. There are currently two cases hospitalized, making the total hospitalizations for the county to date four.

According to the county news release today, there have been several outbreaks with WSU Greek housing taking the largest portion with 107 cases. WSU dorms had the next highest with 22 cases. Six long-term care facilities have generated 18 cases total and one school had five cases. Tekoa High School is the only school to be previously reported with COVID, but the school was not named in today’s report. One other, unspecified facility had three cases.

The age group with the largest portion of the COVID cases as of Saturday is the 20-39 age range with 62.5%. The 0-19 age range makes up 31.8% of the county’s COVID total. With today’s new cases, there have been 1,336 people 39 years old or younger with positive COVID tests in the county. The 80 and older age range has the fewest cases with seven after the addition of today’s count.

There have been no deaths in the county from COVID. Aside from the two hospitalizations, all cases are stable and self-isolating.


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