Local U-S Heath Officials Call for Quiet Holiday Weekend

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The Administrator of the Northeast Tri-County Health District is urging residents of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties to keep their Independence Day celebrations modest.

Matt Schanz hopes July 4th weekend activities are restricted within families and stated this is not the year for big parades or public gatherings, and noted a worrisome increase in new cases in Northeast Washington and the Idaho panhandle.

The state recorded a daily record of 716 new infections on Thursday including two new cases in Stevens County.  Health officials said one of the latest infections was detected in the Colville area and the other was south of the community.  Both are self-isolating at home.

Health District officials are concerned about increasing COVID-19 infection rates in neighbouring counties and Schanz is worried about an emerging trend across the U-S finding its way to Washington State.

He pointed to Wednesday statistics from Spokane County indicating about 40% of the close to 80 new infections recorded on Wednesday were in the 20-to-30 age group.

The health districthas  reported a total of 25 cases since the beginning of the pandemic,with 20 in Stevens County where one person remains in hospital.

Heading into the U-S Independence Day long weekend, the district had conducted 2.575 COVID-19 tests.

Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties  are all in Stage-3 of Washington State’s recovery plan.