Chelan, Douglas counties see record number of new COVID-19 cases


The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported a single-day record for new COVID-19 cases Thursday, with 105 people testing positive in the two counties, the first triple-digit day since the pandemic began.

That comes on the heels of 92 new positive tests reported Wednesday in the two counties.

In response to the surge in cases, the health district has expanded its drive-through testing to ease the burden on Confluence Health and Cascade Medical Center, who have seen demand for testing soar.

In addition to free drive-through testing already scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at Wenatchee High School, there will be testing offered Nov. 25 and Nov. 27 -30, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, testing is going on today and Friday at Cashmere High School. Today the testing hours are 3-7 p.m., and Friday the hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Cashmere testing was set up for farmworkers but the health district says it is open to the general public.

More drive-though testing is scheduled at Wenatchee High School Dec.19-20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“People are asked to call Confluence Health, Cascade Medical, Columbia Valley Community Health or Lake Chelan Health if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,” the health district said in a press release. “If you know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, consider using the drive-up testing site at Wenatchee High School.”