COVID-19 claims four more lives in North Central Washington

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Four more people in North Central Washington have died after contracting COVID-19, three in Okanogan County and one in Grant County.

Okanogan County Public Health said all three people were in their 60s and had some type of chronic health issues.

“They were all 3 managing their health issues and leading ‘normal’ lives, the health district said. “Not to get into the woods too far, but we can say with some confidence that most likely they would not have passed when they did if it weren’t for Covid.”

Okanogan has now had 12 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

The number of new cases in Okanogan County has been on the decline, with no new positive tests reported Tuesday.

The county has had 44.5 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days, by far the lowest rate in Central Washington.

A Mattawa woman in her 70s has become Grant County’s 18 death attributed to COVID-19.

The Grant County Health District said Tuesday that the woman had medical issues that put her at higher risk from the coronavirus.

The county has seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with 14 confirmed new cases reported Tuesday.