Grant County COVID-19 cases continue to spike, with 63 new positive tests over the weekend


The spike in positive COVID-19 tests in Grant County continued over the weekend with 63 new cases reported between Friday and Monday.

That’s in addition to 106 new cases reported last week.

Currently, there are seven Grant County residents hospitalized with the virus.

The Grant County Health District said the latest cases were again spread throughout the county.

Some of the positive tests have been linked to the same employer and others to social gatherings or close contact with someone with a confirmed case.

Grant County was the first and hardest hit county in Eastern Washington in the early days of the pandemic but had improved enough by May 23 to move to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan.

The county had hoped to apply to move to Phase 3 before cases began spiking two weeks ago.

The cases reported over the weekend were residents of Ephrata, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Quincy, Royal City, and Soap Lake.