Grant County COVID-19 cases saw their biggest jump yet on Monday

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Saying there is a community spread of COVID-19 taking place in Grant County, the health district reported 38 new cases Monday after finding 11 new cases over the weekend.

That came on the heels of a spike in the county last week that showed 31 new cases over a three-day period.

The latest report said the new positive tests for the coronavirus came from all corners of the county.

The health district said some of the cases investigated thus far have been traced to social gatherings, the same employer and agricultural workers.

“There is community spread within Grant County. Please take all precautions you can to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please avoid large gatherings, including BBQs and parties,” the health district said.

On May 23, the county was approved to move to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan and had planned to apply to move to Phase 3 but put that on hold after last week’s outbreak.

Moses Lake has now surpassed the Quincy area with the most cases at 98.

Quincy, which reported the first positive test and death from the virus has 91 cases.