COVID cases in most schools in the Spokane area are starting to stabilize

The incidence of COVID-19 cases has been lower or stable in most local school districts for the past week.

At Spokane Public Schools, the number of positive cases last week was 92, an increase of five from the previous week.

However, the number of people quarantined due to close contact fell slightly from 491 in the previous week to 481 in the one-week period ended Friday.

The Westview and Willard elementary schools were hardest hit, with 40 and 38 people in quarantine, respectively.

Schools in the Central Valley also saw a slight increase, from 87 positive cases in the last 14 days to 93 positive cases this week.

Of those positive cases, 27 occurred at University High School, where officials were forced to cancel the rest of the college football schedule last week.

Metschulen saw a significant drop in cases in the previous 10 days, from 87 a week ago to 63 reported on Friday.

However, the West Valley COVID numbers remained worrying as there had been 39 positive cases in the past 14 days. Medicinal lake that had 24; and Cheney, which have reported 33 cases in the past two weeks.

The numbers continue to decline in Coeur d’Alene, where the 36 cases reported this week are the lowest of the year to date. 116 students and employees are said to have been “outside of buildings” by Friday.

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