Asotin County reports more COVID cases

Asotin County reported five new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing its total to 37 since the pandemic began. Health officials say13 of those cases — more than a third — have been reported in just the last week.

The new cases in a week’s time translates into an infection rate of 57 per 100,000 in population. And based on state guidance for safe school reopening, Asotin County would now fall into the moderate risk category.

In-person or hybrid classes, which combine in-person instruction with online or video teaching, are encouraged for areas with low virus transmission rates.

However, areas that report 25 to 75 new cases per 100,000 population over the previous two weeks are in the moderate risk category. For those schools, the state recommends they follow a distance learning model, and strongly recommends canceling or postponing all in-person extracurricular activities.

The region as a whole reported 24 new cases of the virus Thursday, one of its largest one-day jumps since the pandemic began. Over the past week, 95 new cases have been reported, an increase of 23 percent.

Besides the five new cases in Asotin County, Whitman County reported one new case Thursday, for a total of 127.

Latah County reported nine new cases, for a total of 125, leading Moscow school district officials to cancel all fall sports at the high school and middle school levels – opting instead for an intramural model that eliminates travel. Nez Perce County had six new cases, and Lewis County — which reported its first case of the virus Wednesday — added three more. (Lewiston Tribune)