Whitman County confirms 26 new cases

Whitman County experiencing artificially reduced numbers due to a delay in receiving lab results

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

Twenty-six individuals tested positive for COVID-19, raising Whitman County’s total to 870 cases. 

Of the new patients, three females and two males are aged 1-19 years, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. Sixteen patients are aged 20-39 years, eight are female and eight are male. Three patients are aged 40-59 years, two are female and one is male. Two patients are female aged 60-79 and over 80 years, respectively. 

All patients are stable and self-isolating, according to the press release. 

There have been four congregate outbreaks in the last three weeks, according to the press release. These outbreaks were located in dorms, Greek housing and a long-term care facility. 

The county’s numbers are artificially reduced due to a delay in receiving lab results, according to the press release. Meaning, it is likely the number of positive cases in the county is higher than currently reported. 

Residents are reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing.