Dr. Francisco Velazquez, Spokane Regional Well being District’s interim well being officer, mentioned that it’s constructive information, however that individuals cannot let their guards down.
The Spokane Regional Well being District has reported a number of days with new case counts within the double-digits, after weeks of case counts close to or above 200. Present hospitalizations additionally noticed a lower from 116 to 54 in simply eight days in February.
Dr. Francisco Velazquez, SRHD’s interim well being officer, mentioned the pattern is a promising. He additionally mentioned he has observed the pattern for the previous few weeks.
“If you happen to recall, for the previous couple of weeks I’ve made the remark that our numbers are trending in the appropriate route,” Velazquez mentioned.
Whereas Velazquez mentioned the downward pattern is probably going due to a couple components, the most important might come down to private habits.
“You have a look at the literature, the numbers which have improved and that features right here, have drastically improved as a result of we’re following the general public well being steerage. And being aware about social distancing gathering et cetra, et cetra,” he mentioned.
He added that vaccine rollout and elevated testing capability have additionally performed a job, though he mentioned not sufficient vaccines have been administered to play a big function.
Case knowledge from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6 exhibits a part of this downward pattern. There was a principally regular lower from 193 circumstances on Feb. 2, to solely 71 circumstances on Feb. 6.
A have a look at circumstances from Feb. 12 to Feb. 16 additionally attracts one other comparability, exhibiting that just lately, circumstances have been hovering round and even dropping decrease than 100 a day. From Feb. 2 to Feb. 6, they had been nearer to 200 or 150 new circumstances a day.
The drop in present hospitalizations has been much more dramatic.
On Feb. 2, 116 individuals had been listed as hospitalized resulting from COVID-19. That then proceeded to drop virtually day-after-day, with final Friday, Feb. 12, exhibiting solely 57 individuals at the moment hospitalized.
On Feb. 16, 66 individuals had been listed as hospitalized.
Velazquez additionally added that retaining circumstances down results in hospitalizations and deaths additionally being prone to go down. Spokane County did report 10 deaths on Feb. 10, the primary time in weeks new deaths hit double-digits.
Velazquez mentioned that whereas the pattern is constructive information, individuals cannot let their guards down.
“If you consider whenever you’re a affected person, in case you begin to really feel higher, your physician tells you, you may’t cease taking your remedy, even in case you begin to really feel higher. So, it is the identical factor with this pandemic. Regardless that we’re doing somewhat bit higher, it does not imply that we have to cease doing what we’re doing,” he mentioned.
The well being officer additionally added that he was opitimistic that individuals adopted well being tips for Tremendous Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day as to keep away from a case spike within the following weeks. He additionally mentioned faculties haven’t proven to be a spot of excessive case transmission resulting from protocols being adopted.