The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grant County climbed significantly in the past week, rising from 288 up to 471 as of Monday evening.

With the large jump, the Quincy area has now eclipsed the century mark and now has 115 positive cases, according to the Grant County Health District website. Moses Lake remains the most infected area in the county with 140 cases as of Monday evening.

According to data compiled by the health district, nearly 62% of confirmed cases are individuals who are retired/unemployed, or work in the agriculture and ag support sector. The education and childcare sector showed the least amount of cases with just 13 of the 377 cases counted, according to a June 19 press release.

“It’s important to recognize that even though we have clusters of cases within Grant County, like with an employer or a social gathering, the first case is often a result of community exposure meaning we can’t link them to a confirmed case,” stated the health district in a June 17 release. “People can be contagious before developing any symptoms and prior to getting sick the positive cases in Grant County did all the normal things anyone does when they are healthy: go to work, go to grocery stores, go to home improvement stores, hang out with friends and family.”

The health district reported last week that two people were discharged from the hospital; however, three more individuals were hospitalized as well in the last week, bringing the total to seven in the county.

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