Several previously hospitalized patients have returned home and continue to recover as of May 8, according to the Grant County Health District.

Only three patients remain in the hospital fighting complications from the virus, according to a health district news release. In total, 76 patients have recovered in the county.

As of May 10, the total number of positive cases in the county has risen to 186; a small increase from last week’s total of 182.

The Quincy area still has the highest number of cases in the county with 68, followed by the Mattawa area with 43 and Moses Lake with 36. The Coulee City area is the only area in Grant County without a single positive case.

On May 1, Governor Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 31, during a press conference. The order bans all gatherings and temporarily shuts down non-essential businesses.

Businesses that are considered essential must still comply with social distancing and sanitation guidelines, according to a news release.

People are required to stay at home except for essential activities that include the following:

● Obtaining necessary supplies and services

● Engaging in activities related to the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical supplies

● Caring for family members, friends or pets in another household or residence

● Engaging in outdoor exercise, including walking, hiking, running or biking, but proper social distancing practices must be used.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends everyone wear facial coverings in public, according to a news release.

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