SPOKANE, Wash. February 20 marks the two-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spokane.
Four COVID patients were flown into Spokane International Airport from Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento two years ago. They were then transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment.
The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked Providence to take care of patients because Sacred Heart was one of 10 hospitals in the country with secured airborne infection isolation rooms.
It happened at a time when there were very few cases in the United States, and Spokane County has had nearly 119,000 COVID-19 cases since then.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Coronavirus patients arrive in Spokane for treatment
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