Behind the scenes, yet on the front lines: Epidemiologists reflect on a pandemic year

It was a little over a year ago when Anna Halloran woke up in the early hours of March 14, 2020, to a phone call.

A local physician was on the line with grim, albeit anticipated, news: The first positive case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Spokane County.

It was go-time. Halloran, the on-call epidemiologist at the Spokane Regional Health District, alerted her supervisor and then-Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz, and eventually the whole epidemiology team, to respond.

She headed into the office, while some worked from home, to respond to not one, but four cases. It turned out there were three confirmed cases in the county (and

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