From 'cautiously optimistic' to 'cautious': California COVID variants confirmed in Spokane County and statewide

Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Lindquist has gone from “cautiously optimistic” to just “cautious” about COVID-19 in Washington state after a disturbing plateau in cases and the detection of new variants.

His caution, in part, relies on case counts no longer declining in the state, replaced instead with an ominous flat trend, with the possibility of increasing transmission in some parts of the state.

Lindquist is also concerned about the spread of variants. Labs have confirmed the presence of eight different variants in the state, including those from Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and now including stateside variants from New York and new strains from California.

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