Grant County resident dies from COVID-19 related complications

by Rachal Pinkerton
Staff Writer | May 19, 2020 9:24 PM

MOSES LAKE/OTHELLO — A fourth Grant County resident died on Monday, May 18, from COVID-19 related complications. The patient was a male in his 50s from the Grand Coulee area.

The past week, from Monday, May 11 to Monday, May 18, saw six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grant County, bringing the county total to 192 cases.

Mattawa and Quincy each took three of the cases. Mattawa now has 46 total cases and Quincy has 71 total cases. The rest of the county had no new cases.

For the past four weeks, Royal, Warden and Soap Lake have not had any new cases. Ephrata has not had any new cases for three weeks. Moses Lake and the Grand Coulee/Electric City area has been steady for the past two weeks. So far, Coulee City has not had any reported cases of COVID-19.

As of Monday, May 18, 91 tests were pending. So far, 2,304 tests have come back negative. Of the 192 confirmed cases in the county, 92 people have recovered. Only two are hospitalized as of Monday evening. Overall, 35 probable cases have been reported.

Of the confirmed cases, 87 are male and 105 are female. Fourteen cases have been in individuals newborn to 18 years old. The most cases have been in the 19- to 40-year-old range. This age group has had 84 confirmed cases. There have been 64 cases in the 41- to 60-year-old range. Twenty-nine cases have been reported in the 61- to 80-year-old range. Only one person over the age of 80 has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.

From Monday, May 11, to Monday, May 18, only one new case of COVID-19 and one new probable case was reported in Adams County. Of those cases, 48 confirmed cases had recovered and 21 probable cases have recovered. Currently, no Adams County residents are being hospitalized for COVID-19.

Adams County has sent out a total of 424 tests. Three hundred fifty of those tests have come back negative. Nine tests are pending.

Othello had the new case over the past week. The number of Lind and Ritzville cases has not changed in the past four weeks.

While the number of news cases in both counties continues to remain low, Karen Potts, nurse and community health director for the Adams County Health Department, has issued a warning that patients 21 and younger can experience severe inflammation and symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease if they contract COVID-19. Kawasaki disease primarily affects children under 5, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Clinical signs include fever, rash, and irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat.

The warning was issued after children in the United Kingdom who had previously been healthy, but who had tested positive for COVID-19, began coming in with severe inflammation. The patients had persistent fevers and a variety of symptoms including hypotension, elevated inflammatory markers and had issues with multiple organs. Children in New York were also found to have had similar presentations.

At this point, this is limited information available about the link between COVID-19 and the severe inflammation found in the reported cases. Anyone with a suspected case of COVID-19 and/or symptoms similar to those described above should call their health care provider prior to going in for treatment.

Rachal Pinkerton may be reached via email at rpinkerton@suntribunenews.com.