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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

EWU records first COVID-19 case


Last updated 5/8/2020 at 7:19pm

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University officials announced today (May 8) that it had recorded its first case of COVID-19.

In a statement on its website, the university said it had been contacted by Spokane Regional Health District officials that "a member of our campus community tested positive for COVID-19." The individual was apparently not on campus during the time they were contagious and is currently in stable condition at their home, with EWU officials offering assistance.

The Regional Health District has contacted the individual and conducted contact-tracing protocols to determine if anyone else may be impacted. No further safety or health actions are being taken at this time by "EWU or by our students, faculty and staff."

University officials said in the future they would only notify the campus of incidents which require broader action, and continue to work with the Regional Health Department on contact-tracing and notification.

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John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

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