Inslee visits Brewster, latest COVID-19 hot spot in state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee visited Okanogan County, site of the latest hot spot in a coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the counties of central Washington state. Inslee said Thursday Okanogan County now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the state with nearly 900 cases among its 42,000 residents. The town of Brewster, which has about 2,300 residents, is a particular hot spot with 514 cases, Inslee said. A pattern has emerged in the central Washington farm belt with the Tri-Cities, Yakima and the Wenatchee area all being hard-hit by the virus. All share huge farm economies that require thousands of farm workers living and working in close proximity.