Spokane corrections center reports 79 COVID-19 inmate cases

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say that more than half of the inmates at Geiger Corrections Center have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being kept in isolation and quarantined. The Spokesman-Review reported that Spokane County Detention Services said that 79 of the 138 inmates at the lockup tested positive as of Friday. The Airway Heights facility is located west of Spokane and has capacity for 360 inmates. Department officials had confirmed nine COVID-19 cases in inmates during the previous week. Officials also say 11 employees have tested positive.