Health officials report four deaths from COVID-19 in Whitman County

Aug. 6—Four deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Whitman County this past week, according to figures posted on the Washington State Department of Health website.

No details were provided about the people who died. The deaths bring Whitman County's total to 96 during the two-plus years of the pandemic.

Despite the deaths, the Palouse's total of new cases was down this past week. Whitman County reported approximately 45 cases while Latah County added 21 cases.

Those numbers are likely smaller than the actual case total, since virus cases confirmed with home tests aren't part of the official tally.