Updated, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday:

WENATCHEE — Confluence Health had received positive COVID-19 results for a total of 16 patients as of Tuesday afternoon, including the first cases reported in Douglas County. 

Four cases were announced Monday morning in a joint press release from the Chelan-Douglas Health District and Confluence Health. 

Confluence Health updated those numbers later Monday evening and again Tuesday to reflect new results returned from its testing labs. 

Cascade Medical Center announced its first two positive cases Tuesday. Read more on that here.

Of the 16 positive patients, eight are Chelan County residents, two are from Douglas County and six are from Grant County, spokesman Andrew Canning said Tuesday. 

Wenatchee Valley College announced Monday night that two of its employees have tested positive, but it was unclear whether those employees were Confluence patients and included in these numbers. Read more on that here.

Grant County had a total of 25 confirmed cases as of Monday evening, according to its health district’s website. 

Health officials expect the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Central Washington to increase as testing continues.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District and Confluence Health in their joint press release Monday urged residents to stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus. 

“We cannot afford to continue overwhelming our hospitals and clinics by spreading the virus any faster,” read part of the release. “Our healthcare system relies heavily on this measure to keep up with ongoing demand.”

Why you need to stay home: Flattening the curve and social distancing

Confluence Health last week announced it would only test high-risk groups — including seniors and people with underlying health conditions — for the virus due to a lack of testing supplies. It also suspended operations at its drive-thru testing clinic. Read more on that here.

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