Spokane and the Nation: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

Headline: “Four Hundred New Flu Cases in Last Two Days”

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle December 2, 1918, page 6

Subject: The re-emerging influenza epidemic

Synopsis: Almost 400 people in Spokane became ill with the flu in a two-day period. This is a new record for the city, shattering the old record by almost 60 cases. Despite the sudden re-emergence of the epidemic, city health officers do not feel the need to place the city under another quarantine.

Notable Quotation:

• “All records for the influenza epidemic were broken today, when at 3 p.m. 397 new cases had been reported to the health department for the period of time since Saturday noon.”

“Four Hundred New Flu Cases in Last Two Days”

            All records for the influenza epidemic were broken today, when at 3 p.m. 397 new cases had been reported to the health department for the period of time since Saturday noon. It was expected the number of cases would reach the 500 mark before the close of the office at 5 o’clock. Twenty-three new cases of pneumonia also were reported. The former record for daily reports was 343 cases, on October 23. The total number of influenza cases reported to the health department is now 7232, while pneumonia casts number 595.

            A[t] 3 p.m. Dr. Anderson and Commissioner Charles Fleming stated that no action would be taken at least today toward the placing of another quarantine upon the city.