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

Headline: “Influenza Cases Decrease”

Source: Spokesman-Review, January 12, 1919, page 6

Subject: The waning epidemic

Synopsis: Influenza cases in Spokane are on the decline, with 12 cases being reported the day before. So far the disease has killed 441 people in the city. The ban on dances and public gatherings is still in effect. Theater owners will be able to get a refund on the license fees for the days that they were forced to close.

Notable Quotations:

• “Since the first influenza was reported in October 10,705 cases have been turned in to the city health office and 441 deaths reported.”

 • “No action has yet been taken toward lifting the ban on dances, although Dr. Anderson, city health officer, yesterday said that he has this under consideration.”

 “Influenza Cases Decrease”

Ban on Dances and Large Assemblages Still Holds.

           Influenza reports dropped to 12 yesterday at the city health office. Two cases of pneumonia and two deaths were reported. Since the first influenza was reported in October 10,705 cases have been turned in to the city health office and 441 deaths reported.  No action has yet been taken toward lifting the ban on dances, although Dr. Anderson, city health officer, yesterday said that he has this under consideration.  Large public assemblages are still prohibited.

           The city council yesterday agreed to refund the license fees to theaters for 40 days, the period during which they were closed in October and November.  No allowance on license fees was given for the period in December when theaters ran at half capacity.  This will give $25 to the house paying a license of $200 a year.