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First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gilliam County

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Press Release from Chris Fitzsimmons, Gilliam Co. EM Coordinator

The Oregon Health Authority today announced Gilliam County’s first positive case of COVID-19.
The individual is a resident of Gilliam County in Arlington who had no known contact with a confirmed case, so the case is being investigated as a community-acquired case. The individual has been in isolation at home and has not been hospitalized.
It was just a matter of time before we would see our first positive case. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines for staying home if possible and practice physical distancing when you can’t stay home. In addition, residents should take these basic steps to protect those most at risk:
• Use face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at 541-506-2600, visit us on the web at www.ncphd.org on Facebook at NCPHD or Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam County COVID-19 Unified Command.

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