Union County announced another 119 positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases there to 240 as of today. A number of the cases have been associated with the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City. Case investigations and contact tracing are underway, and the Union County Center for Human Development public health will provide updates as more information becomes available.
The Baker County Health Department says the best way you can ensure you’re informed if you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is to have your voicemail box set up and accessible (not full), and return calls from your local health department. Contact tracers will help anyone who has been identified as a contact understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, how to care for themselves or others if they develop symptoms, and connect with resources in the community. The Oregon Health Authority has provided a reminder that contact tracers will never ask for information such as your social security number, bank account or credit card information, or immigration status, so if a caller were to ask for that information, hang up immediately.
Baker County currently has one confirmed case from May 6th and 343 negative tests. Testing continues to be done in Baker County through primary care providers. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, new confusion or difficulty to arouse, blue lips or face, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest. Please consult your medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 in case of emergency. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
To reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the virus, the Baker County Health Department reminds everyone to remain diligent and observe these recommendations:
● Limit social and recreational activities where social distancing cannot be maintained.
● Stay at least 6 feet from others and use face coverings in public settings.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, rather than into your hands.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or face.
● Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands.
● If you’re sick, isolate yourself until 72 hours after both fever and cough have gone away without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Limiting the spread of the virus is important for protecting the health of our community, especially our most vulnerable, as well as protecting businesses that have been able to reopen or expand services under Phase 2.