Baker County has been notified of two new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the county. The Baker County Health Department case investigation and contact tracing is underway for each of the new cases. Baker County now has a total of 6 cases.
The Baker County Health Department will be conducting case investigation and contract tracing to identify anyone who may have come in close contact with the individuals who tested positive in the last 14 days. If you are identified as someone who was a close contact and may be at risk for COVID-19, you will be notified. Please support the Health Department’s contact tracing efforts by having voicemail available in the event you cannot answer. As required by law, the Health Department protects individual privacy while investigating cases.
Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is asked to isolate at home for 14 days to prevent spread of the illness to other people in the community. With the public health investigation ongoing, you can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by wearing face coverings in public, maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, and washing your hands regularly. People who have mild signs of COVID-19 should stay home, unless the signs of illness are serious enough they would normally seek health care. Call your healthcare provider before going in to make a plan for how to be seen, while also avoiding the spread of the illness to others. Signs of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. For a full list of symptoms and when to seek emergency medical attention visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Baker County, surrounding areas and the nation, Baker County reminds residents to stay safe while celebrating this holiday weekend. Support our local businesses, and keep in mind that masks are now required in indoor public spaces statewide. If you have questions about the requirements or exemptions, see the Oregon Health Authority guidance.
County officials have heard concerns from a number of residents about the Haines Stampede Rodeo event on the 3rd and 4th. The Haines Stampede Rodeo organizers have been in contact with Baker County Emergency Management and are aware of the state’s requirements for outdoor events. Organizers have modified the event based on the state guidelines. If you attend the rodeo or another event this weekend, please be mindful of the changes.
Baker County is not an enforcer of the state guidelines for businesses or events, but Baker County will work with the managers and organizers to obtain and understand the applicable state guidance. If you have questions about the current requirements for businesses, the Baker County business information line is available for questions at 541-523-0015 on weekdays.
Have a safe holiday weekend however you choose to celebrate.