Baker County has released two new documents that answer recent questions county staff has received about quarantine and isolation. Using a question and answer format, one document provides answers to general commonly asked questions, while a second document gives answers specifically for employers. The new Q&A information is available on the Baker County COVID-19 website, https://www.bakercountycovid19.com.
The Baker County Health Department will not be able to provide immunizations at school registration this year because of registration changes made in response to COVID-19. Any immunizations students need can be scheduled at the Baker County Health Department. Health Department staff can check vaccine records to find out if a child is due for any vaccines, and provide immunization records that can be provided to the school the child is attending. Parents and guardians are responsible for providing immunization records to the schools their children attend.
The Baker County Health Department is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and can answer any questions or concerns for bringing a child in. Please call 541-523-8211 for a copy of your child’s record, to confirm if your child needs any immunizations, or to schedule an appointment. The Health Department will be open until 6:30 PM on August 10th and 11th to make scheduling easier.
School exclusion is on February 17th, 2021, and students who do not have their required vaccines will be excluded from school on this date until the student’s information is up-to-date. These laws will not be waived during COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, the Health Department may not be able to provide walk-in appointments on school exclusion day like has been done in the past.
Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Baker County Health Department, bringing the total case count in the county to 29. The Baker County Health Department is conducting case investigation and contract tracing to identify anyone who may have come in close contact with the individual 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. Anyone identified as a close contact of the individual who tests positive will be asked to quarantine to avoid exposing others to the virus.
As cases increase in the county and surrounding areas, protect yourself as well as your friends, neighbors and community 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, and avoid spreading 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.
All future cases will be reported at www.bakercountycovid19.com using the case counter on the homepage, and press releases will no longer be sent out for newly reported cases. Press releases will continue to be used to share information about significant events.