Wednesday, November 18, 5:36 p.m.

Klickitat County Health Department investigates new cases and makes recommendations

The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) tonight reports the highest case count Klickitat County has seen since mid-August. This increase in new COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks is a trend seen throughout Washington state and nationwide. Contributing to the uptick in new cases in Klickitat County are small social gatherings in residential homes. For this reason, KCHD is offering recommendations for residents during the holiday season. 

KCHD urges Klickitat County residents to make safe choices when celebrating the holidays this year. For the safety of your friends, family, and our community, it is recommended that you do not attend or host an in-person holiday gathering if any of the following apply to you:

  • You or someone you live with has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others
  • You or someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms
  • You are currently waiting for COVID-19 viral test results
  • You are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • You are an older adult with certain medical conditions who is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness

For more recommendations from the CDC on holiday celebrations and small gatherings please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.

“Klickitat County Health Department is actively working with the community to provide health guidance for business, families, and healthcare providers. We know that the holidays are a special time and would like everyone to remember to be safe and use precautions.” states Erinn Quinn, Director for Klickitat County Public Health.