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Klickitat County has first confirmed coronavirus case


March 11, 2020

Saturday afternoon, March 14, the Klickitat County Department of Health (DOH) confirmed a case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

This patient is not considered to be a high risk for community transmission. While the risk to the general public is low in the county, the Klickitat County Health Department states it is working with the Washington State Department of Health, Local Medical Providers, and Emergency Management to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed case. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

The news comes on the heels of increasing social distancing (the term for avoiding gatherings in order to halt the spread of the virus) in and around Goldendale. Most recently, Friday Gov. Jay Inslee instructed all public schools in Washington State to temporarily cease classes; the Goldendale School District will hold classes on Monday, March 16, then close until April 27.

The DOH offers this advice:

"The most important thing you can do is maintain your social distancing. Social distancing means remaining out of group settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining 6 feet or more from others if possible. Stay home if you have any one of the following symptoms: a temperature of 100.4 degrees F (or greater) or a cough or shortness of breath.

"Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces around your house and business.

"Everyone in Klickitat County needs to be responsible with their own health and stay informed. If everyone is diligent and responsible it will help response to this emerging public health threat in Klickitat County. We should all do our part and not make assumptions by discriminating, spreading misinformation /rumors, or harassing individuals, families, and communities. Be diligent with social distancing. Wash your hands. Stay home if you have any one of the following symptoms: a temperature of 100.4 degrees F (or greater) or a cough or shortness of breath.

"If you think you may have the coronavirus, you need to stay home, restrict your activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Dial 911 if you are having an emergency. Call ahead before visiting your doctor, the hospital, or emergency department and tell them you suspect you have COVID-19. Do not go to work, or public areas. Avoid using shared transportation if possible. Wash your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes."


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