New county cases reported
May 6, 2020
Monday, May 11
Klickitat County saw an increase in confirmed positive cases over the weekend. Public Health has confirmed cases 20, 21, and 22, according to the Klickitat County in Unified Command Emergency Management & Public Health in a statement released Monday evening.
“We are just beginning to learn the long term and lasting effects of this highly transmissible disease,” the statement said.
The agency stated there is widespread recognition that the novel coronavirus is far more unpredictable than a simple respiratory virus. Covid-19 is now suspected to have the potential to attack from the brain to the toes, and from infant to elderly. Doctors and scientists are learning the virus has the ability to affect many parts of the body including the brain, heart, kidneys, and blood vessels. There is concern that some of the damage recently observed may cause long term harm. Successfully overcoming the infection is the first part of a long journey in regaining and maintaining the overall health of COVID-19 infected people.
The data and historical record all suggest that the virus will again increase and ultimately take more lives, the agency believes, citing researchers at the University of Cambridge who report their models show a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19 if 80 percent of the population wear masks while in public compared to a minimal impact if only 50 percent were to wear a mask in public.
In order to reduce the risks, the agency advises the following procedures:
• Engage in physical distancing of at least six feet
• Wear face coverings in public places
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
• Avoid crowded locations, be flexible, go back when the crowd disperses
• Stay home if sick
• Avoid others who are sick
Washington State COVID-19 Response Website: https://coronavirus.wa.gov