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County cases back on the rise


Tuesday, June 9

Klickitat County health officials reported Monday that the county’s cases of Covid-19 increased by 16 in the past nine days. The increase was not linked to the county entering the state’s Phase 2 status.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Unified Command with the Klickitat County Public Health Department said the county’s case count was now at 40 total positive cases. “We entered phase 2 just 1 week ago and have yet to see the impact on case activity from that factor,” the EOC said in a statement. “These recent cases are linked back closer to the Memorial Day weekend and increased community activity.”

The EOC stated a few cases are linked to known outbreaks in Oregon and likely brought in by the common traffic across state lines along the Gorge. “These cases have been a low risk to our county based on rapid case investigation and management done early in Oregon and with the help of the residents choosing to isolate,” the EOC said. “Some of the other positive cases have been linked to previous close contacts which were able to be addressed very quickly through contacting all close contacts and asking them to self-quarantine. The other remaining cases have been traced to travel to other counties and states.”

Increasing case activity is expected, the EOC said, simply due to the increased risk of more businesses and activities opening up in Phase 2. “The biggest factor in keeping our county from losing the Phase 2 status and to eventually being able to move into Phase 3 is for everyone to take the proper health and hygiene precautions to reduce COVID-19 activity in our county. Our Public Health Department is monitoring and contacting every active case daily and contacting all close contacts to make them aware.

“Physical distancing, wearing a mask, contact tracing, and mitigation efforts such as quarantine and isolation are the most effective tools we have at this point to stop the spread in our county. Please continue to use all health precautions recommended, and if you are contacted by the Public Health Department as a close contact, please help by adhering to the self-quarantine request.”

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