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New cases have potential for wider spread


Wednesday, June 10, 3:43 p.m.

The Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with the Klickitat County Public Health Department (PHD), released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying it is investigating “two new cases that have the potential for wider community spread in the Goldendale area.”

Asked by The Sentinel what this means, an EOC spokesperson responded by email: "The initial investigation is leading us to believe that community spread is highly probable with these new cases. Community spread is defined by the CDC as 'people who have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.' If a person goes into the public once they are infected with COVID-19, whether known to them or not, contact tracing and investigation becomes increasingly difficult due to the amount of exposure during community activities."

The statement added the PHD is working to gather as much information as quickly as possible in order to be able to identify close contacts of confirmed cases.

“Since entering Phase 2 on June 1, we have increased by 19 cases bringing our total count to 44 cases,” the EOC statement said. The breakdown of those 19 cases is: White Salmon 1, Klickitat 1, Dallesport 1, Roosevelt 1, Bingen 3 and 12 positives for Goldendale.

“We need everyone to follow all health precautions that have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” the EOC said in its statement. “If you are not following these precautions you may be contributing to the spread of this virus in our community. If you test positive for COVID-19 or if you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive, it is important that you cooperate with the PHD and voluntarily quarantine and/or isolate yourself to protect your loved ones and the community members. We need community cooperation in order to be successful at managing COVID activity, keep all of our community members healthy and safe, and support our county moving through the ‘Safe Start’ phases.”


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