Two Additional Linked Cases Identified in Hood River County

Hood River County has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in local residents. The last four cases are from the same family. The family has been asked to isolate according to current guidelines. Hood River County Health  Department continues the investigation of this case as additional contacts are identified. We will remain in daily contact with all identified cases until their symptoms have resolved. For the protection and privacy of the individuals no further information will be released per ORS 433.008(2) and 433.138 at this time. If you have been identified as a close  contact to one of these people you will be notified. A close contact is currently defined as being within six feet of an infected person for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Close contacts are now being asked to quarantine for 14 days after the last date of exposure.

We continue to stress to everyone that there are unidentified and asymptomatic cases in our community. Please if you are not feeling well, stay home, call your doctor and test for COVID if advised. DO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC. If you are well, protect yourself by continuing to maintain social distancing when you are in public and consider wearing a cloth face covering. Do not go out or to work if you have even mild cold or flu like symptoms. Stay home until your symptoms have fully resolved, and you have been without a fever for 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medication.

More cases will continue to be identified as testing in our community increases. Please do your part to slow the spread! If you are sick with even mild symptoms, please self-isolate and avoid direct contact with others. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.

Everyone should:

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6ft) and avoid crowded areas; and
  • If you get sick, stay home!

If you are sick:

  • Stay home and isolate. If you get sick at work, leave immediately and go home.
  • In most cases , you will recover without medical intervention;
  • Anybody with questions, should call their primary medical provider (rather than arrive unannounced);
  • If you have difficulty breathing, or any other serious medical emergency, call 911.

For more information about COVID-19 visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Hood River County Health Department: (541) 386-1115, https://www.co.hood-river.or.us, follow the left menu to Departments, Health Department.

Hood River County Emergency Management, Get Ready Gorge: www.getreadygorge.com/