The increase in activity as the county entered phase one has led to an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19. We now have confirmed outbreaks (two or more cases) associated with three different congregate work facilities in Hood River County. We also have individuals connected to these outbreaks that have tested positive and work at other local businesses. Many individuals who live and work with these positive cases and do not currently have symptoms are considered close contacts and should be self monitoring for symptoms and staying quarantined for fourteen days after their last exposure to the positive case. If you believe that you are a close contact to a positive case and have not been contacted by a public health employee please call your local Public Health Department. If you live in Wasco, Sherman, or Gilliam counties you would call North Central Public Health District 541-464-6550. Klickitat County residents should call 509-773-4565. Skamania County residents please call 509-427-3850. Hood River County residents can call 541-386-1115.
Contact investigators here at HRCPHD have noted that several cases were involved in activities outside of work where it is possible they contracted the virus. These were group activities such as BBQ’s, and other parties where numbers of people congregate. Everyone should be aware that these types of gatherings are discouraged. We will continue to see an increase in positive cases in the coming weeks. Those who have underlying health concerns should continue to be extremely cautious about where they are going and who they are in contact with. If you are in public and cannot maintain a 6 foot physical distance from someone who is not a member of your own household you should be wearing a mask!
Who needs a face mask?
- Require employees, contractors and volunteers to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, unless an accommodation for people with disabilities or other exemption applies.
- Provide masks, face shields, or face coverings for employees.
- If it is a transit agency, require riders to wear face coverings and provide one for a rider that does not have one, and develop policies and procedures as described below.
- If customers or visitors will be required to wear a face covering, develop a policy and post clear signs about any such requirements.
- Provide for accommodations and exemptions from the mask or face covering requirement where applicable.
- When riding public transit, an individual must wear a face covering unless the individual: Is less than two years of age. Has a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering. Has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering.
- It is recommended that individuals, including children between 2 and 12 years of age, wear a face covering at all times in settings like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals outside their family unit cannot be maintained, and vulnerable people must go.
- Because children between the ages of 2 and 12 years of age can have challenges wearing a face covering properly, coverings should only be worn with the assistance and close supervision of an adult. Face coverings should never be worn by children when sleeping.