Visitors Test Positive for COVID-19

Hood River County Health Department has been informed by regional contact tracers that a group of visitors to Cascade Locks have tested positive for COVID-19. These visitors have been in the area since April 20. One member of this group has been hospitalized. Other members of this group have now returned home to other Counties in Oregon. At this time, it appears that risk of exposure is minimal to the community. We want to  keep all community members safe and encourage everyone to be on alert for symptoms of the virus. If you  have symptoms please contact your health care provider, or the Health Department if you need a referral. Be advised that if you are named as a contact, we will be reaching out to you. “We ask people to answer our calls and follow the guidance if they’ve been exposed to the virus, so that we can continue to suppress COVID-19 in our community. As we do this, we’ll protect our family, friends, and neighbors” Said Patricia Elliott Director of Hood River County Health Department. We are working with community partners to schedule a testing event in Cascade Locks, as needed.

Many people in our region (and all across the country) are not complying with masking and physical distancing measures, but it is certainly not any one specific group of people. We are asking that all visitors and community members, including children between 2 and 12 years of age, wear a face covering in settings where it is likely that physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals outside their family or living unit cannot be maintained. 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!

Hood River County Public Health Department continues to stress to everyone that COVID-19 is circulating in our community and people with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay at home:

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 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 symptoms for 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medication. 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. Most importantly wash your hands thoroughly and frequently!