Three staff members at Morrow County Public Health among the county’s COVID-19 cases

Morrow County Public Health Department (MCPHD) reminds residents that COVID-19 can affect anyone.  Three of its staff members have symptoms of COVID-19.  One tested positive for COVID-19 and had close contact with the other two staff members who are ill.  The two close contacts are presumed to have COVID-19 and are included in the county’s overall case count.

All three staff members are home in isolation, as recommended by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance.  During the on-going investigation it was determined that the employee who tested positive had contact with a recently confirmed positive case in the community.  Due to Public Health’s limited contact services, no clients have been identified as at-risk of exposure.

“Morrow, like many Oregon counties, is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases” said Shelley Wight/Communicable Disease Coordinator “These cases are appearing in all parts of society-long term care facilities, food and agricultural facilities, worksites of all kinds- in addition to social gatherings like backyard barbecues and exercise classes.  It’s no surprise that even local public health staff and offices are impacted.”

Public Health learned about the first infection over the weekend and moved swiftly to protect its staff, clients and the community.  The other two cases were located during the investigation. Due to the high infectious rate of COVID-19, Morrow County Health Department is closed to the public for the next two weeks for sanitizing and deep cleaning.  While our offices will be closed to walk-in services, phone support will continue to be available at 541-676-5421.

We have partnered with Umatilla County Public Health for client support and needed services, please call 541-278-5432 to make an appointment.  OHA is providing support to Public Health with case investigations and contract tracing, these will continue without interruption.

Show support for public health by taking steps to keep the community safe and strong:

  • Wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, and when 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible outdoors.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and those who are not of your household.
  • Limit the size of gatherings.
  • Washing hands frequently touched surfaces often.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Answer the call from Public Health if a contact tracer calls you.
  • Call your health care provider if you develop signs of COVID-19 illness.

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