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UCo Health reports fourth COVID-19 case

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The following is a news release from Umatilla County Health Department:

UCo Health now reports one new positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. This individual is self-isolating at home. UCo Health takes every precaution to protect an individual’s health information in regards to any reportable disease, and as such, we will not be not releasing any demographic information, including the town in which this individual resides. An investigation is currently underway. UCo Health has been in contact with this individual and their family. Additionally, we have reached out to all identified close contacts to provide education and guidance.

In response to Executive Order 20-12 issued Monday March 23, UCo Health Director Joseph Fiumara stated, “The purpose of the “Stay Home Save Lives” announced by Gov Brown is to limit the close interactions everyone has on a daily basis. This applies for extended family members as well as friends and acquaintances. UCo Health urges everyone to comply with the Governor’s orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 no matter where in Umatilla County that you live.”

UCo Health is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves. The Oregon State Public Health Lab (OSPHL) and commercial laboratories that are processing samples collected from Umatilla County residents report all test results to UCo Health daily. UCo Health will be providing county specific test results including the total number of tests processed on our website www.ucohealth.net and will update these counts regularly.

In alignment with OHA, UCo Health will be issuing press releases once per day at around 1:00pm in the event that there are new cases to report.

UCo Health would like to reiterate that we are still in the middle of a severe cold and flu season and as such, every individual with flu-like symptoms does not need to be tested for COVID-19. COVID-19 testing will be ordered at the discretion of medical providers, not UCo Health, after individuals with respiratory symptoms are screened to rule out other potential causes such as pneumonia or influenza.

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