May 21: Coronavirus Cases in Umatilla County Now Number 105

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Umatilla County Health (UCo Health) reported two new confirmed cases of coronavirus today.

That brings the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 105.

The two individuals who tested positive have been identified as close contacts with a confirmed case. They are both at self-isolating and recovering at home.

There are five presumptive cases.

A presumptive case is someone who does not have a positive PCR test – a “Polymerase Chain Reaction” that confirms if a person has COVID-19 – but is showing symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed case. If they later test positive by PCR, those will be re-categorized as confirmed cases.

Of the 105 confirmed cases, UCo Health is reporting that 81 have recovered. One remains hospitalized. Three have died.

Individuals are considered recovered when they have been free from symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea for 72 hours.

As Gov. Kate Brown starts slowly lifting restrictions on activities and businesses, it’s important to remember that health and hygiene advice that slows the spread of COVID-19 still applies:

  • Stay home if you are sick. If you develop symptoms while in public, return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.
  • People who are at risk for severe complications (over age sixty or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.
  • Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing for at least twenty seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and avoid touching your face.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least six feet between you and people you do not live with.
  • Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public.
  • Stay close to home. Avoid overnight trips and other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live.

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