Jessica Winegar

Jessica Winegar, Grant County Health Department clinic manager prepares a COVID-19 rapid test at a county drive-thru testing event at the fairgrounds in November.

Four more people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Grant County Health Department said the new infections are in the Prairie City ZIP code.

The health department said Thursday the uptick in new infections resulted from community spread occurring within the county over the last two weeks.

In a separate press release on Thursday, the Blue Mountain Care Center announced that seven people tested positive for COVID-19 at their care center this week. Four of the cases are employees, while three are residents, according to the care center.

The care center said the infected residents would require written approval from the Oregon Health Authority before they can be allowed back to facility.

The health department continues to encourage all residents to take the following precautions:

Wear a mask indoors and wear a mask outdoors if 6 feet of distancing cannot be maintained.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Stay home if you feel ill.

After someone contracts COVID-19, if they develop symptoms they will usually appear within 14 days. Symptoms include:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


The staff urges those who present with these symptoms to call 211 or the Grant County Health Department at 541-575-0429.


Steven Mitchell is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at or 541-575-0710.

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