Jessica Winegar

Grant County Health Department Manager Jessica Winegar prepares a COVID-19 test kit Thursday during the county's drive-thru testing at the fairgrounds.

Four more people in Grant County have COVID-19, bringing the county's total case count to 54.

The Grant County Health Department confirmed in a press release Monday that four people in the John Day ZIP code tested positive.

The health department said they initiated contact tracing. The individuals are working with their health care providers for proper care and safety, the press release said, and the department is contacting other people who meet the definition of close contacts — within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.

Grant County Health Administrator Kimberly Lindsay said Monday the health department will offer free COVID-19 testing to anyone without insurance by appointment Monday through Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Most insurance companies are covering the cost of the test.

Lindsay said she anticipates the health department having enough free tests to get through the week, but she cannot guarantee that.

The health department encourages all residents to take the following precautions:

• Wear masks indoors and outdoors if 6 feet of distancing can not be maintained.

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

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

• Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

• Stay home when feeling ill.

After someone contracts COVID-19, if they develop symptoms, they will usually appear within 14 days, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

The Grant County Health Department urges anyone exhibiting these symptoms to call 211 or 541-575-0429.


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

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