Grant County Health Department curbside testing

Grant County Health Department staff prepare COVID-19 tests in May. The health department confirmed a 10th positive COVID-19 case in then John Day ZIP code Sunday.

Grant County has its 10th COVID-19 case.

The Grant County Health Department confirmed in a press release Sunday morning an individual in the John Day ZIP code tested positive.

The health department said they initiated contact tracing. The individual is working with the department 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.

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

• Wear mask indoors and where a mask outdoors if 6 feet of distancing can not 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 the develop symptoms they will usually appear within 14 days. Symptoms include:

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

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

Reporter

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

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