Jessica Winegar

Grant County Health Department Clinic Manager Jessica Winegar.

Eleven more Grant County residents have COVID-19.

The Grant County Health Department reported on Thursday that

eleven people tested positive in the John Day, Prairie City, and Canyon City ZIP codes.

Kimberly Lindsay, the county's public health administrator, said that the county is seeing not only a more significant jump in cases but sickness across all ages of those infected. More than the county saw in November, she said, when cases in the counties surged by over 900% in less than a month.

"We are concerned and closely monitoring. I can not stress enough the importance of physical distancing, wearing masks, not attending large(r) gatherings." Lindsay said. "I hope I don’t sound preachy. But am wanting to convey a significant concern and the gravity of the situation."

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


Those who present with these symptoms should 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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