Jessica Winegar and Cindy Baker

Grant County Health Department Clinic Manager Jessica Winegar (left) gets her nose swabbed for a coronavirus test last month by health department staff member Cindy Baker at the health department.

Five more people in Grant County tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The Grant County Health Department said in a press release Wednesday that the people infected with the virus live within the John Day and Monument ZIP codes. 

After a week-long lull in new infections, the county has seen nine new cases in less than 24 hours.

Grant County's Region 7, shared with Deschutes, Harney, Klamath, Jefferson, Lake, and Wheeler counties, had 54 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 11 COVID-19 patients in ICU, and five on ventilators, said Kimberly Lindsay, the county's public health administrator in a Wednesday email.

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.

• 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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