Jessica Winegar

Grant County Health Department Clinic Manager Jessica Winegar reviews a COVID-19 test earlier this month at the health department. 

Four new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County.

The Grant County Health Department reported Tuesday the new cases reside in the Monument and Kimberly ZIP codes. These new cases will not be reported in the Jan. 6 print edition of the Blue Mountain Eagle because they were announced after the Eagle's print deadline.

This is the first case reported by the health department since Dec. 29 and the 171st case reported overall in Grant County.

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.

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