Rapid test

Grant County Health Department clinic manager demonstrates a COVID-19 rapid test to Grant County Court in November 

COVID-19 claimed a third life in Grant County.

On Thursday, the Grant County Health Department reported the COVID-19-related death of a a 63-year-old Grant County woman with underlying conditions, who died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend on March 23.

The health department said they encourage people to be respectful as the family grieves.

The press release noted that the death will show up on the OHA COVID-19 database sometime between today and early next week.

The health department said they encourage all residents to take the following precautions:

Wear a mask indoors and wear a mask outdoors if 6 feet of distancing cannot 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 you cough or sneeze.

Stay home when feeling ill.

The health department said when 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


The health department urges those who present these symptoms to 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 steven@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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