Grant County Health Department staff.

Grant County Health Department staff wait for cars Nov. 5 during the county's curbside testing at the fairgrounds.

Grant County confirmed six new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's total case count to 133.

The Grant County Health Department confirmed in a press release Wednesday that six people in the John Day, Dayville, Canyon City and Mount Vernon zip codes tested positive.

The health department said they initiated contact tracing. The people are working with their health care providers 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 press release also provided a "snapshot" of Grant County's region seven, which it shares with Deschutes, Harney, Klamath, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, and Wheeler counties.

Currently, according to the press release, 27 COVID-19 positive patients are being hospitalized - the highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic - the press release said.

According to the press release, there are currently seven available intensive care unit beds in the region, which is a slight increase from Monday's report.

"ICU bed space and reduced staffing levels remain an elevated concern statewide and regionally," the press release said.

Ventilator capacity remains adequate statewide, according to the press release. There are currently 88 ventilators available in the region.

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.

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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