Grant County Health Department staff prepare COVID-19 tests in May.

Grant County Health Department officials said two new COVID-19 cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority last week were a data entry error.

The Oregon Health Authority reported two new positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County Thursday, but according to Kimberly Lindsay, the county’s public health administrator, those cases have been attributed to a data entry error made when entering a test result. Lindsay said the total number of Grant County cases remains at eight.

Lindsay said the health department receives alerts from the OHA state database whenever anyone in Grant County tests positive for an infectious disease, including COVID-19.

“We are sorry for any confusion or concerns that have occured from this data entry error but are happy to report that we have not seen any new cases,” Lindsay said.

The health department, according to its website, encourages all residents to do the following:

• Wear mask indoors and wear a mask 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. Symptoms include:

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

Anyone who has these symptoms should call 211 or the 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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