COVID-19 rapid test

A Grant County Health Department staff member reviews a COVID-19 rapid test result.

The Grant County Health Department reported nine new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

The health department said the new cases were in the John Day, Prairie City and Mt. Vernon ZIP codes.

The health department said they are working with their respective health care providers.

County health officials said they continue to 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 your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Stay home if you feel 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

The health department said they encourage anyone presenting these symptoms to call 211 or the health department at 541-575-0429.

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