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Editor’s note: The data for this update is current as of Nov. 17, 2021.

JOHN DAY — For the third week in a row, the latest weekly update from the Oregon Health Authority shows no active outbreaks of COVID-19 in Grant County.

While that doesn't mean the county is COVID-free, it does mean there are no known case clusters that meet the state's definition of an outbreak.

A report issued Wednesday, Nov. 17, by OHA shows no ongoing outbreaks at schools, workplaces, congregate care facilities or child care centers in Grant County.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 17, Grant County has recorded 1,073 cases of COVID-19, up two from the week before, OHA data shows. The county has recorded 14 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began. The state has reported a cumulative total of 381,842 cases and 4,873 deaths.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 10, the United States has had about 47.4 million cases of COVID-19 and 767,413 COVID-related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and are still the most effective way to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the Grant County Health Department.

Area residents who are interested in receiving the vaccine can contact the following entities to schedule an appointment:

• Grant County Health Department: 541-575-0429

• Strawberry Wilderness Clinic: 541-575-0404

• Len’s Drug: 541-575-0629

• Grant Union SBHC: 541-575-0366

Referral information is available by calling Canyon Creek Clinic at 541-575-1263.

The Grant County Health Department continues to encourage all residents to take the following precautions:

• Get vaccinated against COVID-19.

• Wear a mask in doors and when outside if you cannot maintain 6 foot distancing.

• Maintain 6 feet of distancing, if possible, indoors and outdoors.

• 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

Anyone who presents with these symptoms is urged to call 211 or their health care provider.

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