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Editor’s note: The data for this update is current as of Nov. 24, 2021.

JOHN DAY — COVID-19 has returned to Humbolt Elementary School.

According to the latest weekly update from the Oregon Health Authority, released on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the Canyon City school has an active outbreak totaling 26 cases. The most recent case associated with the outbreak dates to Nov. 2.

A previously reported outbreak at Humbolt Elementary that reached a total of 16 cases was declared resolved on Nov. 3.

OHA defines a school outbreak as two or more cases of COVID-19 in students, staff or volunteers that have a shared, defined exposure within a school setting. Outbreaks are considered resolved when there have been no new cases in the past 28 days. 

The latest OHA report shows no other ongoing outbreaks at schools, workplaces, congregate care facilities or child care centers in Grant County.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 24, Grant County has recorded 1,083 cases of COVID-19, up 10 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 387,485 cases and 5,116 deaths.

The United States has had about 48.1 million cases of COVID-19 and 775,369 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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