Editor’s note: The date for this update is current as of Oct. 13, 2021.

A COVID-19 outbreak continues at Long Creek School, according to the latest update from the Oregon Health Authority, although it could come off the active list as early as next week if no new cases are reported.

In a weekly update issued on Wednesday, Oct. 13, OHA reported that the school has an active outbreak with eight cases.

The state agency defines a school outbreak as two or more cases of COVID-19 among students, staff members or volunteers within a school setting. An outbreak is declared resolved when there have been no new cases within the last 28 days.

According to OHA, the most recent case in the Long Creek School outbreak began on Sept. 22.

There are no other active outbreaks listed in the latest OHA update involving schools, workplaces, congregate care facilities or child care centers in Grant County.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 13, Grant County has recorded 965 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began, OHA data shows. The state has reported a cumulative total of 346,480 cases and 4,117 deaths.

The United States has had a total of 44,680,231 cases of COVID-19 and 719,483 COVID-related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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

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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