CATHLAMET — Two additional covid-19 cases were confirmed Nov. 25 in Wahkiakum County, bringing the total to 22 since the start of the pandemic.

There is no known direct connection to local schools or day care at this time. The individuals have been advised to self-quarantine and people who were in immediate contact are being asked to do the same.

Local health workers are trying to identify anyone who may have an exposure risk because of contact with these individuals. Those people with close contact will be notified by Health and Human Services (WHHS) staff.

The uptick in cases is concerning, WHHS staff said. Citizens are advised to diligently follow Department of Health guidance. It is especially important to stay home if you are sick and to avoid social gatherings, particularly avoid indoor groups. Please reconsider any larger gatherings, even immediate family who don’t live under your roof, this Thanksgiving; celebrate a different way.

The current risk of covid-19 in Washington remains high. Public health is identifying thousands more positive cases of the disease in the state every day. If you think you were at risk of exposure to covid-19, call ahead before you go to your healthcare provider, urgent care, or the emergency department.

What can I do to protect myself from covid-19?

Currently, no approved vaccines are available for covid-19. You can take steps to protect yourself and people around you from this and other diseases:

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

•Wear a protective mask when going out in public.

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

•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•Avoid close contact with others.

•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

•Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

•Stay at home and away from others as much as you can.

•The governor issued an order to stay home — follow it and follow all changes that are occurring.

It’s cold and flu season. These more common respiratory illnesses have affected our communities — especially the flu. The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu.

The Health Department is your source for reliable local public health information, go to Wahkiakumcovid19.com for more information. 

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