Well being officers in Northeastern Washington are investigating a “potential widespread COVID-19 publicity” within the Colville space attributable to social gatherings and different occasions.
The Northeast Tri County Well being District (NETCHD) mentioned in an update posted to its website on Friday that the occasions embody these held at Dominion Meadows Golf Course in Colville starting Saturday, Might 1. The well being district has been working to contact individuals who have examined constructive for COVID-19 to supply their check outcomes and isolation steering.
Three folks have examined constructive for COVID-19 thus far following occasions on the golf course however others could have been uncovered to the virus, NETCHD Administrator Matt Schanz instructed KREM’s Whitney Ward.
Those that have attended any gatherings or social occasions at Dominion Meadows Golf Course on Might 1 or after are suggested to watch for signs of COVID-19 — together with cough, fever, shortness of breath, physique aches, diarrhea, headache, lack of style or odor, or sore throat — get examined if signs develop, keep house if sick, be diligent about carrying a masks round others, apply social distancing of at the least six toes, and keep away from gatherings and decrease social interactions with others.
NETCHD mentioned it’s working in coordination with Dominion Meadows Golf Course to supply COVID-19 testing and vaccination alternatives for individuals who have been uncovered to the virus.
Those that have examined constructive for COVID-19 are requested to remain house, together with notifying shut contacts and advising them to remain house for 2 weeks from the final time they had been in touch.
In neighboring Ferry County, 116 folks have examined constructive for COVID-19 following a three-day-long superspreader event within the small city of Republic. At the least two folks have died from COVID-19 following the occasion. Ten folks have been transported to different hospitals because of the severity of their sickness.
NETCHD reported on Friday, April 30 that Ferry County had the highest COVID-19 case rate adjusted for inhabitants in Washington state and ranked among the many highest nationally.
The well being district additionally moved Ferry County again to Section 2 of the “Healthy Washington” reopening plan amid the spike in coronavirus instances and hospitalizations.
NETCHD mentioned in its replace concerning the COVID-19 exposures in Stevens County that latest neighborhood outbreaks “proceed as an instance the significance o fcontinued non-pharmaceutical interventions and getting vaccinated to keep away from extreme COVID-19 sickness.”
Everybody ages 16 and older is eligible to obtain the vaccine in Washington state. These seeking to schedule an appointment can name the NETCHD COVID-19 Name Middle at 509-684-2262, decide. 4 or go to www.netchd.org to schedule on-line.