The Colville Tribal Emergency Operations Center has confirmed through the Okanogan County Public Health and tribal health officials two new positive cases of COVID-19 on the Colville Reservation in the Omak district.
To date, 14 cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the Colville Indian Reservation, and medical professionals have released 10 of those individuals from isolation.
COVID-19 continues to be present in our communities. At this time, the team wants to reinforce the importance of taking individual action in preventing further spread of COVID-19 on the Colville Reservation.
Please continue social distancing measures and follow these CDC recommended preventative steps:
- Stay home, stay safe.
- Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public for essential activities.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, faucets and countertops.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them - use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Testing sites in and around the reservation continue testing daily.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who is presumed positive, or if you have symptoms of concern the Colville Tribal Emergency Operations Center encourages you to contact your provider.
The CDC defines close contact as being in less than 6 feet from someone for a prolonged period of as little as 10 minutes.
If you are short of breath or have chest pain, you need to immediately call 911.