The Colville Tribal Incident Management Team has been informed of the first positive tests of COVID-19 in both Okanogan and Ferry counties.

The Northeast Tri County Health District announced today they have the first positive test for COVID-19 in Ferry County.

The district notes the individual is not currently hospitalized but is in isolation at home.

The health district is notifying potential close contacts and is providing guidance and advising those contacts of precautions they should take.

The release continues: “We understand news of these confirmed cases in our community can create fear and uncertainty. NETCHD continues to work aggressively with our medical providers, emergency management teams, and community partners to protect the health of the public.”

It is likely that more cases will be confirmed in our area. We are strongly urging everyone to abide by Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. COVID-19 has shown that it is not limited to specific communities, work sites, or individuals. We must do our individual part to reduce the spread by staying home whenever possible and limiting contact with others.”

Previously, Okanogan County Emergency Management reported the county has confirmed a single case of COVID-19 within their boundaries and the individual had self-isolated and “poses no threat to the community.”

Community residents are advised to stay home, stay healthy. Please practice social distancing to prevent the spread of germs.

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