Monday, March 23, 2020

The Washington Department of Health reported at 3 p.m., March 22, that both Ferry County and Okanogan County have no cases of COVID-19 at this time.

In Okanogan County, to date 90 tests have been sent for testing and 37 tests have returned negative results. Currently, there are 53 tests pending a result.

In Ferry County, to date there have been 23 negative tests and 0 positive tests. The number of pending results was unavailable to report at this time.

The Colville Tribal EOC is working with local medical providers to secure personal protective equipment and other supplies. The EOC has established 24-hour triage yurts at EMS stations in Nespelem and Inchelium, as well as triage yurts at Lake Roosevelt Community Health Clinis in Keller and Inchelium. LRCHC yurts will be open during regular working hours at this time. 

The EOC has set up roadside reader boards, community boards and online communications for prevention efforts.

The Red Cross recommends these preventative steps:

Stay home if you can and avoid gatherings of more than ten people.

Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others if you must go out in public.

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.

 For emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Colville Tribal EOC can be reached at 509-634-7350

 or  Washington Department  of Health Hotline can be reached at 1-800-525-0127


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