Monday, March 25, 2020

Okanogan County Emergency Management reported yesterday at 5 p.m. the county has now confirmed a single case of COVID-19 within their boundaries.

In their release, the Okanogan Emergency Management wrote, “The individual is self-isolated and poses no threat to the community.”

The county further wrote, “OCPH urges the public to take all the recent social distancing orders by Gov. Inslee very seriously. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect each other during this pandemic.”

Okanogan County reported a total of 125 samples that have been sent for testing with 78 negative tests results and 1 positive returned. As of March 24, there were 46 test results pending.

Ferry County reported yesterday they had 28 negative tests results and no positive tests have returned to the county. A total number of pending results is unavailable.

The Colville Tribal EOC continues to work with local medical providers to prepare to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the Colville Reservation.

Twenty-four hour, walk up health check stations have been established at EMS stations in Inchelium and Nespelem for emergency response. LRCHC and Indian Health Service clinics further continue to provide medical care. 

The tribal emergency responders further continue to encourage community members to practice social distancing, staying home, staying healthy and acting responsibly.

In her letter to the public yesterday, Colville Tribal Public Health Officer Alison J. Ball wrote, “Because there are so many unknowns about this disease, this has created stressful times for tribal members and the communities. It has promoted fear, false and misleading information. First, we must remind ourselves that acting out of fear, anger or misinformation hurts everyone.”

Ball encouraged tribal members to reach out to the tribal EOC and Washington Department of Health for more information.

For emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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