The Clatsop County Public Health Department announced two new positive COVID-19 cases in Clatsop County this week.
One of these individuals is an employee of the Public Health Department not involved with direct patient care and is convalescing at home under quarantine.
Public Health has been active in the COVID-19 response since early March and has been implementing Centers for Disease Control workplace safety measures due to increased risk of exposure, like in any healthcare setting. Consequently, the department expects to have limited the transmission to other staff and is confident that no patients have been at risk of exposure.
In an abundance of caution, the department cancelled all patient appointments, shut its offices down for a deep cleaning and tested employees on Wednesday, June 24.
The department has been in close contact with the state epidemiologist’s office at the Oregon Health Authority to determine next steps.
The Public Health Clinic will be closed for the rest of the week and through the weekend for additional deep cleaning per CDC guidelines. The clinic plans to re-open Monday, June 29, depending on the results of the public health investigation.
COVID-19 is still active in Oregon. With cases on the rise, the Public Health Department advises residents to continue following CDC guidelines to reduce spread by doing the following:
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Wear a face covering if you cannot stay 6 feet away from others who don’t live with you
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Stay home if you feel ill
For more information about cold and flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms and testing, patients and public can call the Public Health Department at (503) 325-8500.