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COVID Case Count Keeps Rising Throughout Area

The COVID case count in Washington County keeps trending up, as nine more cases were identified in residents in the seven days.

The Washington County Health Department announced that another nine people tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total case count to 59.

According to WCHD Administrator Elizabeth Lehde, most of the new positive cases appear to be a result of community spread.

“We try to identify through interviews where individuals may have gotten sick so that we can work with businesses or organizations to take necessary steps to reduce the spread of disease,” she said. “Some have become ill after attending a social event, and contact tracing is becoming more difficult as people are more active.”

Lehde said that it is important that everyone take precautions to protect themselves, family and friends, and the community. She also reminded people that COVID can be passed when there are no symptoms observed, and when symptoms are mild.

Most of the county’s cases have been released from isolation, as the WCHD reported that only four cases are active. Three county residents have required hospitalization during the pandemic, but no one from Washington County has died. A total of 1,291 negative test results have been reported.

Read the full article in this week’s issue.

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