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Posted on: March 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Klamath County has second confirmed case of COVID-19

Klamath County has second confirmed COVID-19 case

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) officials have announced a second COVID-19 case in the county.

The information may not be in today’s statewide tally, as KCPH personnel learned of the positive test after the formalizing of Thursday numbers at 8 a.m. It will be released by the state tomorrow.

Contact tracing is underway. The individual is a healthcare worker. Employers assist in the investigation and contact tracing of healthcare workers who have COVID-19. All individuals with risk of exposure will be notified and given directions about next steps.

“Our highest priority is the health and safety of our community. We will take all steps necessary to ensure safety while also holding to our core value of integrity. We will not release the name, address or other identifying information about this person,” said Jennifer Little, KCPH director. “It is a matter of integrity to our team and patient confidentiality.”

Oregon Health Authority releases daily numbers, compiled by 8 a.m. each day, during the noon hour.

The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Call before seeking medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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