The Washington County Health Department is reporting 21 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The residents include one female and one male. 11 to 15 years old; two females and two males in their 20s; one female and one male in their 30s; three females and one male in their 40; one female and two males in their 50; three females in their 60s.
A female in her 80s reported on Nov. 16 was also found to live in another county. She has been removed from the case count.
Total Case Count: 556
Released from isolation: 494
Active hospitalized: 3
Total hospitalized: 24
More Information From The Health Department
The Washington County Health Department said in a release that staff are “working through cases as quickly as we can; however as case counts rise, there may be delay in our office contacting you. ”
During these delays, citizens are asked to isolate themselves from others if they are told they tested positive and if possible, do not have any contact with other people. If someone is identified as a close contact or believes that they have been in close contact, then that person should quarantine at home and watch for signs of illness. You are also permitted to call the health department to get preliminary information.
Close contacts are defined as those being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period of time starting two days before the start of symptoms until the case is isolated.
“Coronavirus is spreading quickly in our community,” Lehde said. ” We are all growing weary from safety precautions but now it is more important than ever to take caution in your actions.”