Daily Update - 04/07/2020

From Grant County Public Health:

Following is the information through April 6, 2020. Note: This information may not include negative or pending test results completed out of county on Grant County residents. 

Total tests administered: 32

Total positive: 1

Total negative 25

Total pending: 6

Currently the turn around time from administration of the test to receiving results is 4-7 days. 

As previously indicated, it is important to note that this information will not match information provided on OHA’s website. However, we feel it is important to provide Grant County residents with the most accurate information possible. 

There is a shortage of testing kits at this time. Healthcare providers are doing their best to be very strategic with testing for multiple reasons. 

  1. There is a short supply of test kits available at this time.
  2. We are attempting to minimize traffic within the hospital, especially for those who only have mild or no symptoms to help prevent potential additional exposures within the hospital. 
  3. There is a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and as the outbreak develops this will continue to decrease the supplies on hand. Each test administered requires the use of full PPE and if testing is completed on everyone with mild symptoms, we are further depleting our supply of PPE with each test, when in fact these people are advised to stay home and self-isolate until 72 hours after symptoms have resolved. 
  4. Ideally, healthcare providers would love to have enough testing capability and PPE supplies to test everyone that would like to be tested, unfortunately this is not an option at this point.

From the EOC:

We want to make sure people are being cautious of SCAMS related to COVID-19. You never need to pay any fees to apply for an SBA grant or loan. You never need to pay any fees to apply for SNAP or Unemployment and there are no Mandatory Online COVID-19 Tests. Further more, there are scams going around offering bogus insurance policies, home remedies, and testing kits. Always question information and offers like these if they don't come from an official source. The FCC has some good information on these scams including audio recordings of robo-caller scams.

COVID-19 Information

The COVID-19 virus spreads like the flu, when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes close to another person (close means approximate six feet).

 Every resident should take these basic steps to protect those most at risk:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
• Stay home if you feel ill.

Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system. 

We would urge those who present with these symptoms to call 211 or the Grant County Health Department at 541-575-0429.