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Whitman County announces its first COVID-19 confirmed case

Whitman County Health Department says the patient is a female in her 20's and is self-isolating at her home.
Credit: KWES

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. — In a press release, the Whitman County Health Department received a positive test result for COVID-19 for a Whitman County resident. 

What we know about the patient:

  •  The patient is a woman between the age of 20 – 29. 
  • The Patient has recovered and is self-isolating at home. 
  • The health department is working to identify anyone who may have been exposed or came in contact with the infected person.

The current risk of COVID-19 in Washington is increasing. As more people are tested, the health district says they expect to find more positive cases in Whitman County. 

People most at risk are those who have traveled to an area of high community transmission and who have symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath. 

If you think you at risk of exposure to COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, call ahead before you go to your healthcare provider, urgent care, or the emergency department.

Currently, no vaccine exists for COVID-19. You can take steps to protect yourself and people around you from this and other diseases:

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

· Practice social distancing of 6 feet from others, especially those who are sick.

· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

· Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

· Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.

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