Grays Harbor Public Health officials are reporting the county’s second case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient, a man in his 40s, is in isolation and receiving care at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
Public Health said it identified and notified close contacts of the patient. Those who were exposed have been asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days past their last exposure and report any symptoms to Public Health. No information was released as to what part of the county the patient is from.
Visitation at the hospital will continue to be limited and Grays Harbor Public Health continues to remind residents to follow Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
“We are grateful for the community’s amazing support and are proud to be partnering with the dedicated professionals at Grays Harbor Public Health to work through this pandemic,” said Chris Majors, Grays Harbor Community Hospital spokesperson.
Grays Harbor Public Health and Grays Harbor Community Hospital are also working together to get information out, they said. “Things are changing quickly and people need timely and accurate information,” said Karolyn Holden, Grays Harbor Public Health Director. “We’ve seen misinformation being spread, especially on social media. We want to remind residents that our website is updated regularly with current, reliable information and our call center is available to answer questions, too.”
Public Health said it will begin reporting the number of positive and negative COVID-19 tests done on county residents in as timely, accurately completely as the information is available. Data will be updated as new information is received.
Residents can visit Public Health’s website at www.healthygh.org/covid19 to see the latest case counts and number of tests done. Residents can also call the Grays Harbor Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at (360) 964-1850 for more information about COVID-19. The number will be staffed by non-medical personnel from 8:30am- 4:00pm Monday through Friday.