Over the past day, Grays Harbor Public Health and Grays Harbor Emergency Management were notified of 7 additional cases of COVID-19 among Grays Harbor County residents. This brings July’s total case count to 8. 1 case was identified on July 2, 6 cases were identified on July 5, and 1 case was identified on July 6.
Of the 7 cases identified in the past 24 hours, our case investigators have come to the conclusion that 3 of the 7 are close contacts of previously identified COVID-19 positive cases. 1 is a household member and the other 2 are household members of one another. The other 4 have unknown exposures and are not related to one another. Public Health is actively monitoring 8 of the 34 COVID-19 positive cases and monitoring over 30 close contacts.
Even though there were 7 cases in one day, Grays Harbor Public Health, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) do not classify this as an outbreak. Outbreaks are defined as 2 or more non-household cases epidemiologically linked within 14 days in a workplace, congregate living, or institutional setting.
Mask Up, Washington
On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. John Weismen extended the mask mandate initially placed on Yakima County to all of Washington State. This mandate, referred to as Mask Up, Washington, takes effect tomorrow, July 7, 2020. Under this proclamation, businesses will not be allowed to serve any customer, services, or goods if they do not comply with the State-Wide face covering order. The Governor and Secretary of Health also announced a two week pause from any county moving forward in Safe Start’s Phased reopening. Grays Harbor County is currently in Phase 3.
.Grays Harbor County has 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19
- March 2020: 2 cases
- April 2020: 10 cases
- May 2020: 5 cases
- June 2020: 9 cases
- July 2020: 8 cases
Public Health is required to safeguard people’s protected health information by law. Information collected during a disease investigation is Protected Health Information (PHI) and is legally protected by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This act applies even during a pandemic such as COVID-19. Please show compassion and support for individuals who are sick and respect their right to privacy.
Grays Harbor County Public Health continues to operate a COVID-19 Call Center to provide assistance for people with information and testing referrals. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Call (360) 964-1850. The call center is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-12pm and 12:30pm-4pm.