As announced earlier this week, Grays Harbor County has 2 confirmed case of COVID-19.

· On March 11 Grays Harbor Public Health was notified that a Grays Harbor County man in his 60s tested positive for COVID-19. He was hospitalized at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. This person has since recovered. A statement that they had been released from the hospital was recanted two days later by the public health department.

· On March 30 Grays Harbor Public Health was notified that a Grays Harbor County man in his 40s tested positive for COVID-19. He is receiving care at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Response efforts

Recent accomplishments

Grays Harbor Public Health has completed their disease investigation related to the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in our county. All close contacts of the patient have been notified. We do not believe the patient posed an exposure risk to the general public.

Public Health is required to safeguard people’s protected health information by law. We will release as much detail to the news media as possible without violating the patient’s legal right to confidentiality.

For more information about our disease investigation process, please visit our website at www.healthygh.org/covid19.

Current priorities

Grays Harbor Public Health is working with local agencies to develop plans and processes focused on the objectives of prevention, information, early identification, and mitigation.

Grays Harbor Public Health and Grays Harbor Emergency Management continue to work to bring more testing supplies to our county.

Background

On March 17, 2020 Grays Harbor Public Health activated an incident management team to coordinate the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the direction of a policy group that includes local officials, medical and emergency response experts, and the Grays Harbor County Health Officer, the incident management team is using the best public health and medical science to control and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

What people should do

Grays Harbor Public Health encourages every Grays Harbor County resident to do their part by following Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

If you think you have COVID-19 or were exposed to COVID-19, contact your regular doctor. Do not go to the emergency room unless you need immediate medical intervention. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

The care for COVID-19 is the same as for other respiratory illnesses:

Drink plenty of fluids.
Rest.
Take pain and fever medications as needed.
There are no medications specifically approved for treating COVID-19.

The CDC and FDA are reminding people that chloroquine phosphate (used to treat disease in aquarium fish) are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.

Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided.

Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or the poison center (1-800-222-1222).

Where to get information

The incident management team will be working to get information out as it becomes available.

Residents can call the Grays Harbor Public Health COVID-19 call center at (360) 964-1850 for information about COVID-19. The number will be staffed from 8:30am- 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

Local information and resources related to COVID-19 are also available on their website at www.healthygh.org/covid19.

The Washington State Department of Health also operates a hotline, with multiple language assistance, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 1-800-525-0127.

Statewide information and resources are also available at coronavirus.wa.gov

The call centers cannot access COVID-19 test results.