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Newest COVID Cases Show Need for Safety Measures
Coos County now has 61 confirmed COVID-19 and presumptive cases. The count is now at 48 confirmed with 13 presumptive cases. Two of the most recent cases were identified by Coquille Valley Hospital. A female was hospitalized but later released the same day after exhibiting COVID-like symptoms for a week prior to entering the hospital. Testing confirmed she was positive. During that time, she reported that she had continued working and had contact with multiple members of the public while she was sick. Epidemiologist Brian Leon says because of the type of business where the original woman works, there will likely be more cases to watch. The business was not identified in the report. Early contact tracing led to additional cases of “close contact” that were placed on the “presumptive” watch list. Leon believes the Coquille cases are classic examples of how distancing, face coverings and barriers between guests and workers are important to slow the spread of the virus. He reiterated the public should treat every person with whom they come in contact as if they were a COVID-19 carrier.