Okanogan County saw a steeper rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases this past week, adding 13 new cases in all regions but the Methow Valley and Colville Reservation, for a countywide total of 40 as of May 18.
Eight of the new cases were in the south county (Pateros to Malott), three in the central valley (Malott to Riverside), and two the north county (Riverside to Oroville). Twenty-nine people who’d been infected are recovering, meaning they have few or no symptoms but may not be feeling their usual strength, Okanogan County Community Health Director Lauri Jones told the county commissioners on Monday (May 18).
Public Health is tracking all cases and interviewing close contacts to learn where and when they think they got sick, and to ensure they can isolate themselves from others in their household. The cases in the north county are geographically isolated and Public Health doesn’t consider the new cases to be an outbreak, Jones said.
Most recent cases have been traced either to people coming into the county to visit family, or to residents who traveled outside the area, Jones said.
Okanogan County is fortunate that there have been no cases in long-term care facilities. “I pray every day that we don’t get an infection there,” Jones said.