Health officials preparing for COVID-19

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Source : Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County health officials say they are ready to respond should a case of COVID-19 appear on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Dr. Allison Unthank, Clallam County public health officer, said her main message to the public is to “remain calm.”

“It remains true that the No. 1 thing that you’re at risk of right now in Clallam County is flu and not COVID-19,” Unthank told the Clallam County Board of Health on Tuesday.

“And the same things that you would do to prevent getting the flu — handwashing, covering your cough, don’t go to work if you’re sick — also work for COVID-19,” she said.

Clallam County health officials are monitoring one person who had traveled to China in the last 14 days, Unthank said.

“We don’t get a lot of travel to and from China in Clallam County,” Unthank said.

“We have a lot of infrastructure built to monitor things like this, and we are doing that right now.”

Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County public health officer, said that three people in Jefferson County have been monitored for the COVID-19 virus. All three have completed a 14-day observation period, and none of them contracted the coronavirus, he said.

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