Umatilla County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by eight on Tuesday, for a total of 45 known cases in the county since the pandemic began.

Continued cases of “community spread” where patients had no contact with a known case of COVID-19 indicate there are still cases going undetected, however.

According to Umatilla County Public Health’s map of cases by zipcode, Hermiston continues to be the county’s hot spot. The map shows Hermiston has between 16 and 25 residents who have tested positive, and Umatilla has 10 to 15 cases.

The county reported that seven of the eight cases confirmed on Tuesday had contact with a previously reported COVID-19 patient. Out of the four cases announced Monday, two had contact with previously reported cases.

Umatilla County continues to report no deaths linked to the virus, but three patients are currently in the hospital. Twenty-one of the county’s cases have recovered so far, meaning they have reported no symptoms for 72 hours.

Statewide, as of Tuesday, Oregon Health Authority announced there have been 2,385 confirmed cases and 99 deaths from COVID-19. The state’s reporting lags a day behind the counties’, however, and Umatilla County’s eight new cases were not included.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed close to 1 million cases and a total of 55,258 known deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The CDC also announced new symptoms that are officially considered COVID-19 symptoms that qualify a patient for testing. The list now includes cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.

Umatilla County Public Health urges anyone who is sick with a respiratory illness to self-isolate until they have been free of symptoms for at least three days.

Anyone not sick should avoid nonessential trips out of their home, because people can spread COVID-19 even when they are not experiencing any symptoms.

They also encourage everyone to take increased care of their mental and physical health during this time of increased stress, and to reach out through letters, emails, texts and other methods to people who are experiencing increased isolation.

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