Wasco & Hood River County Phase 1 Plans Go To OHA

Wasco County Administrator Tyler Stone announced during The Dalles City Council virtual meeting on Monday that the County’s Phase 1 Reopening Plan was sent to the Governor’s office on Monday, and it has been moved on to the Oregon Health Authority for its review.  North Central Public Health District Director Dr. Mimi McDonell said she feels confident the County is in a good position.  Even though she noted Wasco County is now at 16 positive COVID-19 tests after receiving one on Monday, she added that is a cumulative number, and the prevalence is declining.  She said with the help of Mid-Columbia Medical Center and One Community Health a testing regimen is in place along with robust contact tracing, plus isolation facilities along with sufficient health care capacity and personal protective equipment. Hood River County Administrator Jeff Hecksel said the County’s Phase 1 Reopening Plan has passed the Governor’s office, and is now headed to the Oregon Health Authority for review.  The County submitted the plan to the state on Friday, the first day counties could do so.  County Commission Chair Mike Oates says they are looking for a slow opening no matter what, and Commissioner Rich McBride noted businesses that are eligible to reopen should not feel compelled to do so unless they feel safe.  County Health Director Trish Elliott said the County has had its first hospitalization from COVID-19.  She also said they are reaching more vulnerable populations with the help of One Community Health.

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