Skamania Co. Emergency Response Task Force Press Release

THE SKAMANIA COUNTY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) EMERGENCY RESPONSE TASK FORCE

Media Release

From: 

Skamania County Board of Commissioners

City of Stevenson

City of North Bonneville

Skamania County Department of Public Health

Skamania County Department of Emergency Management

 

Skamania County Citizens,

Skamania County continues to work extremely diligently in numerous ways to recognize and address the impacts of the COVID-19, the current status and how, in the future, will it affect our community. Our top priority is the safety of all citizens in Skamania County. Community leaders are striving to identify plans to address this national emergency. A force of dedicated people, that include skilled volunteers, are working hard to respond and recover from the effects of this pandemic as it has now impacted our area.

Each organization above is currently collaborating with each other to approach COVID-19 head on. Skamania County is connected to Washington State Emergency Management and is working to get needed information, supplies, and various resources to our health care facilities and first responders. There is a national shortage which Skamania County is navigating along with all regions of Washington State.

Prevention efforts are the most effective of all actions any citizen can take. By complying with Governor Inslee’s Proclamations at every single level, our citizens can quickly become the largest part of a solution to stabilize and resolve this emergency. Our communities must adhere to guidelines

 

of prevention by the CDC and Washington Department of Health, and Skamania County Public Health Department in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Skamania County, By the Numbers:

Today, 3/30/2020, Skamania County:

1 confirmed case of COVID-19: male,40’s, is symptomatic but not hospitalized. He has been self- quarantined, as has his immediate family members, after returning to the county.

20 cases tested, 19 were negative for the COVID-19.

Latest Epidemiology Report, Washington State:

60,562 cases tested, 4896 tested positive, and 195 deaths related to the COVID-19.

 

If you feel ill with fever and a cough or shortness of breath, stay home. In Skamania County, the North Shore Medical Group is the only office testing. Please contact your Primary Care Physician, by phone, for options or medical advice.

 

Stay Home-Stay Healthy

We urge everyone to continue to practice social distancing, by separating themselves for other members of the public by six feet or more. This practice is intended to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. Please cover any coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and continue to clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.

Visitors – Closures

All recreational trail access is still under closure from our Community Health Officer. This includes trail access in the Columbia Gorge Scenic area and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. These closures are to ensure we stop the spread of the COIVD-19 virus in Skamania County. We look forward to the eventual lifting of the closure order.

Skamania County is a great place to live and recreate, however this is NOT the time to visit. An influx of visitors creates an undue burden on our efforts to maintain social distancing and strains our supply channels, public safety resources, and health care system. We look forward to seeing you again when the pandemic is over.

Be Cautious

Unfortunately, there are those looking to take advantage of our senior citizens and vulnerable adults. There have been several fraudulent “scams” attempted that I would like you to be aware of:

     Robocalls purporting to offer respirators masks with NO intent on delivery

     Fake COVID-19 related apps and websites that install malware or ransomware

     Increase in e-mails asking for donations or other monetary contributions for COVID-19 relief

     Social media scams fraudulently seeking donations or asking to access recipient bank info

     Sales of fake testing “kits”, “cures”, or “immunity” pills and protective equipment

     Fraudulent offers for free COVID-19 testing in order to obtain Medicare beneficiary information

     Prescription drug schemes involving the submission of medical claims associated with COVID-19

 

Please be aware these types of people are out there. Do not respond to them, or even open e-mail that does not look familiar to you, just DELETE! Never give any personal information over the phone with anyone you do not know or have a prearranged agreement. Stay safe – Stay healthy.

Community

Skamania County, the City of Stevenson, and the City of North Bonneville have all come together to provide residents the most up to date information and public service during this unprecedented time. The schools and Senior Services are providing and delivering meals, our local businesses are working together to keep us supplied with the necessities. Neighbors are helping neighbors; we are all adjusting to a temporary new normal.

Those of us in local government are still here to serve you, please stay safe, stay healthy, and we will all get through this together.