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Grays Harbor Public Health officials are reporting the County’s second case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient, a man in his 40s, is in isolation and receiving care at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

On a day where information is flying left and right in regards to the COVID-19 Virus the Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services released information earlier in the day on Wednesday that there were no confirmed cases of the virus in persons on the harbor and that two that had been awaiting results had gotten negative test results back, and a few hours later now have released a statement that there is one confirmed case on the harbor and that the man is in isolation at Community Hospital. 

Grays Harbor County Public Health says that the Drive Through Testing supported by the National Guard will end on Friday May 1st (we will update if that changes again) but they say that testing will remain available by doctor and call center referral as it was before the drive through testing started 

The community-based drive-through testing site at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen will remain open through Friday, May 1, 2020. If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are 18 years or older, call Grays Harbor Public Health’s COVID-19 call center at (360) 964-1850 Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM to schedule an appointment. You do not need to be a Grays Harbor County resident to be tested. Testing services are available in both English and Spanish.

Since opening the testing site on April 15, Grays Harbor Public Health, along with the Washington State National Guard and local public service agencies, have tested 458 people. So far, there have been zero positive tests results from this testing site. Testing at the site is done with a nasal swab to identify people who are ill with COVID-19. Antibody testing is currently not available. Grays Harbor Public Health will continue to monitor the research on antibody testing and how antibody testing will fit into managing the pandemic.

After May 1, Grays Harbor County Public Health will continue to coordinate other local testing options and staff a call center that will assist people with testing referrals.

Residents can call (360) 964-1850, 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday  

Grays Harbor Public Health has opened a call center to help residents of Grays Harbor get answers to questions they may have about COVID-19. Residents can call (360) 964- 1850 from 8:30am- 4:00pm Monday through Friday. The number will be staffed by non- medical personnel.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency and it can feel confusing and scary,” said Karolyn Holden, Director. “Information is changing rapidly.  We want residents to get questions answered and have access to resources they may need.”

If you have specific medical questions or are having symptoms that you think are related to COVID-19, please contact your medical provider.  Both Grays Harbor Hospitals have triage lines staffed by medical professionals.  The Grays Harbor Community Hospital nursing triage line is 360-537-5100; Summit Pacific Medical Center’s nursing triage line is 360-346-2222.

The Washington Department of Health also has an information line for general questions about COVID-19 at (800) 525-0127. This phone line is staffed 6am – 10pm, seven days a week.

For local information, resources related to COVID-19, and how to contact us, visit our website at healthygh.org/covid19.

A local scare in the recent COVID-19 Virus Pandemic had residents in Grays Harbor County panicking and upset that they were not being told where 2 residents of the area had been that were being tested for the possibility of having the virus.  

The post made by the Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services on March 3rd said "There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grays Harbor County. At the time of this writing, two Grays Harbor County residents are under investigation for the novel coronavirus and will be tested for COVID-19. Local public health officials are working with health care providers and close contacts of the individuals to control the spread of the virus."

Today March 11th the  Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services say that the tests have come back negative for the virus and that currently it still remains that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 nor are they reporting that anyone is being tested for the virus.  

They did say after the last testing announcement and the public becoming panicked that "Moving forward, Grays Harbor Public Health will no longer be reporting numbers on “persons under investigation” (i.e. persons being tested).  Grays Harbor Public Health will report confirmed cases. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grays Harbor County".

Grays Harbor County remains at 12 cases, there have been no new cases reported since April 12th, and Grays Harbor Public Health is saying that the drive-through testing site supported by the National Guard will remain open for testing through Friday, May 1st.

The community-based drive-through testing site in Aberdeen will remain open through Friday, May 1, 2020

Due to the continued request for appointments, the community-based drive-through testing site in Aberdeen has been extended an additional five days. The site will remain open until Friday, May 1, 2020. The site will be open seven days a week during the duration of testing.

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