The Grant County Health District reported the fourth death related to Coronavirus in the county on Monday.
The deceased was a man in his 50’s from Grand Coulee.
Grant County Health District also reported four new cased on Monday, bringing the countywide total to 192. A new case was reported in Moses Lake on Sunday, but was discounted the next day after it was discovered the person was a resident of a different county.
The Quincy area still has the highest number of cases in the county with 71, followed by the Mattawa area with 46 and Moses Lake with 36. The Coulee City area remains the only area in Grant County without a single positive case.
The county health officer strongly recommends all residents wear masks anytime they are in public.
“Fabric masks help protect those around you so even if you don’t know you’re sick, you can look out for others and help keep them healthy,” stated the health district in a press release on May 12.
On May 1, Governor Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 31, during a press conference. The order bans all gatherings and temporarily shuts down non-essential businesses.
Businesses that are considered essential must still comply with social distancing and sanitation guidelines, according to a news release.
People are required to stay at home except for essential activities that include the following:
Obtaining necessary supplies and services
Engaging in activities related to the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical supplies
Caring for family members, friends or pets in another household or residence
Engaging in outdoor exercise, including walking, hiking, running or biking, but proper social distancing practices must be used.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends everyone wear facial coverings in public, according to a news release.