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Jefferson County residents can call for information on line set up by St. Charles, Deschutes County Health Services.

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT - Health officials encourage hand-washing to prevent COVID-19., Madras Pioneer - News Prevention is the same for the flu, which Central Oregonians are more likely to get, health officials say. Officials say COVID-19 is no reason to panicSt. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services have opened a new phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. This line is open to people from Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties and is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 541-699-5109.

The Warm Springs Indian Health Service clinic also has a COVID-19 nurse triage hotline. Warm Springs residents can call 541-553-5512 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A registered nurse hotline is available 24 hours a day at 866-470-2015.

As of Tuesday, March 17, Deschutes County had six presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. No one has tested positive for COVID-19 in Jefferson or Crook counties at this time.

Jefferson County Public Health recommends taking everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:

•Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

•Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.

•Take care of your health overall.

•Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, the public health department says on its website. If you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need to seek medical care, stay home while you recover. If you are sick and plan to seek care, please call before going in for care so arrangements can be made to prevent exposing others. For urgent medical needs, call 911.

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