The Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 4, and continues to adjust and change, according to a press release from the agency.

The EOC and the Public Health Department (PHD) have been working in Unified Command since the beginning, due to the significant amount of information, tasks, updates and public messaging that was needed on a daily basis.

The agency stated, “After four and a half months, things have begun to calm down as we settle into our ‘new normal.’

“We are making some changes to adapt to the current times and to ensure that we are able to continue to operate efficiently and effectively, as long as the need is present.”

One change that has been made is that public messaging in regards to case activity, and public health matters specifically, will now come directly from the PHD.

The PHD has been providing data on their webpage since the beginning and will continue to do so.

Those with questions or concerns in regards to case activity or public health matters should now reach out to their department directly.

The PHD has been working closely with many state agencies to get updated information on positive cases. They are also responsible for the contact tracing and public outreach to all affected parties.

“We ask that if you are contacted by them that you cooperate to help the process move forward,” the release stated. “Informing the public about possible exposure is extremely important to an individual’s health and to the rest of the community’s health as well. So far, our community members have been very understanding and helpful in the process and that is very much appreciated.”

The EOC will continue operating the logistics that come with a pandemic like this, like working with state and local healthcare agencies to ensure that communities have an adequate supply of PPE on hand.

The EOC is also keeping up with current information coming out on trends, issues, safety measures and reports on studies that are being done throughout the U.S.

“We will continue to share those with you and provide as much information to continue to keep our residents safe,” the release stated.

“We appreciate all of our residents who have been going through this pandemic with us. It has not been easy for individuals, businesses, schools or anyone else during these uncharted times. Over the next few weeks, we ask you to please continue to take all safety precautions as the case activity has continued to increase as peoples’ activity levels, both personally and professionally, continue to increase.”

In order to be able to stay in Phase 2 or even move into Phase 3 and see more businesses open, all precautions possible must be taken to limit the spread in the community.

Community members are encouraged to “keep working together and show your support for your fellow residents” by protecting their safety through the following protective measures:

• Engage in physical distancing of at least six feet ​(non-household members)

• Wear face coverings in public places

• Wash hands frequently with soap and water

• Cover coughs and sneezes

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

• Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly

• Avoid crowded locations, be flexible, go back when the crowd disperses

• Stay home if sick

• Avoid others who are sick

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