LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Lake County officials announced on Tuesday that they have seen their first positive case of the new coronavirus since Oregon's outbreak began.
For weeks, Lake County has been alone among the southern Oregon counties for not having any confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Even the neighboring rural southeastern Oregon counties of Harney and Malheur have had cases — albeit only one case in Harney.
"We knew that Lake County was not immune to COVID-19 and we have been expecting this. Lake District Hospital is prepared," medical staff from Lake District Hospital said.
As of Tuesday, Lake County had conducted 190 tests for coronavirus. Results from 183 were negative, six remain pending, and only one has returned positive.
"Our community has done well with wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing. We want to reinforce how important these measures are in preventing the spread of COVID-19," medical officials continued.
Klamath County to the west saw an early spike in COVID-19 cases, but the rate of new positives has declined dramatically over the past several weeks in spite of expanded testing.