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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Notice of Potential Exposure

Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) has been investigating a positive COVID-19 case that attended the Arden Old Timers Rodeo, Saturday, May 15, 2021. Given the nature of the event it is difficult to identify close contacts, therefore the extent of potential exposure is unknown at this time.

If you attended this event or participated in social gatherings following this event and are not fully vaccinated, you are advised to:

  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 that include cough, fever, shortness of breath, body ache, diarrhea, headache, loss of taste or smell, or sore throat over the next 14 days;
  • If symptoms develop, get tested;
  • Stay home if you are sick, even with mild symptoms;
  • If unvaccinated be diligent about wearing a mask around others and practice social distancing of at least six feet;
  • Avoid gatherings and minimize social interactions with others;
  • Wash your hands frequently.

If you are awaiting results from testing, it is imperative you stay home. This simple action not only protects others from getting severely ill but prevents the unnecessary spread of the virus in our communities. As we have seen nationally and locally, attending an event while infectious has potential to cause an outbreak that spreads rapidly, resulting in significant impacts on people’s health and the community.

Attending events that may pose a greater risk of exposure also increases your responsibility. If you learn you have COVID-19 and have exposed others during your infectious period, it is crucial you identify and notify all close contacts to prevent further spread and allow everyone to make an educated decision about their own health. NETCHD is here to help you with this process but your cooperation is necessary.

Recent community outbreaks continue to illustrate the importance of continued non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as, staying home when ill, social distancing and wearing a mask if not fully vaccinated; and getting vaccinated. A growing number of studies pertaining to the vaccines are consistently showing:

  • Their effectiveness in real world settings. Studies show them to be greater than 90% effective in preventing mild and severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
  • They have been proven effective against COVID variants currently circulating in the country.
  • Growing evidence is suggesting that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and to be able to transmit COVID to others.

Everyone ages 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Free vaccinations are available at multiple local health care providers and pharmacies or through Northeast Tri County Health District.

To schedule your free, COVID-19 vaccination appointment at one of NETCHD’s clinics call

509-684-2262, opt. 4 or visit to schedule online.

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