Baker County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county's total to 15.

The cases were the first since July 14, the day before the Oregon Health Authority added Baker County to eight other counties on a “watch list” due to sporadic cases — ones not directly tied to an outbreak.

Mark Bennett, the county commissioner acting as incident commander for the county during the pandemic, said Monday afternoon that no one is hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19. No one in the county has died from the virus.

Bennett said contact tracers from the county Health Department are investigating the two new cases.

Bennett also urged county residents to be cautious when traveling outside the county, in particular to places with recent outbreaks.

Bennett said some of the Baker County residents were infected outside the county. He didn’t say how many were in that category, but that the list doesn’t include the five U.S. Forest Service employees who are among the county’s 15 cases.

“A lot of it is just being prudent and exercising good judgment,” Bennett said.

He encouraged residents, whether they travel outside the county or not, to continue to practice social distancing and to wear face coverings when they can’t stay at least 6 feet from others when in social settings or while visiting local businesses.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, as of Tuesday 736 Baker County residents had tested negative for the virus. That's about 4.3% of the county's population of 16,800.

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JoeHighley

I would like to know how it is determined that anybody tested is positive considering the fact that false positive tests can happen if there are any symptoms of ALMOST ANY upper respiratory stressors INCLUDING ASTHMA, COMMON COLD, SMOKE INHALATION, STRESS TRAUMA CAUSED BY FEAR, and just about anything else that a person that has ANY HEALTH CONDITION, or none at all exhibits. ALSO, there are several reports by unconfirmed medical service employees who have sent in blank tests that come back POSITIVE. Whether or not that's true, the fact is that there are several confessions by testing facilities that the positive case numbers were being grossly exaggerated! Human error? I doubt it. I'd rather go without life's little luxuries than to bow down before our governor or any other ELECTED official that terrorizes the people of this country. Patriots and constitutionalists will not stand for any more of this garbage. It's OUR duty to fight against ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. If you don't stand up for yourself NOW, you may not be able to when they enter your homes and remove you or your loved ones to relocate to facilities that are already in operation around the country and worldwide. Mark my words. I have nothing to lose by sharing this information. They can't hurt me anymore than they have and I'm not afraid to die for THIS COUNTRY!

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