Colville McDonalds Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

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The Northeast Tri County health District has reported its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were seven new infections identified Thursday throughout Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens County’s, including an employee at the McDonalds in Colville.

Health officials said restaurant management completely sanitized the facility and any staff members who have worked at the same time as the infected employee have been ordered to self-isolate for two weeks.

That person was among four new cases Thursday in the Colville-Kettle Falls area.

Health officials are also concerned about the increase in cases involving adults between the ages of 20-and-39 because that group is highly mobile and very socially active and pointed to one case in Ferry County that required staff to track down 15 other people who were in close contact.

Administrator Matt Schanz attributed the sudden increase in cases to community contact and exposure to people from neighbouring counties with higher rates of infection.

The district has reported 15 new cases in the past two weeks for a total of 36 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Although health authorities can’t accurately report how many people have recovered, they said many of those infected are either out of isolation or improving.