While not able to offer details about the person who died from COVID-19 in Stevens County, Horizon Public Health Administrator Ann Stehn said in an emailed response to KMRS that we all need to follow the health guidelines of wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing, washing our hands often, and covering our coughs and sneezes. “This death underscores the fact that COVID-19 is in our communities and we all need to be doing what we can to prevent the spread of this disease to our friends, families and loved ones.”
Stehn said she knows some people are not getting tested, but warned that testing is an important part of being able to identify and slow the spread of the virus. “It is clear we are seeing increased community transmission in Stevens County. Everyone has a role in this pandemic response to help us lower transmission in our communities so we continue to ask members of our community to follow the public health guidance and most importantly to stay home when they are sick,” she wrote.