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Nimiipuu Health records 13 positive COVID-19 cases in one day, more tests pending

LAPWAI- Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) has seen a surge in positive COVID-19 cases Friday, Aug. 7.

As of 3 p.m., 13 COVID-19 tests were positive, with additional tests pending. All positive tests were travel related.

Testing capacity continues to be limited at NMPH, allowing for a maximum of 20 tests to be completed daily. Testing will continue to be available for symptomatic patients, and priority will be given to those with a known exposure to a positive COVID-19 individual. Please be aware that if it has been less than five days from exposure to a known positive COVID-19 case, it may be too early to test someone as their body needs time to mount an immune response to the virus. Please wait at least five days from exposure to be tested, so the most accurate result can be obtained.

As a reminder, if who do not feel well should stay home. Those who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, change of taste/smell, muscle aches/pains, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose), please call one's medical provider for further direction.

The Nez Perce Tribe Emergency Operations Center would like to remind community members to remain vigilant with safety precautions. Keep at least a six-foot distance from anyone outside the immediate household, wear a face covering when out in public, sanitize/wash hands frequently, avoid shaking hands or hugging, and wipe down any high touch surfaces as often as possible.

Those who need to contact NMPH please call Lapwai- (208) 843-2271 or Kamiah- (208) 935-0733. Those who have an emergency, please call 911.

To date, NMPH has run 750 COVID-19 tests. There are currently 17 cases being monitored.

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