Custer Health Stresses Everyday Precautions Grant County Residents Can Take, Following County’s First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Custer Health reminds residents of Grant County, there are everyday activities they can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19, following the county’s first reported case.

This confirmation announcement comes as 13 positive cases were confirmed between 4 p.m. on March 30 and 9 a.m. today. The Grant County resident is a woman in her 50s, who contracted the disease via community spread. In total, North Dakota has confirmed 122 cases of the coronavirus disease.

“We are hopeful that when a county receives notice of their first confirmed case of COVID-19, residents don’t feel a dramatic shift in their lives, because they are already following the guidelines laid out by CDC and the State Health Department,” said Custer Health Administrator Erin Ourada. “These guidelines are effective in slowing the spread of this disease.”

Every individual can incorporate steps into their lives to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap. In the absence of soap, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Avoid touching your T-Zone (eyes, nose and mouth).
  • Practice physical distancing. Avoid social gatherings and groups of more than 10 people. Avoid eating and drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts. Use drive-through, pickup or delivery options when available.
  • Work from home when possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Call your healthcare provider if you develop fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. In the absence of a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay away from individuals who are sick. Limit close contact (about six feet) with others as much as possible.

“Sadly, North Dakota has had a number of illnesses. Some of these illnesses have resulted in the deaths of our state’s citizens,” said Ourada. “But every day we are seeing ways that ndividuals are pulling together and impacting each other in positive ways. There is a tremendous amount of gratitude in North Dakota. In these times, it is important to remember that we take care of each other and we will get through this together.”

For ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer questions. You can call (866) 207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider. A COVID-19 survey has been established on the North Dakota Department of Health website at https://ndhealth.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eb7sJjKhR2UfB7n.