On Friday afternoon, May 15, the Oregon Health Authority reported that Wallowa County has a second confirmed case of COVID-19.

Elizabeth Sieders, communicable disease nurse at the center, said as the county reopens more cases may come.

“As we move forward with Phase 1 we anticipate a growing number of people identified as contacts to a confirmed case,” Sieders said in the press release. “If you are contacted by public health and asked to isolate or quarantine, we urge you comply with this request because it is the most effective tool we have in reducing the spread.”

However, on Saturday, May 16, OHA recanted their announcement, and said that Wallowa County’s purported case was a statistical error:

The May 16 OHA press release stated: “During routine data reconciliation, confirmed cases originally reported in the following counties—Baker (2), Douglas (1), and Wallowa (1)—were determined not to be cases. They were subtracted from Friday’s state total, and the total number of cases in each county was reduced to reflect this change.”

Case closed.

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