Okanogan health officials say big camping event linked to COVID-19

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Okanogan County health officials are trying to track down people who attended a camping event north of the town of Methow last month to let them know they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Okanogan County Public Health says the event Friday, July 24 and Saturday July 25, on private property involved more than 100 people from all over the state.

“Public Health has been working hard to notify all attendees of potential exposure, but due to the size of the event, Public Health may not have been able to contact everyone,” the health district said.

The number of positive tests that have been linked to the gathering has not yet been released.

“We know that there were persons that attended who should have been self-isolating,” said Community Health Director Lauri Jones. “Our job is to make sure that those in attendance watch for signs and symptoms of Covid, and get tested.”

Anyone who was at the camping event is being asked to contact Okanogan Public Health at 509-422-7140.

Okanogan County has seen a spike in positive COVID-19 tests in recent weeks. Brewster has been the hardest hit, accounting for 475 of the county’s 772 cases.

Brewster’s number rose sharply in the past two weeks after several days of free communitywide testing.