Shelter advisory for vulnerable residents amid rising Grant County coronavirus cases

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Rev. Alejandro Trejo, left, and Rev. José de Jesús “Chuy” Ramírez, priests of the Diocese of Yakima in residence at Our Lady of the Desert Parish in Mattawa, have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

MOSES LAKE — With coronavirus infections rising over the weekend to 23 in Grant County, its health district is asking vulnerable residents to shelter in place.

That means people 60 or older, people with compromised immune systems, and people with underlying like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. They’re asked to stay home, limit their visitors, use mouth and nose protection if they must go out, and closely monitor their own health.

Grant County has the most COVID-19 cases of any county in central Washington, including two Catholic priests in the Mattawa parish. The Diocese of Yakima announced Sunday that Rev. Jose “Chuy” Ramirez, a senior priest of Our Lady of the Desert Parish, went into isolation with mild symptoms. Fellow priest Rev. Alejandro Trejo was recently released from hospitalization.

For the latest Grant County coronavirus information, visit the Grant County Health District website.