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Clatsop County reports second coronavirus case

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A man in Clatsop County tested positive for the coronavirus, the second local case announced this week.

The man was described as between 35 and 54 years old and living in the southern part of the county. Michael McNickle, the county's public health director, said on Wednesday that the man was convalescing at home under quarantine.

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Clatsop County is tracking two local coronavirus cases.

The first local case, reported on Monday, was a woman described as between 35 and 54 years old living in the northern part of the county. The county said she was at home and in quarantine. The woman's contacts are also in self-quarantine.

McNickle said the man was not one of the woman's contacts.

"We are following up this morning. We will be asking all of his contacts to be in self-quarantine as well. And we'll be checking on those contacts twice daily to make sure that they're following our quarantine requests and guidance," McNickle said.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 266 cases and 10 deaths from the virus as of Wednesday morning.

The health authority had tracked 56 test results from Clatsop County, including the first positive case, as of Wednesday.

Nicole Bales is a reporter for The Astorian, covering police, courts and county government. Contact her at 971-704-1724 or nbales@dailyastorian.com.

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Jennifer Nightingale

Thank you for keeping us informed about what is happening herein Clatsop . Very grateful to have a local paper that reports on what is happening here..

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