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The first known new cases of COVID-19 in Curry County in four days were reported late Friday evening by Curry County Public Health.

In a press release sent by email at 9:42 p.m. on July 31, Sherrié R. Ward, Public Health Administrator, announced new cases of COVID-19 discovered in the county.

She said the notification came from Curry General Hospital after 6 p.m.

The hospital, Ward said, reported two verified confirmed cases of COVID-1.

"The two confirmed positive cases are non-residents traveling from outside the area with other family members, both individuals who tested positive are from the same household and they are self- isolating with their family members and monitoring symptoms," Ward said.

The case has been referred back to the state and county of residence, she noted.

Ward added that Curry County Public Health is investigating to possibly identify any close, prolonged contacts and suspected exposures of this case.

"Please remember, it is important that we all follow the OHA and CDC guidelines and Governor’s directives about social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public buildings and protecting yourselves by staying home to slow the spread and save lives," she said, adding that "Curry County Public Health will continue to keep the public informed with all the information we can in order to keep our citizens safe.

Prior to these cases, the last report of active confirmed cases in Curry County was on July 27 when Curry General Hospital reported a case, which Ward said was the county's 14th case.

It is not clear whether these cases, which "have been referred back to the state and county of residence" of the individuals, will be counted in Curry County.

Nor has Ward responded to questions about the number and status of cases of positive Pelican Bay staff who lived in Curry County that Del Norte County said were referred to Curry.

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