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Nine more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services over the weekend, bringing the total number countywide cases, as of Monday morning, to 36.

Six cases were confirmed on Saturday and three cases were confirmed on Sunday by Public Health.

Last week saw the largest increase in the number of confirmed cases since the county recorded its first case on March 11.

On Saturday, one male in his 70s and five females — two in their 40s and one each in their 50s, 60s, and 80s — were reportedly confirmed by the county.

Two females in their 40s and one male in his 80s were reported on Sunday.

As of Monday morning, Public Health has recorded no deaths in Thurston County. About 1,707 individuals in the county have been tested, according to the state Department of Health.

The county doesn’t release additional information on the cases — such as hometowns — due to federal privacy laws regarding health records.

More information on confirmed cases is available at Public Health’s website, www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.

The best way to prevent coronavirus-related illness is to avoid being exposed, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says. The following are preventive measures the public can take, per CDC:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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