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Three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total number of known cases in the county to 11.

On Saturday, March 21, the county confirmed its ninth and 10th case. Two men, one in his 30s and another in his 40s, were the newly confirmed cases. Another case was announced Sunday.

As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide tallied 1,996, according to the Washington State Department of Health, with 95 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths. Most deaths have been recorded in King and Snohomish counties.

On Monday morning, the United Way of Thurston County and Community Foundation of South Puget Sound announced that the Thurston County COVID-19 Community Response Fund would be accepting requests from county residents that have been severely financially impacted.

More information on this fund can be found at www.unitedway-thurston.org/covid-19. The fund is available to provide assistance with rent, utilities, child care and other basic needs.

Donations can also be made on the website.

Thurston County Public Health recommends you take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following things:

• Practice social distancing. This means keeping a distance of about 6 feet between you and other people.

• Avoid crowds.

• Stay home. Skip community events and gatherings.

• If you work, work from home if you can.

• Avoid contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

• If you are sick, stay home and avoid close contact with others.

For more information on the symptoms of COVID-19, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. www.cdc.gov.

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