COVID-19 Information

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in several countries, including the United States. 

There are 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wahkiakum County. If you are not contacted by the Wahkiakum County Health Department, you are NOT a close contact. Case investigation and contact notification is being actively done.

For those who feel they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your primary care physician first. Wahkiakum Health Department is also offering screening by calling 360-849-4041 during regular business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please review the COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Healthcare Providers. You will be asked a series of questions and if the screener feels you should be tested, they will advise you of next steps.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For the latest information on cases in the state, visit the Washington State Department of Health website or you can call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. For the latest information on cases in Oregon visit the Oregon Health Authority Website.

The people most at risk from COVID-19 are those over age 60, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised, especially people from these groups who have underlying conditions. The Health Department recommends strongly that those who are at risk or who live with someone at risk, take significant steps to physically isolate themselves.

For the latest information on cases in the U.S., visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For the latest information on cases in the state, visit the Washington State Department of Health website or you can call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. For the latest information on cases in Oregon visit the Oregon Health Authority Website.

Prevention:

Wahkiakum County Public Health recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:

  • The Health Department recommends strongly that those who are at risk or who live with someone at risk, take significant steps to physically isolate themselves.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A hand sanitizer may be used after appropriate hand washing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay home and away from others when sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • If you must go out in public try to maintain a distance of 6 feet or greater from other people.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington Department of Health now recommend that all people should wear face masks to protect themselves and others from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

News:

The Governor has called for several Statewide community spread mitigation measures:

1. On May 1, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee discussed the phased "Smart Start" approach.

2. All State K-12 schools have cancelled all in-person classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

3. Long-term care facilities and adult family homes are under increased visitor and employee screening requirements.

Local Controls:

To receive local informational texts: text the number 30890 then type "join healthy"

All Wahkiakum County offices remain closed to the public at this time, including the Community Center and Hope Center, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you need to conduct business with the County, please contact that office to get direction on how to conduct that business.

In-person senior lunches at both the Hope Center and Johnson Park continue to be suspended. For information regarding receiving Meals on Wheel, please refer to the Resources page.