Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

This is an evolving situation. This page will be updated as more information is available.

For non-urgent COVID-19 questions or concerns, please leave a message at 509-886-6476 and someone will return your call within the next business day. If you need immediate medial attention, please call 911.

If you need immediate medical attention, please call 911.

For CDHD’s latest public health communications, please visit: CDHD’s Newsroom.

General COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 is commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

Close Contact With Others (Within About 6 Feet)

Through Respiratory Droplets Produced When An Infected Person Coughs, Sneezes, Or Talks. These Droplets Can Land In The Mouths Or Noses Of People Who Are Nearby Or Possibly Be Inhaled Into The Lungs.

COVID-19 May Be Spread By People Who Are Not Showing Symptoms.

It May Be Possible That A Person Can Get COVID-19 By Touching A Surface Or Object That Has The Virus On It And Then Touching Their Own Mouth, Nose Or Eyes.

At This Time, The Risk Of COVID-19 Spreading From Animals To People Is Considered To Be Low. Learn More About Pets And COVID-19.

COVID-19 Prevention

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus:

Learn more about how to protect yourself and others.

Maintain Good Social Distance (About 6 Feet). Learn More About Social Distancing.

Wash Your Hands Often With Soap And Water. If Soap And Water Are Not Available, Use A Hand Sanitizer That Contains At Least 60% Alcohol. Learn More About Adequate Hand Washing.

Clean And Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces. Learn More About Cleaning And Disinfecting.

Cover Your Mouth And Nose With A Mask In Public Or Around Others. Learn More About Masking.

Masking

On June 30 Washington state has reopened under the Washington Ready plan.

Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of masks is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Vaccines have slowed the spread of COVID-19 in Washington, but face masks are still an important tool in preventing transmission of the virus. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets when infected people, many of whom do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, cough, sneeze, or talk. Evidence shows that wearing a mask reduces an infected person’s chance of spreading the infection to others.

The Secretary of Health’s masking order differentiates between people who are fully vaccinated and people who are not yet fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after receiving the single dose J&J vaccine.

 Children younger than 2 and people with certain medical conditions are not required to wear a mask.

Resources/Links

DOH Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings

The Do’s and Don’ts of Face Coverings

Wear a cloth face covering or mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Local Case Count Data

COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has spread throughout Chelan and Douglas Counties since our first case was reported on March 16. Confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have all had a positive molecular test for COVID-19. Only one positive test is counted per person, no matter how many positive tests they may have. This page includes daily case count updates Monday through Friday, and more comprehensive weekly updates every Wednesday.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Chelan & Douglas Counties

Data Updated 7/26/21 at 1:38 p.m.

County of Residence
Total Positive Cases as of July 23
New Cases Received July 23
New Cases in Last 7 Days (By Tested Date) (July 17 – July 23)
New Cases in Last 14 Days (By Tested Date) (July 10 – July 23)
Currently Hospitalized
Total Deaths
Chelan
7275
13
62
(77.8 per 100,000)

101
(126.8 per 100,000)

6*
68
Douglas
3911
12
65
(148.6 per 100,000)

94
(214.9 per 100,000)

7*
22
Total
11,186

25
127
(102.9 per 100,000)

195
(158 per 100,000)

13**
90

* Includes all residents of Chelan-Douglas hospitalized with COVID that are reported to CDHD                                    

**Total COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Chelan-Douglas, which includes residents from surrounding counties

Resources

Statewide counts: Washington State Department of Health

Worldwide counts: Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University (JHU)

Local COVID Stories

John Waymire, 73, and Debbie Waymire, 68, Wenatchee Residents
Monica Amezcua, 35, Wenatchee Resident
Caitrin Smith, RN, Wenatchee Resident
Debbie Sleiman, Respiratory Therapist, East Wenatchee Resident
Juan Hurtado, 38, Wenatchee Resident

Updated Guidance

Healthy Washington Requirements

As of June 30th, these documents are no longer in force but may be used as guidance.

Spectator Events

Religious and Faith-Based Organizations

Professional Services

Personal Services

Eating and Drinking Establishments

Weddings, Funerals and Events

Sports, Recreation and Fitness

Indoor Entertainment Establishments

Outdoor Entertainment Establishments​

All employers must follow COVID-19 prevention protocols for employees as required by the Department of Labor and Industries. Industry-specific workplace resources are listed below:  

Additional Industry Resources​

For additional industry-specific safety practices, including those for Farm and Agricultural Workers, Food Workers and Establishments, schools, healthcare providers, and others, please visit the Department of Health’s Resources and Recommendations Page.

COVID-19 Testing

Anyone can be tested. CDHD highly recommends testing for:

  • Anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, even if their illness is mild.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Anyone who has attended an event or social gathering with many people

Click here for frequently asked questions regarding current testing sites

Free Drive-Thru Testing Dates/Locations

COMMUNITY TESTING NOTICE: CDHD WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT ANYONE CAN GET TESTED AT THE DRIVE-THRU SITES FOR COVID-19. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE SYMPTOMATIC OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT POSITIVE TEST RESULTS CAN TAKE UP TO 96 HOURS. YOU CAN CONTACT 509-886-6476 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR TEST RESULTS.

Location
Days
Times
Notes
Lifeline Ambulance
230 Grant Road in East Wenatchee, WA 98802

Mon. – Fri.
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pre-Register Here
or Call (509)-663-4602

Locations Of Test Sites

Facility
Call
Confluence Health
(509) 663-8711 Option 1
Cascade Medical Center
(509) 548-5815
Columbia Valley Community Health
(509) 662-6000
Lake Chelan Community Hospital/Clinic
(509) 682-2511 or (509) 682-3300

Case Investigations & Contact Tracing

Public health professionals perform case investigations and contact tracing to help slow and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. When public health learns that someone has tested positive for COVID-19, an interviewer reaches out to talk to that person, usually by phone – this is known as a case investigation.

When talking to the person who tested positive for COVID-19, interviewers work to determine their close contacts – anyone who has been within six feet of them for 15 minutes or more while they were infectious. Interviewers then reach out to inform close contacts of possible exposure. This is the next step to prevent the spread of disease, known as contact tracing. Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.

What is Contact Tracing?

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Fact Sheets

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet: www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet: www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet: www.fda.gov/media/146305/download

There is a lot of information on the internet and in the media about COVID-19 vaccines. Chelan-Douglas Health District is working with local and regional vaccine providers partners in following the Washington State Department of Health, CDC, FDA and ACIP guidelines in allocation, distribution and administration plan. Our goal is to ensure that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all who wish to receive it, when they are eligible to, following the state phase eligibility guidance.

Emergency Assistance

The COVID-19 Emergency Isolation and Quarantine Housing Program (I&Q Facility) is funded and managed by Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD). Please note: this is not an alternative homeless shelter. Public members will not be enrolled in the program without a formal referral.

In order to stay at the I&Q Facility, a referral from a Primary Care Physician (PCP) must be provided. The referral should be clear on the guest’s COVID-19 status with a recommendation to isolate or quarantine. CDHD will take these recommendations and make the placement according to guest eligibility and willingness to agree to the terms of an Occupancy Agreement.

Once placed into the program, guests are expected to isolate or quarantine in the room and abide by the Occupancy Agreement that they have signed. Guests will receive three (3) meals per day during their stay. It is the duty of the guest to list all food allergies known ahead of time. Guests will participate in regular daily vital signs/symptoms check twice a day by Lifeline and will be connected to medical professionals when necessary.

Definitions

  • Isolation – Specifically for a COVID-19 positive person needing to separate from people as to not spread the virus.
  • Quarantine – People exposed to COVID-19 and waiting test results that need to restrict their interactions with others to decrease possible transmission.

Eligibility

This program will serve community members who:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and live in a situation where they cannot self-isolate or quarantine within their homes without exposing others in the household (medical recommendation to self-isolate or quarantine).
  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 and have received a medical recommendation to self-isolate or quarantine but cannot self-isolate or quarantine within their homes without exposing others in the household.

Before eligible individuals are placed, they will consent to:

  • Motel, Hospital and CDHD isolation and quarantine guidelines.
  • Occupation Agreement
  • Care Overview
  • Release of Information
  • Be able to self-monitor of temperature and symptoms
  • Be able to self-administer own medications
  • Calling “911” if symptoms become unmanageable
  • Refraining from using motel amenities, other than what is provided in the room.
  • GUESTS WILL NOT GO INTO THE LOBBY

Referral

Eligible referral partners include (but not limited to): CDHD, Confluence Health, Cascade Medical, Lake Chelan Health, CVCH.

Referral Components

  • Medical Provider’s Letterhead
  • Medical Provider’s Signature
  • Agency Name
  • Agency County
  • Agency Contact Person
  • Agency Contact Number and Email
  • Guest’s Name
  • Guest’s Date of Birth
  • Guest’s Phone Number
  • Guest’s Physical Home Address
  • Guest’s Preferred Language
  • Guest’s COVID-19 Status
  • Recommendation for isolation or quarantine (list length of stay).
  • List any known food allergies
  • List any known underlying health conditions
  • List any mental/behaviors concerns

Please note that medical need is the primary factor in determining eligibility for emergency housing during this time. Homelessness is a secondary factor in determining eligibility. Making this referral does not guarantee entry into the Emergency Housing Facility. You will be contacted within 24 hours of the status of your referral submission. Thank you for your compassionate self-care and patience during this unprecedented time.

Email documents to the contacts below (i.e., medical referrals, signed HIPAA release, etc.) that provide medical and/or housing eligibility for the referred individual in order for CDHD to make an EMERGENCY HOUSING placement.

I&Q Facility Contact Information

Kaila Brownlee, COVID19 Division Liaison
509-886-6470

Kaila.Brownlee@cdhd.wa.gov

Congregate Facilities

Schools & Childcare

Our local schools and childcare centers are an important part of the infrastructure in our communities and they play an important role in preventing the spread of illness. They continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with public health officials at Chelan-Douglas Health District in order to protect their school and childcare communities and our communities at large.

Schools and childcare providers reporting positive cases and/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call:

  • 509-886-6143 (English)
  • 509-886-6144 (Spanish)

School Guidance

Screening Flow Chart for Handling Suspected, Presumptive or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Flow Chart & Protocol

K-12 Schools Requirements 2021-2022 (wa.gov)

CDC’s Considerations for Schools during COVID-19

Key Principles For Reducing Potential Exposures In Schools And Childcare Settings

  • Keep ill persons out of school and childcare – educating students, families, and staff to stay home when ill
  • Cohorts – conducts all activities in small groups and avoid mixing with other groups
  • Physical distancing – minimizing close contact (less than 6 ft) with other people
  • Hand hygiene – frequent washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand gel
  • Protective equipment – use of cloth face coverings
  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection – especially of high-touch surfaces
  • Improve indoor ventilation
  • Isolation – of sick people and those who have been exposed to COVID-19

Additional Guidance And Resources

North Central Educational Service District

Child Care, Youth Development, and Summer Day Camps During the Covid-19 Outbreak (PDF)

Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies during the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)

Guidelines for Student Housing – Higher Education Institutions (PDF)

Higher Education Facilities (PDF)

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Guidance

If your school sets up a temporary child care center, please follow CDC guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools.

Living Centers

Long-term care facilities are at high risk for severe COVID-19 outbreaks due to their congregate nature and vulnerable population (e.g., older adults with multiple co-morbidities). These resources are intended to help long-term care facilities take the appropriate steps to prepare for and respond to cases of COVID-19 in their facility, and thereby protect the health of residents and staff.

Long-term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family homes, etc.) reporting positive cases and/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call:

  • 509-886-6145 (English)
  • 509-886-6146 (Spanish)

Staff Guidance

Information for Providers and Long-Term Care Professionals

Healthcare Workers in Nursing Homes

Visitor Guidance

LTCF Visitor Log
Family Help – Facility Status and Information

Additional Guidance And Resources

Nursing Homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Enhanced Services Facilities

Certified Community Residential Services and Support

Homeless Shelters

Business & Employers

On June 2, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee issued updates for most business and employee guidance documents to incorporate the new facial covering guidance from the CDC and Washington Department of Health.

Additionally, the governor announced that some industries with minimal customer or general public interaction will no longer need to follow additional guidance. They will instead only need to follow the COVID-19 workplace health and safety measures established by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Guidance & Resources

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

General Workplace Safety Guidance

Businesses Requirement for all Customer and Visitors to Wear a Face Covering

L&I Guidance – Which Mask for Which Task?

Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce – Toolkit for Re-opening Businesses Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Coronavirus?

A coronavirus describes a large number of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illness. There are coronaviruses that have caused severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The new name for novel coronavirus 2019 is now COVID-19.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms ​may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Other less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Is There A Treatment For COVID-19?

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19.

How Do I Know If I Need To Be Tested For COVID-19?

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

What Should I Do If I Have COVID-19 Symptoms?

Take precautions anytime you feel sick by staying away from others and wearing a face mask if you must get within six feet of someone else. Contact you doctor and let them know that you think you have COVID-19 symptoms and would like to get tested for the virus. The WA DOH has guidance available for people who have or think they may have COVID-19:

What to do if you have confirmed or suspect you have COVID-19

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

What Are The Steps In Contact Tracing?

This infographic shows how contact tracing works.
Click here for additional frequently asked questions about contact tracing.

What Is A Case Investigation?

A case investigation is part of a process to support people who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

For More Frequently Asked Questions, Please Visit:

WA DOH Frequently Asked Questions

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

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