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.
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).
On August 20th, 2021 Gov. Jay Inslee updated and extended two emergency proclamations that expand the vaccine requirement and the statewide face covering requirement. The expanded emergency orders are: Proclamations 20-25, Washington Ready; and 21-14, Vaccination Requirement.
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.
Data Updated 9/24/21 at 10:17 a.m. Please note: data is updated every morning (Monday – Friday)
* Includes all residents of Chelan-Douglas hospitalized with COVID that are reported to CDHD
Anyone can be tested. CDHD highly recommends testing for:
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 TEST RESULTS CAN TAKE UP TO 96 HOURS. YOU CAN CONTACT 509-886-6476 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR TEST RESULTS.
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.
Lake Chelan Health will administer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 230 Grant Road in East Wenatchee. The new vaccine drive-thru site will not require pre-registration and walk-ins are welcome!
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to people 12 years and older.
Studies show that people with weakened immune systems do not always build strong protection against COVID after being vaccinated. Certain groups of people who did not develop adequate protection with the two-dose series can now get an additional (3rd) dose.
You are eligible for a 3rd dose if you have an immune system that is moderately or severely weakened, leaving you more likely to get severely ill from COVID.
If you are eligible for a 3rd dose and you received an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), you should get the dose at least 28 days after your 2nd dose. You should receive the same vaccine brand if possible. If your medical provider does not have the same brand available, it is acceptable to receive the other mRNA vaccine brand.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, you should not get an additional dose of Johnson & Johnson or a dose of an mRNA vaccine at this time. You can discuss other options with your medical provider.
All employees working in our state’s public and private K-12 schools will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18. The Governor’s order allows employees to obtain a medical or religious exemption if needed. Learn more about the new vaccine requirement here.
An adult who does not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine does not need to get an exemption form from the Department of Health. Washington State only uses certificates of exemption for vaccines required for children in K-12 schools and child care so facilities know who is at risk during a disease outbreak. Currently, Washington does not require the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school or child care.
If your employer or college/university requires the COVID-19 vaccine, or you are required to have the vaccine per Gov. Jay Inslee's Aug. 9 proclamation, you should contact your employer or college/university to find out how they collect proof of vaccination, if they have an opt-out policy, and what you would need to do to opt out. It is up to employers and schools to determine their policy.
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
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.
This program will serve community members who:
Eligible referral partners include (but not limited to): CDHD, Confluence Health, Cascade Medical, Lake Chelan Health, CVCH.
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
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:
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:
On July 27th, 2021 the CDC updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
The added recommendation states that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status in public in door settings in areas of high or substantial transmission. At this time, this information is a guidance and has not yet been mandated.
CDHD will help public individuals and event planners navigate state requirements for public and private events. The CDHD’s role will only be guidance and will not be approving events. See these links for information and tools on having a COVID-19 “safe” event.
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.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19.
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.
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:
A case investigation is part of a process to support people who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
COVID-19 is commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus:
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