Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 illnesses, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

COVID-19 Vaccines

Congregate Facilities & Businesses

Schools & Childcare

Our local schools & childcare centers are an important part of the infrastructure in our communities & they play an important role in preventing the spread of illness. Schools continue to collaborate, share information, & review plans with public health officials at Chelan-Douglas Health District in order to protect students, childcare communities & our communities at large. Schools & childcare providers reporting positive cases &/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call 509-886-6400.

Key Principles for Reducing Potential Exposures

  • 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


Good public health practices can protect employees, volunteers, and members of the public that visit these establishments. Follow the Guidance for Non-Healthcare Businesses & Organizations for several public health recommendations for businesses, organizations, and other non-health care workplaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their establishments and communities.

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