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).
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:
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.
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 7/23/21 at 2:59 p.m.
* 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
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
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Chelan and Douglas Counties are progressing to phase 3 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery. The governor also announced that a new third phase of the Roadmap has been added, and effective Monday, March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3.
Read the governor’s full announcement here.
Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers
Reopening Guidance and Resources
COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers
On March 11, 2021, Governor Inslee announced the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process.
The full Healthy Washington phased chart is available here.
Important Reference Documents
Healthy Washington Requirements
The following business activities must adhere to the occupancy and operation requirements outlined for their region’s Healthy Washington phase:
Religious and Faith-Based Organizations
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.
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 POSITIVE 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.
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.
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:
Before eligible individuals are placed, they will consent to:
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:
If your school sets up a temporary child care center, please follow CDC guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools.
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:
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).
For additional resources, please visit: https://www.wenatcheewa.gov/services/your-community-resources.
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.
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