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).

Latest State Proclamations

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.

  • Proclamation 20-25 is amended to adopt the most recent face covering order issued by the Secretary of Health, Order 20-03.4. Under this order, every person in Washington must wear a face covering when they are in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household, subject to specific exceptions and exemptions.  
  • Proclamation 21-14 (Vaccination Requirement) is expanded to include all employees, on-site contractors and on-site volunteers at all public and private K-12 schools, public and private 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education, and early learning and child care programs serving children from multiple households.

Resources

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 12/8/21 at 8:28 a.m. Please note: data is updated every morning (Monday – Friday)

Due to staffing, daily data updates may be interrupted. Please refer to the DOH database for data updates. Thank you and we appreciate your patience during this time.

County of Residence
Total Positive Cases as of Dec 6
New Cases Received Dec 6
New Cases in Last 7 Days (By Tested Date)
(Nov 30
– Dec 6)

New Cases in Last 14 Days (By Tested Date) (Nov 23 – Dec 6)
Currently Hospitalized
Total Deaths
Chelan
12601
14
136
(170.7 per 100,000)

260
(326.4 per 100,000)
10
105
Douglas
6774
6
61
(139.4 per 100,000)
130
(297.1 per 100,000)

4
36
Total
19,375
20
197
(159.6 per 100,000)

390
(316 per 100,000)

14*
141

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 TEST RESULTS CAN TAKE UP TO 96 HOURS. YOU CAN CONTACT 509-886-6476 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR TEST RESULTS.

Locations Of Test Sites

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

Monday - Saturday
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lifeline Ambulance
230 Grant Road in East Wenatchee, WA 98802

(Beginning on 12/4) Saturday
7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Facility
Call
Confluence Health
Cascade Medical Center
Columbia Valley Community Health
Lake Chelan Health Express Care
East Wenatchee Walgreen's

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

CDHD STANDS-UP A NEW COVID-19 VACCINE SITE IN EAST WENATCHEE

CDHD will be offering Pfizer booster doses at 110 2nd Street Northeast

East Wenatchee, WA 98802. The booster clinic will be open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4:30pm. Pre-registration is required.

COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for anyone over the age of 18 and who have completed their initial series at least 6 months ago. COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots | CDC

To pre-register for your booster vaccine please visit us HERE!

Recipients over the age of 12 who still need their 1st or 2nd dose of the Pfizer BioNTech are able to receive those at the booster site as well.

Immunocompromised

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.

Q&A: Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Doses for Immunocompromised Patients

Vaccine Requirement

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.

Exemption or opt-out forms for COVID-19 vaccine

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.

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

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.

QUARANTINE & ISOLATION PACKET

  • 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.

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:

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)

Childcare and Schools Positive Case Reporting Form

Mask Waiver Form

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

Guidance & Resources

North Central Educational Service District

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

Guidelines for Student Housing – Higher Education Institutions (PDF)

Higher Education Facilities (PDF)

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Guidance

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:

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

Guidance & 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 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.

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

COVID-19 Guidance for Non-Health Care Businesses and Organizations (wa.gov)


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

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

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.

How to Prevent COVID-19

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.

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