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 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 illnesses, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
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.
COVID-19 Data Latest Update: 8/17/22 at 5:00 p.m.
We are experiencing COVID-19 data interruptions and we apologize for the inconvenience. Please refer to the DOH Dashboard in between updates for the latest COVID-19 data. Thank you for your patience.
Operation Expanded Testing | CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Operation Expanded Testing (OpET) program increases access to testing nationwide, especially for communities that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. OpET provides no-cost testing to child care centers, K-12 schools, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), under-resourced communities, and congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, domestic violence and abuse shelters, non-federal correctional facilities, and other qualified sites.
Some immunocompromised individuals should receive four doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people ages 5 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot (third dose) of an mRNA vaccine 28 days after receiving their second dose. Currently, no additional primary shot is recommended for people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. See News Release below:
Booster doses will help provide continued protection against severe disease. Booster doses were previously recommended only for populations at high risk for severe COVID-19, but the recommendation expanded in late 2021 and early 2022 to include everyone 12 years and older to help increase protection against COVID-19 illness.
The CDC and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommend everyone 12 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine primary series to get a booster dose.
*mRNA vaccines are preferred, but the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is still available if you aren’t able or willing to get another vaccine.
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
Care Connect Washington is a program for people who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed and need support to isolate or quarantine at home with services such as medication delivery, health care, help applying for unemployment, local housing agencies assistance, food banks, childcare providers, as well as provide personal care kits, nonperishable food kits, and fresh food orders delivered to their homes.
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: 509-886-6476.
Good public health practices can protect employees, volunteers, and members of the public that visit these establishments. Below are 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.
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 are some medications available that have been shown to decrease the duration and severity of symptoms in patients hospitalized for COVID-19. (DOH)
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home while waiting for 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. Follow DOH guidelines aligned with CDC.
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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