Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. COVID-19 is part of a larger family of coronaviruses, some of which are normally circulating in the community and can cause illnesses like the common cold.
For the latest information on cases in the U.S., visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For the latest information on cases in the state, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.
On Sunday, May 31, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a new proclamation -- Start Safe, Stay Healthy -- outlining the state's phased approach to reopening.
The proclamation replaced the governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, which expired May 31.
Under the Safe Start Washington plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate physical distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.
Visit the governor's website for industry-specific guidance and safety criteria for businesses listed in each phase of the plan. Business activities are not authorized to open until a business is able to meet all safety criteria.
Report businesses suspected of violating the governor's order here. Workplace safety complaints about coronavirus or other issues can be filed by calling Washington Labor & Industries at 800.423.7233.
Clark County is in Phase 2
Clark County’s application to move to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan was approved Friday, June 5.
Businesses approved to reopen in Phase 2 must follow industry-specific guidance issued by the governor. Businesses and industries eligible to reopen in Phase 2 include hair and nail salons, barbershops, real estate, pet grooming and new construction, among others. Retail stores can open for in-store purchases and restaurants can resume dine-in services with limitations on the number of diners.
Phase 2 also allows for small gatherings of no more than five people from outside the household per week. All outdoor recreation involving no more than five people from outside the household, such as camping and visiting beaches, can also resume in Phase 2.
Businesses, nonprofits and workers with questions about the Safe Start policy plan for returning to work, safety guidelines for your business or industry, or financial assistance can submit an inquiry to the state.
Clark County submitted its application to enter Phase 3 of the reopening plan on Friday, June 26. Gov. Inslee has put all applications on pause indefinitely. Clark County's Phase 3 application has been returned as a result of the pause.
Clark County does not have an anticipated start date for Phase 3.
Public Health recommendations
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider about testing as soon as possible. Early testing is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Clark County.
Most health care facilities now offer COVID-19 testing. People who are unable to access testing through their regular health care provider, those who do not have a health care provider or those who are uninsured can contact the following facilities to request testing:
- Legacy GoHealth. Hazel Dell, 360.787.4151. Cascade Park, 360.787.4135.
- *Providence Walk-In Clinic, Battle Ground. 360.687.6650.
- *Rose Urgent Care and Family Practice, Vancouver. 360.952.4457. (drive up testing available)
- *Sea Mar Community Health Center, Battle Ground. Call 360.342.8060 to schedule an appointment. (drive up testing available)
- Testing hours: 8:30 am to noon Tuesdays, 1 to 4:30 pm Thursdays
- *Sea Mar Community Health Center, East Vancouver. Call 360.726.6720 to schedule an appointment. (drive up testing available)
- Testing hours: 8:30 to 11:15 am Mondays, 1 to 4:15 pm Thursdays
- *Sea Mar Community Health Center, Salmon Creek. Call 360.852.9070 to schedule an appointment. (drive up testing available)
- Testing hours: 1 to 5 pm Wednesdays, 9 am to noon Thursdays
- *The Vancouver Clinic. Various locations. Call 360.882.2778 to schedule an appointment.
(*These facilities are providing tests at no cost for those who are uninsured. Some may charge a fee for the office visit. Call the facility for more information.)
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should call their health care provider or one of the above facilities in advance so the facility can take steps to prevent exposing others.
Here is additional guidance for people who have or think they have COVID-19:
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (Español) (русский)
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 (Español)
- What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 (Español) (русский)
How can I keep myself and others healthy?
Clark County Public Health is urging everyone to practice physical distancing:
- Stay home. Only make essential trips, such as to the grocery store or to seek medical care.
- Give space. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people when in public.
- Don't congregate. Avoid indoor and outdoor gatherings with other people. Don't invite friends or family members over if they live in a different household. Instead, use technology to meet with them virtually.
Everyday practices to prevent colds, influenza and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against coronaviruses, including COVID-19. Clark County Public Health recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Stay home and away from others when sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
Cloth face covering requirements
Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman issued a health order mandating the use of cloth face, effective June 26.
Face coverings are required in all common spaces, such as public buildings, businesses, health care facilities, shared hallways of apartment buildings and hotels, elevators, while riding public transportation or in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle. Face coverings are also required when outdoors and unable to maintain physical distancing.
The mandate applies to those 5 years and older. Face coverings are recommended, but not required, for children 2 to 5 years old while in public places. Children younger than 2 should not wear face coverings. There are exemptions for people with certain disabilities or health conditions.
Gov. Inslee issued an order, effective July 7, that requires businesses to enforce the use of face coverings by all customers and visitors. Under the order, businesses cannot provide goods or services to those who are not following the face covering mandate.
Report businesses suspected of violating the governor's order here.
All employees are also required to wear cloth face coverings or face masks, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site. Employers must provide cloth face coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection.
Refer to the state Department of Labor & Industries’ Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements or their Which Mask for Which Task guide for more information. And visit the Department of Labor & Industries' website for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the face covering requirement.
What are cloth face coverings?
A cloth face covering is fabric that covers the nose and mouth. It can be:
- A sewn mask secured with ties or straps around the head or behind the ears
- A piece of fabric tied around a person’s head
- Made from variety of materials, such as fleece, cotton or linen
- Factory-made or made from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts or towels
Cloth face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing or limiting contact with others. Face coverings also do not replace the need to frequently wash hands with soap and water, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands and stay away from people who are sick. Taking all of these steps, in addition to wearing face coverings, are important for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
How do cloth face coverings work?
Cloth face coverings are intended to protect others, not yourself. People infected with the virus causing COVID-19 may not have any symptoms (asymptomatic) but still spread the virus. And people who are infected can spread the virus up to two days before they develop symptom (pre-symptomatic).
When a person who is already infected with the virus (even if they don’t have symptoms) wears a cloth face covering, it can prevent the spread of infection to others by blocking droplets from spreading when the person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
To be effective, face coverings should be worn consistently. Be sure to wash hands before putting on a fabric mask and after taking it off, and be careful not to touch your face with unwashed hands if adjusting the mask. Face coverings should be changed when moist and washed after use. Worn face coverings may be contaminated. Find more dos and don'ts of face coverings here.
Learn how to make a no-sew fabric mask in this video with Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams. Additional tips and instructions for making face coverings are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
How do I correctly wear a face covering?
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
- Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead
- Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect
How do I safely take off a face covering?
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties
- Fold outside corners together
- Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings)
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing
Public Health response
COVID-19 testing is ordered at the discretion of local health care providers. Public Health does not provide COVID-19 testing and does not need to approve testing for COVID-19.
|Number of positive cases||2,018|
|Number of deaths||42|
|Number of tests conducted*||36,605|
|Rate of new cases per 100,000 population**||74.3|
Numbers updated Aug. 7. Public Health will update these numbers by noon Monday through Friday. Numbers are cumulative. The number of positive cases and deaths included in this table may differ from numbers on the Washington State Department of Health website. Public Health data is the most up-to-date on positive cases and deaths. The number of positive cases reflects the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. People with multiple positive tests are only counted once. Antibody test results are not included in these totals.
*The state is experiencing issues with its reporting system and has not reported new test totals since Aug. 1. The number of tests conducted is provided by the Washington State Department of Health and may not include all test results. Positive test results are required to be reported immediately.
**Rate as of Aug. 4. This rate will be updated once a week. Rate of newly diagnosed cases per 100,000 people in the county over a two-week period. The two week period starts six days prior to the current date to account for the lag in reporting.
|80 and older||79|
Updated Aug. 4. Age data will be updated weekly.
Updated July 6. Public Health is currently unable to provide regular updates to case demographic information as we transition and train new staff. We'll resume updates as soon as we're able.
|19 and younger||0|
|80 and older||24|
Updated Aug. 7
Cases by verification date click image to enlarge
This graphic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County, by the date the case was verified. Numbers for the most recent days may change as results for those tests become available.
Updated Aug. 4. This graphic will be updated weekly.
Cases by zip code click image to enlarge
Count and rate of cases by zip code per 100,000 people as of July 6. Counts and rates in zip codes with fewer than 10 cases are redacted from table to protect privacy. Public Health is currently unable to provide regular updates to the map as we transition and train new staff. We'll resume updates as soon as we're able.
This data only represents confirmed cases and the zip codes in which they live. It does not account for undiagnosed cases or areas where the confirmed cases were exposed to the virus.
|COVID-19 cases hospitalized||12|
|COVID-19 PUIs hospitalized*||4|
|Percent of licensed hospital beds occupied||59.1%|
|Percent licensed hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients & PUIs*||2.5%|
Updated Aug. 7. Data for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
*PUIs is persons under investigation for COVID-19 (individuals awaiting test results).
Long term care facility cases
|Adult family home||19|
This table provides a cumulative number of cases (residents and staff) associated with long term care facilities since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Some associated cases included in the table may be among non-Clark County residents; non-Clark County residents are not included in the overall case count.
Updated July 6. Public Health is currently unable to provide regular updates to this table as we transition and train new staff. We'll resume updates as soon as we're able.
Case interviews and contact notifications
Case interviews and contact notifications are important tools for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. But there is a lot of misinformation circulating about these practices.
So what does this process look like in Clark County?
Health care providers notify Clark County Public Health every time someone tests positive for COVID-19. After receiving the report, Public Health calls the sick person to see how they are doing. We ask them to stay home until they are no longer considered contagious. This is to ensure they don’t spread the virus to others.
We also ask the sick person to share some information with us:
- If they have symptoms and when their symptoms started
- Where they went while they may have been contagious
- Who they had close contact with while they may have been contagious
This information is kept private. We only use it to identify close contacts who may be at risk of getting COVID-19. Close contacts include everyone who:
- was within 6 feet of the sick person for more than 15 minutes
- was near the sick person’s coughs or sneezes
- lives in the same home as the sick person
- cared for the sick person
We call each of those close contacts and ask them to stay home for 14 days. We ask them to stay home so if they develop COVID-19, they don’t get others sick. Staying home the whole time is important because people can spread COVID-19 before they know they are sick.
We also call or text those close contacts every day to see if they’ve developed symptoms. If so, we help them to get tested. We also ask if they need other help, like someone to pick up their groceries.
This process isn't new in Clark County. Public Health conducted case interviews and contact notifications during the measles outbreak last year, and we've used these tools during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is modified and more people are out and about, we’ll aim to identify close contacts of all cases within 24 hours. Acting quickly is crucial for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community safe, healthy and open.
- Clark County COVID-19 website
- Washington State Department of Health call center: 1.800.525.0127
- Washington State Department of Health novel coronavirus outbreak webpage (Español) (русский)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus disease 2019 website (Español)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information for travel webpage
- Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation COVID-19 projections
- Washington State Coronavirus Response website
- Gov. Inslee's COVID-19 reopening guidance website
- Clark County Public Health - What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Washington Listens support program factsheet (Español)
Signs, posters and handouts
- Novel coronavirus fact sheet: English, Español, русский, Vietnamese, Chinese (traditional), Thai, Korean
- How can I prevent getting novel coronavirus? poster (Español) (русский)
- Resources for coping during COVID-19
- COVID-19 grocery shopping tips (Español)
- COVID-19 case interview and contact notification (Español) (русский)
- Open with care
- COVID-19 symptoms flier
- Viruses don't discriminate flier
- Coronavirus and stigma flier
- Wear face coverings to reduce COVID-19 transmission flier (Español)
- From exposure to feeling better (Español) (русский)
- Please wear a face covering, combined English, Russian and Spanish
- Face coverings required (8.5 X 11" and 5.5 X 8.5")
Parents and caregivers
- Washington State Department of Health resources for parents/caretakers
- Just for Kids: A comic exploring the new coronavirus (NPR)
- Washington State Department of Health guidance for caregivers (Español) (русский)
- What does staying home mean? (Español) (русский)
- Pregnancy, Birth, and Caring for Your Baby with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (Español)
- Tips for cleaning and disinfecting your home
Schools and child care centers
Child care centers
- Washington State Department of Health recommendations for schools and child care facilities
- Washington State Department of Health recommendations for child care during COVID-19 outbreak
- Washington State Department of Health child care, youth development, and summer day camps during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families key measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in child care
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considerations for schools
- Washington State Department of Health guidance for graduation ceremonies
- Washington State Department of Health K-12 summer guidance
- Washington State Department of Health K-12 fall guidance
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction questions & answers for school districts
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Novel Coronavirus Guidance & Resources
- Clark County Public Health letter to schools regarding reopening plans
- Washington State Department of Health decision tree for provision of in-person learning among K-12 students
Businesses and employers
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interim guidance for businesses and employers
- Washington State Department of Health workplace and employer recommendations
- Gov. Jay Inslee's list of "essential critical infrastructure workers"
- Washington State Department of Health recommendations for transient acommodations (hotels, motels B&Bs, etc.)
- Small Business Administration disaster assistance
- Washington COVID-19 business signage toolkit
- Washington State Department of Health guidance for daily COVID-19 screening of staff and visitors
- Gov. Inslee's Safe Start Washington industry-specific guidance and safety criteria for reopening
- Sign: Open with care
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resuming business toolkit
- Department of Health safe cleaning and disinfection guidance for public spaces
- Healthy workplace: The role of employers in effective contact tracing
- Sign: Please wear a face covering, combined English, Russian and Spanish
- Signs: Face coverings required (8.5 X 11" and 5.5 X 8.5")
- Washington Department of Health best practices for businesses implementing face covering requirements
Phase 2 guidance
- Additional measures required for Phase 2 – effective July 30, 2020. (Documents below will be revised or replaced when made available by state agencies.)
- Phase 2 – Reopening Cover Letter
- Phase 2 – Governor Inslee’s Reopening Requirements
- Phase 2 – Reopening Guidance – Physical Facilities
- Phase 2 – Reopening Guidance – Operations
- Phase 2 – Reopening Check-list
- Phase 2 – Daily Dine-in Log
- All Phase Summary: Guidelines for Restaurants
Fliers and resources
- Open with Care
- King County Protect One Another from COVID-19
- CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus
- CDC Stop the Spread of Germs
- CDC Stay Home When Sick
- King County Protect Yourself and Coworkers from COVID-19
- Washington State Department of Health supply chain issues and conservation strategies
- Food & Drug Administration infographic – summary of best practices
- Washington Hospitality Association Ready to Serve
- Washington Hospitality Association Keep Each Other Safe
- Washington State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Resources and Recommendations
- Clark County Public Health Food Safety Newsletters
Health care providers, clinics and hospitals
- Clark County Public Health provider advisories
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information for healthcare professionals
- Washington State Department of Health resources for healthcare providers
- Washington State Department of Health health alert for dental providers
- CDC infection prevention and control considerations for alternate care sites
- CDC personal protective equipment when caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 factsheet, poster
- Washington State Department of Health return to work guidance for health care workers and first responders
- CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting community facilities
- Department of Health safe cleaning and disinfection guidance for public spaces
Long term care facilities
- Washington State Department of Health resources for long term care facilities
- Washington State Department of Health guidance for long term care facilities
- Washington State Department of Health guidance for long term care facilities: admitting a resident with COVID-19 from a hospital
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services FamHelp Facility Status and Information
Homeless service providers
- Washington State Department of Health recommendations for homeless shelter facilities
Emergency medical services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interim guidance for EMS services
Washington State Department of Health return to work guidance for health care workers and first responders
Recursos adicionales (Español - Spanish)
- El Nuevo Virus Corona (COVID-19)
- Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
- BienestarWA: Una comunicación del Departamento de Salud del estado de Washington
- ¿Qué es el nuevo coronavirus?
- ¿Como puedo Yo prevenir contagiarme con el Novel Coronavirus?
- ¿Qué significa “quedarse en casa”?
- ¿Está enfermo y cree que tiene la enfermedad del coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- ¿Ha estado cerca de una persona que tiene la enfermedad del coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- ¿Está enfermo y le preocupa que pueda ser COVID-19?
- Nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19): guía para cuidadores
- COVID-19 Guia de Servicio de Alimentos
- Cómo prevenir la propagación del COVID-19: Pautas guía para establecimientos de comida
- Elimine los Gérmenes... LAVESE LAS MANOS
- Pruebas para COVID-19
- Pautas para la evaluación diaria de miembros del personal y visitantes para la detección de la COVID-19
- Embarazo, nacimiento y cuidado de su bebé con sospecha o confirmación de COVID-19
- COVID-19: consejos para la compra de comestibles
- COVID-19 entrevistas de casos y notificaciones de contacto
- COVID-19: de la exposición a sentirse mejor
Дополнительные ресурсы (Русский - Russian)
- Новый штамм коронавируса
- Как я могу предотвратить заражение коронавирусом?
- Что значит "оставайтесь дома"? Узнайте больше здесь.
- Вы плохо себя чувствуете и считаете, что заразились коронавирусом (COVID-19)?
- Контактировали ли вы с человеком, инфицированным коронавирусом (COVID-19)?
- Вы плохо себя чувствуете и опасаетесь, что заразились COVID19?
- Новый штамм коронавируса (COVID-19). Руководство для лиц, осуществляющих уход за больными
- Предотвращение распространения COVID-19: руководство для заведений общественного питания
- Тестирование для COVID-19
- Руководство по ежедневному обследованию персонала и посетителей на COVID-19
- Связь с людьми с COVID-19 и уведомление тех, с кем они контактировали
- COVID-19 8 9 10 1. 2. 3. От контакта с источником заражения до улучшения самочувствия
Additional resources (Tiếng Việt - Vietnamese)
- Vi-rút Corona Mới (COVID-19)
- Vi-rút Corona Mới
- "Ở nhà" nghĩa là gì? Hãy tìm hiểu thêm tại đây.
- Quý vị bị ố m và cho rằ ng quý vị có thể đã bị nhiễ m vi-rút corona (COVID-19)?
- Vi-rút Corona Mới (COVID-19): Hướng Dẫn Dành Cho Người Chăm Sóc
- Quý vị có tiếp xúc gần với người nhiễm vi-rút corona (COVID-19) không?
- Quý vị bị ốm và lo lắng mình bị nhiễm COVID-19?
- Xét nghiệm COVID-19
- COVID-19 Từ Phơi Nhiễm Đến Cảm Thấy Tốt Hơn
Additional resources (中文 - Chinese)
- 新型冠状病毒 (COVID-19)
- 新型冠状病毒 (COVID-19)：看护人指南 计划
- 防止 COVID-19 传播：食品企业指南
- 关于 COVID-19 从接触到康复的信息
Additional resources (한국어 - Korean)
- 신종 코로나바이러스(코로나19)
- 신종 코로나바이러스
- 코로나바이러스 질환(COVID-19) 감염이 의심되시나요?
- 신종 코로나바이러스(코로나19) 간병인 지침 계획
- 코로나바이러스 질환(COVID-19) 확진자와 접촉한 적이 있나요?
- 코로나 19 확산 방지: 식당 업소용 지침
- 코로나-19 진단 검사
- COVID-19 노출부터 회복까지
Additional resources (Thai)
- ไวร ัสโคโรนาสายพ ันธุ ์ใหม่ (COVID-19): คําแนะนําสําหร ับผู ้ดูแล
- การตรวจ โรค COVID-19
- คุณกําล ังป่ วยและก ังวลว่าจะเป็ น COVID-19 ใช่หรือไม่
- คุณก าลังป่วยและคิดว่าตนเองอาจติดเชื้อโคโรนาไวรัส (COVID-19) ใช่หรือไม่
- คุณเคยอยู ่ใกล้ชิดก ับบุคคลทีติดเชื ่ อไวร ัสโคโรนา ้ (COVID-19) หรือไม่