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.
- Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
- Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
- Closes all businesses except essential businesses.
Report businesses suspected of violating the governor's order here.
Public Health recommendations
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Supplies to test people for COVID-19 are limited. For this reason, health care providers have to prioritize who receives testing. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.
If you have mild symptoms, stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone and other symptoms improve, and until at least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. If your symptoms worsen and you need to seek medical care, call in advance so your provider can make a plan to see you without potentially exposing others. Your health care provider will determine whether you need to be tested.
If you develop symptoms and have a condition that may increase your risk for serious illness -- age 60 years or older or have medical conditions -- contact your health care provider. Your provider may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.
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) (русский)
- 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 social 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.
These recommendations are especially important for populations at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19:
- older than 60.
- who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
- who have weakened immune systems.
Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for COVID-19 should consult their health care provider.
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.
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 tests||137|
|Number of deaths||8|
|Number of individuals tested*||1,304|
Numbers updated 10:15 am April 3. Public Health will update these numbers by 11 am Monday through Friday. The number of positive tests 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 tests and deaths.
*The number of individuals tested is provided by the Washington State Department of Health. The state data was last updated April 1.
Cases, deaths by age
|19 and younger||2||0|
|80 and older||10||5|
Cases, deaths by gender
Cases by zip code click image to enlarge
Cases by zip code as of April 1. This map will be updated every Friday.
It's important to note that this data only represents confirmed cases and the zip codes in which they live. It does not account for undiagnosed cases or places confirmed cases may have had close contact with others. Public Health urges people to assume the virus could be anywhere and follow recommendations on social distancing and hand washing.
|COVID-19 cases hospitalized, total||22|
|COVID-19 cases hospitalized in intensive care unit (ICU)||10|
Updated April 3. Hospitalization data provided by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Unlike with confirmed measles cases, Public Health is not announcing public locations the COVID-19 case visited. COVID-19 is spread through close contact (within 6 feet) and via respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza spreads. It is not spread the same way as measles, which is airborne and can linger in the air for several hours. For this reason, listing places where a person with COVID-19 has been is not effective. Without close contact with an infected person, you are at extremely low risk of contracting COVID-19.
Homemade fabric mask recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington State Department of Health now recommend wearing cloth face coverings, such as homemade fabric masks, in public settings where individuals cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others (such as grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Staying home except for essential trips and ensuring you remain at least 6 feet away from others when in public are the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19. But non-medical masks may be used to supplement those efforts.
Here are two things to consider before deciding whether to wear a mask:
- Medical masks should be reserved for health care workers. There has been a shortage of medical masks; it’s important health care workers have the equipment they need to safely do their jobs.
- Homemade fabric masks, and other non-medical masks, are not a replacement for staying home and limiting contact with others. Masks 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. These remain the best ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
When a person who is already infected with the virus (even if they don’t have symptoms) wears a fabric mask, it may help prevent the spread of infection to others. The mask can block droplets from spreading when the person coughs, sneezes or, to a lesser degree, speaks.
It’s unknown how much protection homemade fabric masks provide to the person wearing the mask. The amount of protection may depend on the quality of the mask and how well it fits. This is why fabric masks should not be considered reliable protection, but they may provide some benefit.
To be effective, masks 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. Fabric masks should be changed when moist and washed after use. Masks that are worn may be contaminated.
- 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
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)
- Resources for coping during COVID-19
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)
Schools and 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 resources webpage
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.)
- Clark County Public Health food establishment COVID-19 guidance (Español) (русский)
- Washington State Department of Health food worker and establishment webpage (Español) (русский)
- Washington State Department of Health dining area closures guidance
- Washington State Department of Health supply chain issues and conservation strategies
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
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
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
Recursos adicionales (Spanish)
- El Nuevo Virus Corona (COVID-19)
- Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
- ¿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
Дополнительные ресурсы (Russian)
- Новый штамм коронавируса
- 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
Additional resources (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?
Additional resources (Chinese)
Additional resources (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