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 Monday, March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Inslee has extended the order through May 31. The order requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity and bans gatherings.
On May 4, Gov. Inslee signed a new order for a phased re-opening of Washington's economy. Under the Safe Start Washington plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social 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.
Phase 2 variance
Clark County Public Health submitted a Phase 2 variance request to Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman on May 22. On Saturday, May 23, Secretary Wiesman placed Clark County's variance request on pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak at a Vancouver food processing facility.
Clark County is not yet approved for Phase 2 and does not have an anticipated start date for the next phase. Clark County Public Health does not have the authority to grant exceptions to allow individual businesses or industries to enter the next phase early.
Clark County is currently in Phase 1. Residents and businesses should continue to follow the Phase 1 guidance outlined by the governor.
For information about what's open and what's closed in Phase 1, visit the state's COVID-19 website. 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.
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, or those who do not have a health care provider, can contact the following facilities to request testing:
- Legacy GoHealth. Hazel Dell, 360.787.4151. Cascade Park, 360.787.4135.
- Providence Family Medicine, Battle Ground. 360.687.6650.
- Rose Urgent Care and Family Practice, Vancouver. 360.952.4457.
- The Vancouver Clinic. Various locations. Call 360.882.2778 to schedule an appointment.
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.
Testing should come at no cost to the patient, whether they have insurance or not. The state insurance commissioner is requiring insurers to waive co-pays and deductibles for COVID-19 testing.
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 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 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).
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 cloth face coverings 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 cloth face covering, it may help prevent the spread of infection to others by blocking droplets from spreading when the person coughs, sneezes or, to a lesser degree, speaks.
It’s unknown how much protection cloth face coverings provide to the person wearing them. 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, 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.
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||551|
|Number of deaths||25|
|Number of individuals tested*||9,405|
Numbers updated 12:30 pm May 29. Public Health will update these numbers by noon Monday through Friday. Numbers are cumulative. 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.
*Data as of May 27. The number of individuals tested is provided by the Washington State Department of Health and may not include all test results. The number of positive tests includes all positive tests reported to Public Health.
Cases, deaths by age
|19 and younger||50||0|
|80 and older||45||17|
Cases, deaths by gender
Cases by test date click image to enlarge
Updated May 29. This graphic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County, by the date the person was tested. Numbers for the most recent days may change as results for those tests become available.
Cases by zip code click image to enlarge
Count and rate of cases by zip code per 100,000 people as of May 29. This map and table will be updated on Fridays. Counts and rates in zip codes with fewer than 10 cases are redacted from table to protect privacy.
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. Public Health urges people to assume the virus could be anywhere and follow recommendations on social distancing.
|COVID-19 cases hospitalized, total||6|
Updated May 29. Hospitalization data provided by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Long term care facility cases
|Adult family home||19|
Updated May 29. 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.
Firestone Pacific Foods outbreak response
Clark County Public Health is responding to a COVID-19 outbreak at Firestone Pacific Foods, a Vancouver food processing facility. The first case was reported to Public Health on Saturday, May 16.
Public Health is working closely with Firestone Pacific Foods, Washington Labor & Industries and The Vancouver Clinic in response to the outbreak.
Production has been stopped at Firestone to prevent the virus from continuing to spread among employees. Public Health is working with Firestone and Labor & Industries to develop a plan to help the facility better align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is currently no evidence COVID-19 can spread through food or food packaging.
Public Health is also coordinating with The Vancouver Clinic and Firestone to facilitate COVID-19 testing of all employees and close contacts.
Everyone who tests positive is instructed to isolate at home until they are no longer contagious. Public Health staff is interviewing all positive cases to identify and notify close contacts, who will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
Here is the latest data on the outbreak, as of May 29:
|Total number of cases||120|
|Number of employees tested positive, total||76|
|Number of employees tested positive, Clark County residents||71|
|Number of close contacts tested positive, total||44|
|Number of close contacts tested positive, Clark County residents||44|
|Number of employees tested||171|
Number of close contacts tested*
*This total includes only those close contacts who were tested through The Vancouver Clinic and does not include those who may have sought testing from their own health care provider.
All data is preliminary and is subject to change.
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 10 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
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)
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)
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
- Washington State Department of Health guidance for graduation ceremonies
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
- 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
- Food & Drug Administration infographic - summary of best practices
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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