Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
*Includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Number is updated Monday through Friday and reflects Oregon Health Authority data. It may differ slightly from what is displayed when you click the orange link below.
- Community Resource Directory in English and Spanish (Housing, health care, children and families, mental health, small business support and much more).
- Essential Needs Hubs: Local hubs have been established to support community members, provide resources, coordinate volunteers and accept donations.
- 211Info: For general information regarding COVID-19 or for help getting food, paying bills or other assistance, call 211 or 1-866-698-6155. Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211). Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Safe + Strong: Resources and updates from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Available in multiple languages.
- COVID-19 Posters. Available in multiple languages.
- Beware of Scams
What is novel coronavirus COVID-19?
Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread to people since December 2019. Also referred to as COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease 2019), experts are working hard to understand the disease and how it spreads. There is no vaccine or treatment at this time.
How is it spread?
We are learning more every day about how the virus spreads. It spreads mainly from close contact with an infected person via droplets released by coughs and sneezes. New evidence suggests that the virus can spread before symptoms are present. It is also possible to get sick by touching an infected surface then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
CDC came out with new recommendations as of April 3 to wear a cloth face covering when in public if you are unable to keep six feet of distance from others.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
- Use this symptom checker tool. It offers an online checklist to help people decide if their symptoms and underlying health conditions are serious enough that they should go to the hospital, visit their provider at a clinic, or can recover at home. By providing their zip code, users can see the nearest hospitals with space available. It also alerts people to the steps they can take depending on their risk level, from calling a physician, to an advice nurse to 211 for other support. The tool is available in 15 different languages.
- About 80% of people who have COVID-19 will have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, like a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Six new symptoms announced in late April by the CDC are chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
- If you would otherwise not seek treatment for your symptoms, we ask that you stay home and away from others in your household, rest and recover, while monitoring your symptoms. Go here for additional home guidance.
- If symptoms worsen, call your health care provider or urgent care facility before showing up.
- Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Visit the CDC's website for more information.
- If able, individuals who need emergency care should tell 911 and the hospital about any known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and travel to any affected areas.
What about testing?
Washington County Public Health follows CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines around testing priorities and recommendations.
How can I protect myself?
- Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for 20-seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand wash product.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes using your sleeve or a tissue, not your bare hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home and away from the rest of your household if you’re feeling sick. Additional home guidance is here.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched surfaces at home and at work, including your mobile devices.
- Pregnant women should visit the CDC's website for the most current guidance.
- Breastfeeding women should visit Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for the most current guidance.
- Sign up for updates at Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Alerts
- HHS Facebook
- Oregon Health Authority @OHAOregon
- CDC @CDCgov
- Washington County @WashCoOregon
- Multnomah County @MultCo
Oregon Health Authority (OHA): The Oregon Health Authority has the latest data about COVID-19 in Oregon.
World Health Organization (WHO): Visit this website for a global picture of the outbreak.
Multnomah County Health Department: Information on this website has been approved by tricounty health officers and is appropriate for Washington County community members.