Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Number of COVID-19 Cases in Washington County: 228*

*Reflects Oregon Health Authority data and may differ slightly from what is displayed when you click the orange link below.

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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 it is possible to transmit the virus before symptoms are present. It is also possible to get sick by touching an infected surface then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

This virus does not discriminate. Anyone can get it. Stigmatizing or avoiding certain groups of people is unfair and hurtful. It is up to all of us to make sure that everyone feels welcome, supported and safe in our community. Share facts, not fear.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

  • Use the CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker if you or someone you are caring for is experiencing symptoms.
  • About 80% of people who have COVID-19 will have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, like a fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. A fairly recent development is that loss of smell or taste could be early symptoms.
  • 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.

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.
  • Follow the Stay Home, Save Lives order.
  • 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.

What about testing?

Washington County Public Health follows CDC and OHA guidelines around testing priorities and recommendations, which you can read about on the CDC's website

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Helpful websites

Oregon Health Authority (OHA): The Oregon Health Authority has the latest data about COVID-19 in Oregon. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC has a vast library of resources and information for prevention, FAQs and resources. You can sign up for email and social media updates.

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.

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