COVID-19 Information

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wahkiakum County. Cowlitz, Clatsop (OR), and Clark Counties have  cases of COVID-19. Pacific (WA) and Columbia (OR) counties have no confirmed cases. We strongly recommend that citizens with COVID like symptoms or who have been associated with someone with COVID like symptoms isolate themselves and contact their primary care physician.

The people most at risk from COVID-19 are those over age 60, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised, especially people from these groups who have underlying conditions. The Health Department recommends strongly that those who are at risk or who live with someone at risk, take significant steps to physically isolate themselves.

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in several countries, including the United States.

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. For the latest information on cases in Oregon visit the Oregon Health Authority Website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people who are well wear face masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Prevention

Wahkiakum County Public Health recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:

  • The Health Department recommends strongly that those who are at risk or who live with someone at risk, take significant steps to physically isolate themselves.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A hand sanitizer may be used after appropriate hand washing.
  • 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.
  • If you must go out in public try to maintain a distance of 6 feet or greater from other people.

News:

The Governor has called for several Statewide community spread mitigation measures:

1. Gov. Jay Inslee announced an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The new orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will be in place through March 31.

2. All State K-12 schools have suspended classes.

3. Long-term care facilities and Adult Family Homes are under increased visitor and employee screening requirements

4. All Elective medical and dental procedures are canceled.

Local Controls:

1.  The County has closed its doors to help slow the spread of COVID. If you need to conduct business with the County please contact that office to get direction on how to conduct that business.

2. Senior lunches at both the Hope Center and Johnson Park are now going to change. Thursday meals will be available for seniors to drive by and pick up. Seniors will be asked not to leave their cars, the food will be brought to their car.

3. Wahkiakum School District - Has ceased classes until at least April 27th. The school district will continue to function.

4. The Community Center has been closed as of March 17th at 1:00 p.m.

5. The Hope Center groups have been cancelled (all yoga, senior fitness, AA, and FA).

The Washington State Dept. of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public.

If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

To receive local informational texts:  text the number 30890 then type "join healthy"

Washington State Crisis Services

The workers in our behavioral health community are ready to help. If you or a family member needs emotional or mental health support, or treatment resources for substance use, please consider calling the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1–866–789–1511.

Local Wahkiakum Crisis Services

Crisis/Emergency Services are staffed by Mental Health Professionals who provide crisis services 24-hours per day, 7-days per week. Crisis services include telephone support, face-to-face contact, follow-up sessions, and referrals to appropriate community resources.  Every effort is made to provide services within the community including providing 24/7 support.

Wahkiakum County Crisis
Toll Free: 800-635-5989
Phone: 360-795-8630, ext. 9

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