COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus

Our health advisories have the latest information.

Providers must fax positive lab results with demographic information to 509-249-6628.

Closely monitor health advisories for updated guidance, situational awareness and resources for providers and patients.

COVID-19 vaccination

We don’t know when the Food and Drug Administration will authorize vaccines. Along with DOH, we’re watching vaccine development efforts closely. We will only promote a safe and effective vaccine.

Once a safe and effective vaccine is available, we anticipate limited supplies at first. We expect more vaccine will become available over time. DOH is developing vaccine distribution plans. People at high risk of getting COVID-19 will likely get the vaccine first:

  • People who work in healthcare or first responders who treat patients with COVID-19.
  • Older adults who live in congregate care settings.


People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. They may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.

Follow DOH’s updated testing criteria.

Personal protective equipment

Additional Guidance

Patient instructions

  • For symptoms—What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • For exposed—What to do if you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
  • For confirmed or suspected—What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

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