COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus

Our health advisories have the latest information.

Providers must contact YHD when: Reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 or requesting testing at the WA DOH PHL If testing at a commercial lab, YHD does not need to be notified. YHD Contact Procedures: During business hours (8:30AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday) call YHD Communicable Disease Line at 509-575-4040, option 2. Outside of business hours leave a message at 509-249-6541. YHD staff will triage the next business day.

Follow DOH’s updated testing criteria.

See additional guidance from CDC.

  • Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
  • Consider close contact with known cases and travel to affected geographic regions.
  • Test for other causes of respiratory illness, including infections like influenza.

Healthcare systems—including hospitals and long-term care facilities—should consider implementing visitor restrictions, health screening and restricting children in high-risk areas.

Testing options

Option 1

Work with your healthcare system to send COVID-19 specimens to UW Virology Lab. See UW Virology Lab’s website for more information.

Option 2

Work with public health to send specimens to Washington Public Health Lab for:

  • Healthcare workers.
  • Patients in public safety occupations (e.g., law enforcement, firefighter, EMS).
  • Patients involved in an illness cluster in a facility or group (e.g, healthcare, school, corrections, business).
  • Patients without health insurance.

Follow Washington Public Health Lab’s instructions for collecting, labeling and transporting specimens.

Option 3

Contact LabCorp or Quest Diagnositics for commercial lab testing information.

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.

For more general information, visit our website – https://www.yakimacounty.us/2323/Human-Coronavirus

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