| 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
On March 1, 2020 the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, in partnership with Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Umatilla County Public Health, Oregon Health Authority and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Walla Walla Valley. The case was a Umatilla County resident.
The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Walla Walla, or how the virus is spread, please call 509-524-2647. This line is staffed Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Or call the Washington State Department of Health line at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Phone lines are currently staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.
Learn about human coronaviruses (CDC)
NEW: WA State Coronavirus Response website
Current Situation in Walla Walla - case count here
What is the Current Risk?
The risk posed by a virus outbreak depends on factors including how well it spreads between people, the severity of the illness it causes, and the medical or other measures we have to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications).
- COVID-19 is spreading in several communities in Washington, the risk of exposure is increasing for people who live in our state.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Those who have had close contact with persons with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring are at elevated risk of exposure
Our knowledge of COVID-19 is still rapidly evolving. The risk assessment will be updated as needed.
Symptoms and Testing
What should I do if I have symptoms or have been exposed?
- Call your healthcare provider, or call before going to the emergency room
- We have guidance available for people who have or think they may have COVID-19:
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF)
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF)
- What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (PDF)
- You can also use the online Coronavirus Assessment Tool developed by Providence and Microsoft.
How do I get tested?
- If you have symptoms, call your healthcare provider.
- Learn more about testing.
Resources and Recommendations
- CDC Videos that are helpful:
- Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet - Available in multiple languages
- Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Education Materials - Available in multiple languages
- Stigma Reduction
- Governor COVID-19 Resources for:
- Workers – benefits, temporary layoffs, job loss
- Businesses – financial assistance, employer and worker assistance, insurance
- Schools – School closures, information and guidance for parents
- Insurance – health insurance, travel insurance
- Veterans – State veterans’ homes
- Latest News
- Communities and Community Organizations
- Child Care
- Correctional Facilities (PDF)
- Dental Care Providers (PDF)
- Drinking Water (PDF)
- Emergency Authorities and Regulatory Flexibility
- Federal Quarantine
- First Responders
- Food Workers and Food Establishments
- Funeral Homes (PDF)
- Healthcare Facilities
- Healthcare Providers
- Higher Education
- Home Care Agencies
- Homeless Service Providers
- Jails and Detention Facilities
- Juvenile and Behavior Rehabilitation Facilities (PDF)
- Local Government Planning Guide
- Local Health Jurisdictions
- Long Term Care Facilities
- Parents and Caretakers
- Persons Who are at Higher Risk for Serious Illness
- Senior Centers
- Taxi and Rideshare Services
- Water Recreation Facilities
- Workplace and Employers