Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Handbook: COVID-19, After You Get Tested
Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia and Washington County put together this comprehensive guide to help people who have been tested for COVID-19.
The document includes information on isolation and quarantine, what you can and can't do, how to tell close contacts you tested positive, telling your employer, ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home, how to stop the spread of germs, using a face covering properly and more.
*Includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Number is updated Monday through Friday and reflects Oregon Health Authority data. It may differ slightly from what is displayed when you click the orange link below.
Washington County Data Indicators
Regional Data and Demographics
State's Website on County and Regional Phase 2 Criteria Data
Handbook: COVID-19, After You Get Tested
COVID-19: Después de la prueba
Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia and Washington County worked together to put together a comprehensive guide to help people who have been tested for COVID-19. The document includes information on isolation and quarantine, what you can and can't do, how to tell close contacts you tested positive, telling your employer, ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home, how to stop the spread of germs, using a face covering properly and more.
- COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program for people who need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure but do not have access to COVID-19 related paid sick leave. People who qualify will receive a $120 per day payment for up to 10 working days ($1,200 total) for the time they are required to quarantine. More information including eligibility requirements and application on Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services website.
- Community Resource Directory in English and Spanish (Housing, health care, children and families, mental health, small business support and much more).
- Essential Needs Hubs: Local hubs have been established to support community members, provide resources, coordinate volunteers and accept donations.
- 211Info: For general information regarding COVID-19 or for help getting food, paying bills or other assistance, call 211 or 1-866-698-6155. Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211). Email email@example.com
- Safe + Strong: Resources and updates from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Available in multiple languages.
- COVID-19 Posters. Available in multiple languages.
- Beware of Scams
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?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes. More information on CDC's website.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
- Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation and ride-sharing.
Additional advice about isolation, quarantine and monitoring symptoms on CDC's website.
What should I do if I test positive and haven't received a call from Public Health?
We try to reach all positive cases within 24 hours of getting test results, but this is not always possible. To prevent further spread and to protect the health of others, please tell your close contacts about your positive test as soon as possible.
- A close contact is someone you were within six feet of for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period, with or without face coverings.
- If you have or had symptoms, contact people you had close contact with beginning two days before your symptoms started. If you did/do NOT have symptoms, contact people you had close contact with beginning two days before you had your COVID-19 test.
- Your close contacts should quarantine at home and talk to their doctor about whether they should get tested.
More information is available on our contact tracing page.
What about testing?
Washington County Public Health follows CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines around testing priorities and recommendations.
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.
- 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.
More prevention information on CDC's website.
- Sign up for updates at Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Alerts
- HHS Facebook
- Oregon Health Authority @OHAOregon
- CDC @CDCgov
- Washington County @WashCoOregon
- Multnomah County @MultCo
Oregon Health Authority (OHA): The Oregon Health Authority has the latest data about COVID-19 in Oregon.
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.