Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Who should get tested, where to find a COVID-19 test.
View a map of Washington County test sites.
If you have tested positive or are waiting for results, tell your close contacts right away. More info in our guide: isolation and quarantine, what is a close contact, telling your employer and more.
Where, when and how to get vaccinated. Plus answers to many of your vaccine-related questions.
Where and when to wear your mask.
How to prevent virus spread at home, taking care of an ill person, monitoring your symptoms and more.
Watch our new video for more guidance.
Guidance for businesses, employers and employees related to COVID safety and reporting.
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.
When will I hear from Public Health?
We are still trying to reach all positive cases, but because we have so many cases, we are not able to reach all cases within 24 hours. Our case interviewers are calling from their work cell phones, so if they leave a message with a number you do not recognize as a Washington County number, please call them back at the number they give you. They will also give you a Washington County number you can call to confirm this is not a scam call.
If you do test positive, please tell your contacts that they have been exposed. Do not wait for a call from Public Health.
- 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.
How long do close contacts of a suspected or confirmed case need to quarantine?
Unvaccinated close contacts: A 14-day quarantine is the safest approach and helps reduce spread from people without symptoms. We recommend a minimum of 10 days. There is a small but significant chance of transmission from days 11-14, so it's important to continue to monitor your symptoms for a full 14 days if you end quarantine early.
Fully vaccinated close contacts: You do not need to quarantine if:
- It has been two weeks since your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks since your one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine AND
- You have had no symptoms since the current COVID-19 exposure.
What do I tell my employer if I need to quarantine and can't go to work?
Close contacts who have been asked to quarantine can request a letter from Washington County Public Health by calling 503-846-8123. If you have to quarantine and need help with rent, groceries or other essential expenses, call 503-846-8123.
How can I protect myself and others?
- Get vaccinated.
- 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.
- Wear a face covering.
- 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.
- 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.
- Child Care Assistance
- 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
- COVID-19 Posters. Available in multiple languages.