Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

in Chelan/Douglas County

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This is an evolving situation. This page will be updated as more information is available.

For non-urgent COVID-19 questions or concerns, please leave a message at 509-886-6476 and someone will return your call within the next business day. If you need immediate medial attention, please call 911.

If you need immediate medical attention, please call 911.

For CDHD’s latest public health communications, please visit: CDHD’s News & Media.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 is commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

Group of people close to each other

Close contact with others (within about 6 feet)

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Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

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COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

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It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

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At this time, the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low. Learn more about pets and COVID-19.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 Prevention

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus:

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Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet). Learn more about social distancing.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Learn more about adequate hand washing.

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Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Learn more about cleaning and disinfecting.

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Cover your mouth and nose with a mask in public or around others. Learn more about masking.

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COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has spread throughout Chelan and Douglas Counties since our first case was reported on March 16. Confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have all had a positive molecular test for COVID-19. Only one positive test is counted per person, no matter how many positive tests they may have. This page includes daily case count updates Monday through Friday, and more comprehensive weekly updates every Wednesday.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Chelan & Douglas Counties

County of Residence Total Positive Cases PCR
Positive New
Positive New
New Cases 12/1 New Cases in Last 14 Days (11/18-12/1) Currently Hospitalized Total Deaths
Chelan 3753 42 50 92
(119.2 per 100K)
(970.2 per 100K)
16* 29
Douglas 2053 19 24 43
(99 per 100K)
(792.1 per 100K)
4* 7
Total 5806 61 74 135
(111.9 per 100K)
(906.1 per 100K)
32** 36

*This is the number of county residents hospitalized for COVID, both inside Chelan-Douglas and elsewhere
**This is the number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Chelan-Douglas, which includes residents from surrounding counties.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Chelan & Douglas Counties

Age Group (in years) Percent of C-D Population* COVID Case Count Percent of Total Cases*
0 – 9 13% 334 6%
10 – 19 13% 689 12%
20 – 29 11% 1166 20%
30 – 39 11% 1099 19%
40 – 49 11% 960 17%
50 – 59 13% 784 14%
60 – 69 14% 443 8%
70 – 79 9% 213 4%
≥ 80 5% 118 2%

*Percents may add to slightly more or less than 100% due to rounding

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Chelan & Douglas Counties

City Case Count Percent of Total Cases* Increase 11/25 – 12/1
Brewster 28 0%
Bridgeport 222 4% 3
Cashmere 337 6% 44
Chelan 206 4% 21
Chelan Falls 25 0%
Coulee City 1 0%
Dryden 49 1%
East Wenatchee 1542 27% 143
Entiat 42 1% 10
Leavenworth 152 3% 31
Malaga 129 2% 9
Mansfield 12 0% 1
Manson 134 2% 6
Monitor 77 1%
Orondo 84 1% 3
Palisades 8 0%
Pateros 6 0% 1
Peshastin 107 2% 3
Rock Island 124 2% 9
Waterville 25 0% 2
Wenatchee 2495 43% 230

*Percents may add to slightly more or less than 100% due to rounding


Local COVID Stories

Current phase 2
People at Work
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Chelan-Douglas Health District is currently in a Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan.

In May, Governor Jay Inslee announced Safe Start Washington – Phased Reopening County-by-County: a plan that allows for flexibility and local control to address COVID-19 activity. The secretary of the state’s Department of Health reviews and approves county applications to move to a new phase. The secretary may approve a county to move entirely to a new phase, or may approve only partial or modified reopening. COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat in Washington State. The trends we are seeing in our communities and across the country are very concerning. On July 28, Gov. Inslee extended the pause indefinitely on counties moving ahead in the Safe Start Washington plan.

Reopening Guidance and Resources

A successful Safe Start means we all have to do our part

Anyone can be tested. CDHD highly recommends testing for:

  • Anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, even if their illness is mild.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Anyone who has attended an event or social gathering with many people
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Free Drive-thru Testing Dates/Locations

Location Dates Time Notes
Wenatchee High School
1101 Millerdale Ave.,
Wenatchee, WA
Dec. 19 – 20
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drive-thru
Pre-register here

Locations of Test Sites

Facility Phone Number
Confluence Health (509) 663-8711 Option 1
Cascade Medical Center (509) 548-5815
Columbia Valley Community Health (509) 699-1372
Lake Chelan Community Hospital/Clinic (509) 682-2511 or (509) 682-3300

Case Investigations & Contact Tracing

Public health professionals perform case investigations and contact tracing to help slow and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. When public health learns that someone has tested positive for COVID-19, an interviewer reaches out to talk to that person, usually by phone – this is known as a case investigation.

When talking to the person who tested positive for COVID-19, interviewers work to determine their close contacts – anyone who has been within six feet of them for 15 minutes or more while they were infectious. Interviewers then reach out to inform close contacts of possible exposure. This is the next step to prevent the spread of disease, known as contact tracing. Interviewers do not reveal the name of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 when speaking with close contacts.

Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman issued a Statewide Order (20-03) mandating the use of cloth face coverings in most public areas as of June 26, 2020. As of July 7, 2020, businesses are required to enforce the use of face coverings by all customers or clients. Click here for an overview of COVID-19 statewide face covering requirements. Visit the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Cloth Face Coverings Webpage for additional rules that apply to employers and employees, resources and guidance for the general public and frequently asked questions related to masks and face coverings.

Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of masks is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Masked Heros

Be a Protector – Not an Infector!


Masking Survey

Masking Locations

Agency Call
Chelan-Douglas Health District 509-886-6400
Chelan Co. Emergency Management 509-667-6863
Douglas Co. Emergency Management 509-884-0941
CAFÉ (Community for Advancement of Family Education) 509-667-1926
Serve Wenatchee 509-663-4673
Cashmere Chamber of Commerce 509-782-7404

What’s open in our current phase? Visit: for find out! Businesses that can operate from home should continue to do so. For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the governor’s office has provided guidance on what businesses are essential. Businesses must be able to meet all safety criteria in order to open. Safe Start guidance documents are posted on the governor’s website. Additional workplace safety information, including face coverings, is available at WA COVID – Business & Workers. The state Department of Health also provides guidance and information for businesses, non-profits, service providers, health providers and others.

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Activities Allowed in Modified Phase 2

Updated September 22, 2020

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Food establishments calling to report positive cases and/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call:

  • 509-886-6141 (English)
  • 509-886-6142 (Spanish)

All other businesses reporting positive cases and/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call:

  • 509-886-6139 (English)
  • 509-886-6140 (Spanish)

To report businesses in violation of the Governor’s Proclamation:

Reopening Guidance

Local Chambers of Commerce

Chamber Phone Number
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce 509-662-2116
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce 509-548-5807
Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce 509-682-3503
Cashmere Chamber of Commerce 509-682-3503

Additional Guidance and Resources

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Our local schools and childcare centers are an important part of the infrastructure in our communities and they play an important role in preventing the spread of illness. They continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with public health officials at Chelan-Douglas Health District in order to protect their school and childcare communities and our communities at large.

Schools and childcare providers reporting positive cases and/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call:

  • 509-886-6143 (English)
  • 509-886-6144 (Spanish)

School Guidance

Key Principles for Reducing Potential Exposures in Schools and Childcare Settings

  • Keep ill persons out of school and childcare – educating students, families, and staff to stay home when ill
  • Cohorts – conducts all activities in small groups and avoid mixing with other groups
  • Physical distancing – minimizing close contact (less than 6 ft) with other people
  • Hand hygiene – frequent washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand gel
  • Protective equipment – use of cloth face coverings
  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection – especially of high-touch surfaces
  • Improve indoor ventilation
  • Isolation – of sick people and those who have been exposed to COVID-19

Additional Guidance and Resources

If your school sets up a temporary child care center, please follow CDC guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools.

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Long-term care facilities are at high risk for severe COVID-19 outbreaks due to their congregate nature and vulnerable population (e.g., older adults with multiple co-morbidities). These resources are intended to help long-term care facilities take the appropriate steps to prepare for and respond to cases of COVID-19 in their facility, and thereby protect the health of residents and staff.

Long-term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family homes, etc.) reporting positive cases and/or requesting COVID-19 guidance, please call:

  • 509-886-6145 (English)
  • 509-886-6146 (Spanish)

Staff Guidance

Visitor Guidance

Additional Guidance and Resources

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What is Coronavirus?

What are the symptoms?

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

How do I know if I need to be tested for COVID-19?

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

What are the steps in contact tracing?

What is a case investigation?

For more frequently asked questions, please visit: