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COVID-19 Confirmed in 4 Additional Wahkiakum County Residents

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (WHHS) has received positive test result notifications for 4 additional COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County residents. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 195 cases with 23 of those potentially
active  and 5 fatalities.
Health and Human Services is working to identify anyone who may have an exposure risk because of contact with the
individuals. Those people with close contact will be notified by Health and Human Services (WHHS) staff.

Vaccines are freely available to anyone 12 or older in Wahkiakum County. Getting vaccinated is the best possible protection from COVID-19. WHHS encourages everyone who hasn’t already been vaccinated to contact the Health Department or their personal medical provider and get scheduled to get a vaccine. The Health Department can be reached at 360-849-4041, M-F 8 to 430.

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services is confirming that there is active community spread across Wahkiakum County. WHHS is urging citizens to practice safety measures such as social distancing, staying at home, wearing a mask if you have to socialize, and restricting activities to household members only.

The current risk of COVID-19 in Washington is still high. Public health is identifying 1000s more positive cases of the disease in the state every day. It is known that the disease is spreading
in Washington from person to person.

What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses aren’t new. They form a large family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold. Experts have not previously identified the coronavirus in the current outbreak, COVID-19.

How do coronaviruses spread?
The most common ways human coronaviruses spread:
• Coughing and sneezing.
• Contact with a sick person—within six feet—for 10 minutes or more.
• Contact with an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
Diseases don’t discriminate.
Go to for more information.  Diseases don’t discriminate or stop at city, county, or international borders. COVID-19 may have originated abroad, but not everyone from
parts of the world with increased risk has the disease or was potentially exposed to it.

Find updated information about the novel coronavirus at