East Wenatchee, WA – Recent testing at an agricultural congregate housing facility in Chelan Falls resulted in a slight uptick of positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Chelan County. Initial testing showed some workers had positive COVID-19 test results and that led the agricultural facility to test all members of the congregate housing unit. The five (5) farmworkers who recently tested positive for COVID-19 are currenlty in isolation.
Chelan-Douglas Health District is working with the agricultural industry to educate employees and employers about the COVID-19 virus. Public health urges all public members, especially those who are in some way connected to anyone in the agriculture industry, to continue to take public health precautions seriously. These are ways you can help stop the spread:
Wear a mask in public;
Wash your hands often or use hand-sanitizer;
Keep you distance from others in public – 6 feet if possible;
Limit entire families going to a grocery store;
Avoid social gatherings with people outside of your household; and
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have a fever, chills, dry cough, headache or body ache, recent loss of taste or smell.
Please educate yourself and help educate others. Together, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and work our way towards healthier and safer communities. The Chelan-Douglas Health District urges you to Be a Protector – Not an infector. For more information, visit www.cdhd.wa.gov and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.
2020-17 Chelan Falls Uptick in Case Count Press Release PDF – English and Spanish
East Wenatchee, WA – Yesterday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m., Secretary Wiesman of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) approved Chelan-Douglas Health District’s (CDHD) variance application to move to a Modified Phase I of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. The approval takes effect immediately and includes specific conditions and limitations for activities and businesses:
Recreation: Outdoor recreation involving 5 or fewer people outside your household (not including an instructor, with 6 foot distancing (camping, beaches, exercise classes, etc.) Gatherings: Allowed outdoors only, with 5 or fewer people outside your household per week Travel: Essential travel and limited non-essential travel for Phase I & II permissible activities Businesses/employers:
Retail – essential or otherwise, may operate at 50% of building occupancy with Phase II requirements regarding physical distancing and other infection prevention measures; businesses are responsible for controlling access appropriately. (Note that building occupancy capacity is based on Fire Marshal’s occupancy limits.)
Real estate at 25% of building occupancy; indoor services limited to 30 minutes
Professional services/office-based businesses at 25% of building occupancy; indoor services limited to 30 minutes for customers (telework remains strongly encouraged)
Hair and nail salons/barbers at 25% of building occupancy
Pet grooming at 25% of building occupancy
All outdoor food and beverage service may operate subject to Phase II guidance at 50% outdoor capacity with all tables/chairs maintaining at least 6 feet of distance and table size no larger than 5 persons. Additional or new outdoor seating would be allowed subject to maintaining 6 feet distance between table and chairs, as well as receiving any city permit needed.
All indoor food and beverage services may operate subject to Phase II guidance with the exception that at no time may the number of customers be at more than 25% indoor capacity with all tables/chairs maintaining at least 6 feet of distance and table size no larger than 5 persons. Furthermore, no bar-area seating is allowed.
“Businesses must carefully study and understand the Secretary’s letter and the other advisories which apply to their business,” said Barry Kling, Administrator of Chelan-Douglas Health District. To view a full list of the conditions and the Secretary’s letter, visit: http://cdhd.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/DOH-Approval-of-Modified-Phase-I.pdf. Businesses now closed may reopen as soon as they are able to implement the standards issued by the state and operate within the limitations from the Secretary’s letter as described above. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has a tool kit for businesses to use to help them prepare for reopening, it can be found at: http://wenatchee.org/covid-recovery-council.
This reopening guidance is not only a matter of what businesses do. What we do as individuals counts. “We still need to protect each other – not only because it is a basic civic responsibility but also because controlling COVID-19 is the best way to reopen our community and keep it that way,” added Kling. Here is some guidance for individuals to do to help keep our Valley reopened:
Wear face masks in public
Maintain at least 6 feet apart from others whenever possible
Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
Don’t touch your face
Avoid groups of more than five people outside of your household members
East Wenatchee, WA – A special online “Zoom” meeting for the Chelan-Douglas Health District Board of Health to review the reopening proposal was interrupted by hackers on June 5, 2020. The meeting was reconvened and recorded for members of the public to listen to the Board of Health vote on a new variance request to the Washington State Department of Health for consideration of a modified Phase 2 reopening. You can access the audio file at: http://cdhd.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/BOH-6.5.20-Mtg-Audio.mp4. Under the proposal, businesses would be allowed to reopen with reduced customer capacity. This includes:
In-store retail: 50% of capacity with social distancing and employee masking and gloves;
Personal services & professional services: 25% of capacity;
Restaurants: outdoor dining at 50% of capacity, indoor dining at 25% capacity and a requirement that tables be six feet apart;
Pet grooming: 25% of capacity;
Gatherings: no more than five non-household members attending;
Recreation, fitness & camping: outdoor only, no more than five non-household members and maintaining six feet of social distancing.
Chelan and Douglas counties are among only a handful of counties that remain in Phase 1 under the Governor’s Safe Start order. The Board of Health anticipates hearing soon on the proposal. For more information, visit www.cdhd.wa.gov.
East Wenatchee, WA – The Chelan-Douglas Health District Board of Health passed Resolution 2020-004 on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, calling for the gradual reopening of local businesses and organizations in a way that avoids unnecessary health risks. The board emphasized that the Health District’s priority is to work in partnership with businesses, organizations and families to implement effective COVID-19 safety measures as reopening proceeds.
East Wenatchee, WA – Many people are curious about the positive COVID-19 cases confirmed so far in Chelan and Douglas Counties. Chelan-Douglas Health District was not releasing details on individual cases to protect patient confidentiality. Unfortunately, because we now have enough cases, we will release grouped information.
One caution. You may live in a town with no lab confirmed cases so far. That does not mean the virus is not there. Recent studies make it very clear that there are many mild or non-symptomatic cases, that is, people don’t know they have coronavirus, and that they can infect others. Most people who get this infection will recover and be fine, but the measures we take now will save the lives of vulnerable people. You must do the same things – stay home, wash hands, etc. – whether or not there happen to be known cases in your town. The infection is there, and there will be more. STAY HOME – STAY HEALTHY – STAY SAFE.
The following information represents confirmed cases in Chelan and Douglas Counties as of April 1, 2020:
Confirmed Cases by Age
Age in Years
Confirmed Cases by Sex at Birth
Sex at Birth
Confirmed Cases by City
Statement on Deaths: There have been two (2) deaths among those who have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Both were more than 80 years old and had coexisting medical conditions.
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