Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


The Columbia County Public Health Department is monitoring a respiratory illness called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus strain. The county is coordinating with local government, school districts, EMS, medical providers and other community partners to provide guidance. This is a rapidly evolving situation, be sure to check Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website→ for the latest information and guidance. 

  • The Coronavirus is similar to the flu. Coronavirus (COVID19) is a newer strain of coronavirus that can cause mild symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

  • Symptoms can feel similar to the flu. Cold and flu are still circulating in Oregon, and are more likely to be the cause of symptoms such as cough and fever.  

  • 80% of those affected could experience mild to moderate symptoms and do not need to seek medical attention. We ask that this population STAY HOME until you are feeling healthy and without symptoms for at least 24 hours.

  • We ask that you not seek medical care unless you otherwise would for severe illness, or have had contact with a known confirmed case. If you do seek medical care, please call your healthcare provider before going into your medical facility. 

  • The people at highest risk are those who have close and prolonged exposure with known positive cases, our elderly population, and those with preexisting conditions such as a serious respiratory illness.

  • It is critical that our whole community work together to slow the spread of a highly contagious disease, such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) through social distancing. State recommendation is to please don't take any other unnecessary trips, and limit your travel to essential needs like going to the doctor, grabbing groceries, or getting medication. If you do leave your home, please stay at least 6 feet away from other people. We understand this is going to be uncomfortable and difficult for some, but our actions right now will have such an important impact on our communities' capacity to respond in the future. 

  • Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Check in with friends and loved ones virtually or by phone. Let's take this opportunity to support one another.

For general information on novel coronavirus, Dial 2-1-1, 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or visit→

For frequently asked questions, visit Oregon Health Authority Frequently Asked Questions→


What To Do If You Were Potentially Exposed→

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) and are recovering at home→

What To Do If You Are Sick→

At Risk Populations→

Preventing the Spread of Germs→

Resources for Home→

Resources for Community and Faith Based Leaders→

Guidance for School Settings→

Coping with Stress During and Infectious Outbreak→

Communication Resources→

Community Resources and Service Updates→


March 24th, 2020 Oregon State Police Emergency Declaration Enforcement FAQ

March 23rd, 2020 All State Parks Closed

March 23th, 2020 Governor Kate Brown Executive Order NO. 20-12: STAY HOME, SAVES LIVES. 

March 16th, 2020 Governor Kate Brown Announces New Statewide Actions on COVID-19

March 16th, 2020 Press Conference

March 13th, 2020 Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide School Closure for Students in Oregon from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31

Governor Kate Brown Issues Orders on COVID-19


Executive Order 20-12

Executive Order 20-10

Executive Order 20-09

Executive Order 20-08

Executive Order 20-07

Executive Order 20-06

Executive Order 20-05

Executive Order 20-03



Public Health Quick Links
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,
Fax: 888-204-8568

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00
Michael Paul