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Columbia COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Total Cases* 252
Currently Infectious* 8
Negative Tests 8371
Hospitalizations 14
Deaths 1

UPDATE: The dashboard will be updated weekly on Thursdays by 12:00 P.M. Numbers were last updated on October 22nd, 2020. The number of positive tests and deaths included in this table may differ slightly from numbers on the Oregon Health Authority website.

*Total cases includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case.

*Currently infectious is defined as 10 days or less from symptoms onset.

The number of individuals tested is provided by the Oregon Health Authority. COVID-19 testing is ordered at the discretion of local health care providers. Public Health does not provide COVID-19 testing and does not need to approve testing for COVID-19. Data for the state is available here→.

This graph includes both presumptive and confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported to Columbia County. This will be updated weekly. 

ZIP code level data represents where a person lives. It does not necessarily show where the disease was acquired. At this time, such information may lead to false confidence in areas with fewer recorded cases and unfounded fears in areas with more cases. For information about ZIP codes in other jurisdictions, sign up for weekly updates→

COVID-19 cases by zip code

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OHA is publishing data on cases at the ZIP code level. To protect patient privacy, ZIP coded with small populations or small numbers of cases will be aggregated. Cases from ZIP codes with fewer than 1,000 people will be reported as one number. ZIP codes that have few than 10 cases will be reported as "1-9". ZIP codes with no cases will have a "0". ZIP code populations were retrieved from the 2010 US Census Bureau ZIP Code. This graph will be updated weekly.

For school reopening metrics by county please visit Oregon Department of Education Reopening Dashboard→

COVID-19 and Wildfire Information

COVID-19 Interim Shelter Guidance

Wildfire Evacuation Protocol for People Quarantining or Isolating Due to Covid-19

Columbia County Department of Emergency Management: Wildfire Season 2020


What you need to know

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. 

What is novel coronavirus COVID-19?

Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread to people since December 2019. Also referred to as COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), experts are working hard to understand the disease and how it spreads. There is no vaccine or treatment at this time. 

How is it spread?

We are learning more every day about how the virus spreads. It spreads mainly from close contact with an infected person via droplets released by coughs and sneezes. New evidence suggests that the virus can spread before symptoms are present. It is also possible to get sick by touching an infected surface then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

Recommendations for when and how to use face coverings can be found here→.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

  • Use this new symptom checker tool→. The tool offers an online checklist to help people decide if their symptoms and underlying health conditions are serious enough that they should go to the hospital, visit their provider at a clinic, or can recover at home. By providing their zip code, users can see the nearest clinic with space available. It also alerts people to the steps they can take depending on their risk level, from calling a physician, to an advice nurse, to 211 for other support. The tool is available in 15 different languages.
  • About 80% of people who have COVID-19 will have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, like a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Six new symptoms announced in late April by the CDC are chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
  • If you would otherwise not seek treatment for your symptoms, we ask that you stay home and away from others in your household, rest and recover, while monitoring your symptoms. Go here for additional home guidance→.
  • If symptoms worsen, call your health care provider or urgent care facility before showing up.
  • Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Visit the At Risk Populations page→ for more information.
  • If able, individuals who need emergency care should tell 911 and the hospital about any known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and travel to any affected areas.

What about testing?

Columbia County Public Health follows CDC and OHA guidelines around testing priorities and recommendations, which you can read about on the CDC's website→. Only a medical provider can determine if you meet the requirements for test. Please contact your medical provider with questions about testing.

How can I protect myself?

  • 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→.
  • 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.
  • Follow the Stay Home, Save Lives→ order.
  • Pregnant women should visit the CDC's website→ for the most current guidance.
  • Breastfeeding women should visit Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine→ for the most current guidance.

Stay informed

Have questions?

State and Local News

Helpful websites

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)→: The Oregon Health Authority has the latest data about COVID-19 in Oregon. You can sign up for email and social media updates, 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)→: The CDC has a vast library of resources and information for prevention, FAQs→ and resources. You can sign up for email and social media updates.

World Health Organization (WHO)→: Visit this website for a global picture of the outbreak.

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Fax: 888-204-8568

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8:30 a.m. to 5:00
Michael Paul