Columbia County Public Health is here for you during COVID-19. We strive to be a local resource for information and recommendations to keep our Columbia County communities healthy during this time.
If you or someone you know wants to get tested for COVID-19 please contact your healthcare provider. If you have questions, please call Columbia County Health Systems at 509-382-2531. Columbia County Public Health does not provide COVID-19 testing and does not need to approve testing for COVID-19. All tests are reported to Columbia County Public Health and each patient is contacted by our Public Health nurses. Testing should come at no cost to the patient, whether they have insurance or not.
Washington State Dept. of Health Documents & Resources
COVID-19 Vaccine Patient Acknowledgment Forms:
Columbia County Phase III Business Recommendations & Guidelines
These are only guidelines to consider for reopening your business in Phase III. You CAN NOT open your business until Phase III guidelines are posted on the WA State Governor's website AND you can comply with those guidelines.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 or was exposed to COVID-19? Can I get tested for COVID-19?
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can call Columbia County Public Health at 509-382-2181 and ask for a Public Health nurse.
- You can also call Columbia County Health Systems at 509-382-2531
- Official COVID-19 Testing
Isolation vs. Quarantine
- What to do if I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19? (PDF)
- What to do if I was potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19? (PDF)
- What to do if I have symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? (PDF)
Isolation is a public health practice used to separate a person who is ill with a communicable disease from people who are healthy.
- For example, hospitals isolate patients with infectious tuberculosis.
- Isolation allows for the focused delivery of specialized health care to people who are ill.
- It can protect uninfected people from being exposed.
Quarantine is a public health practice to separate the movements of people who are well but have been exposed to a communicable disease.
- For example, facilities may be set up for exposed individuals to stay until it's clear they are healthy and are not at risk of spreading the virus.
- If a person begins to develop symptoms of an illness, they must immediately be moved to isolation.
The key difference between isolation and quarantine is that isolation is for people who ARE sick. Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to a disease but are NOT currently sick. Sick persons must not be kept alongside those who are not sick, regardless of their exposure status.
What if someone doesn't have a safe place to isolate or quarantine themselves?
- Please contact Public Health at 509-382-2181 if you or someone you know does not have a safe place to isolate or quarantine.
What happens during contact investigation and contact tracing? How will I know if I was exposed to a confirmed case?
When we receive notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19, we begin our contact investigation process.
We work with the patient and/or their representative to understand (1) where and how they may have been infected and (2) who they may have exposed while they were contagious.
We will ask the patient for the names and contact information for people that they had close contact with. We will also ask the patient where they went, including any time spent out in public places.
We notify everyone who had close contact with the patient and we ask them to monitor themselves for symptoms.
The contact investigation process may take a few hours or a few days to complete, depending on how many close contacts the patient had.
Steps to get at COVID-19 test
If you are feeling symptomatic (visit the Centers for Disease Control website to view a list of COVID-19 symptoms) and believe you need a COVID-19 test, you should follow a few steps:
- Call your healthcare provider, if you do not have one, please view list below.
- Go to the location provided by your healthcare provider to get your test.
- On arrival, call the number provided to you by your healthcare provider, and stay in your vehicle.
- After testing, if you have not already been contacted by a Public Health, please call 509-382-2181 and ask for a nurse.
- Columbia County Public Health will monitor your conditions daily until *test result are given.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you need emergency medical attention, please notify the 911 dispatcher that you have have tested positive for COVID-19.
*Test results take on average 1 to 4 business days to be processed.
Columbia County Health Care Providers List
Columbia Family Clinic Providers
- Dr. Terry, MD
- Dr. Park, MD
- Dr. Frauenpreis, MD
- Dawn Meicher, ARNP
- Kim Emery, ARNP
- Kortney Killgore-Smith, ARNP
- Jennifer Burnett, ARNP
Hours of operations are:
- Monday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Please note that the clinic opens at 9:00 am on Wednesday due to our weekly staff meeting.
Location: 1012 S 3rd Street, Dayton, WA 99328.
Emergency Room: 509.382.2531