FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FOR KLICKITAT COUNTY RESIDENTS
Last update: Feb. 4, 2022
How do I schedule an appointment for my COVID-19 vaccine?
You can schedule an appointment with your primary care provider at most hospitals and clinics. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Klickitat County Public Health (KCPH), you may either call the White Salmon office at 509-493-1558 or the Goldendale office at 509-773-4565 and someone will book an appointment for you. You may also go to www.klickitatcounty.org and book your appointment online. Click here to find places near you that are offering the COVID-19 vaccines.
I tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do now?
If you test positive, we recommend that you stay home and take care of yourself unless you are in need of emergency care. According to the CDC, most people experience mild to moderate illness and can recover at home. Staying hydrated and taking over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may make you feel better. Reach out to your primary care provider’s office if you have any specific medication questions. If you live with others, try and separate yourself as much as you can by staying in a specific room away from other people and the pets in your home. Using a separate bathroom is also recommended. If you need to leave your room briefly, make sure to wear a well-fitted KN95 or N95 mask in order to protect the other people in your home.
When should I seek emergency medical attention if I am positive for COVID-19?
If at any point you experience shortness of breath or trouble breathing, reach out to emergency services immediately. Difficulty breathing is always a medical emergency. You will need to go to a hospital where they can treat you. If at any point you experience severe headaches or high fevers that do not go away with medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, reach out to your medical provider right away. Other emergency medical symptoms include: persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms can be different for everyone but generally include some of the following: fever, chills, headache, muscle aches or pains, sore throat, sinus congestion, dry or productive cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, loss of smell or taste, and fatigue. Click here to access the CDC COVID-19 symptom checker.
How do I determine how long to quarantine after being in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 or determine how long I should isolate after a positive COVID-19 test?
If you test positive you will need to be isolated at home for 5 days from when your symptom started or the date of your positive test if you have no symptoms. For example, if on 2/1 you experienced a fever and cough, your end of isolation date will be 5 days later on 2/6. You can only end isolation after 5 days if you are fever-free without medications and your symptoms are improving. After 5 days of isolation, you should continue to wear a well-fitted KN95 or N95 face mask for an additional 5 days in order to protect others you may come into contact with inside and outside your home. Many residents find it helpful to count the days on a paper or digital calendar in order to keep track of their isolation dates and the isolation dates of their family members or housemates. In order to determine your quarantine or isolation date after exposure to COVID-19, please click here to visit the CDC quarantine and isolation webpage.
How do I know when my isolation period is over and I’m recovered?
In order for your isolation period to be over, 5 days must have passed since your symptoms started or you had a positive test AND you need to be fever free for 24 hours with your symptoms greatly improved. If your symptoms have not improved after 5 days, you are possibly still contagious and could spread COVID-19 to others. Make sure to reach out to your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any severe symptoms after 10 days.
Who should I consider a close contact?
A close contact is anyone who you have been in contact with within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer without a mask. Please note that household members are considered close contacts.
What should I tell my close contacts?
Please tell your close contacts to get tested 3 to 5 days after their last contact with you. If the close contact is not fully vaccinated, they should quarantine at home for 5 days after last close contact with you. If close contact is fully vaccinated, they should seek testing 5 days after last close contact with you, continue to wear a mask in public places, and monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days. If they develop symptoms, they should isolate immediately and get tested.
What should I tell the people in my household?
Household members are considered close contacts and if you can safely isolate away from them during your isolation period, that is recommended. If you are isolated away from unvaccinated household members, their quarantine starts on the last day you were in close contact. For example, if you had dinner with unvaccinated household members on 8/1, symptoms started and you isolated away from the household that night. 8/1 + 5 days = 8/6 is their end of isolation date.
If you are unable to isolate away from unvaccinated household members, their quarantine extends to 5 days past your isolation end date. This quarantine period for household members takes into account the incubation period for COVID-19 and constant exposure to house positive people. For example, Your symptoms started on 8/1. Your end of isolation date is 8/1 + 5 days=8/6. Unvaccinated household members who are not isolated away from you should quarantine for an additional 5 days past your end of isolation date. Fully vaccinated household members do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms of COVID-19.
What should I do if I have children at home?
If you have school aged children in the home, contact their school. The school and the health department work in conjunction to make sure kids and families have consistent guidance when there’s a COVID-19 exposure. If your child qualifies for vaccination, that is the best way to keep them in school and off quarantine since they will not have to isolate after an exposure unless they start having symptoms. If your child was exposed or tested positive for COVID-19, they will have to follow the same guidance as adults which includes the 5-day isolation after a positive test or 5 day quarantine after the last day of exposure.
Will someone from the health department contact me if I test positive for COVID-19?
Klickitat County Public Health will not be contacting you if you have a positive COVID-19 test. You do not need to report positive tests to the health department at this time. However, if you have any questions for the Health Department, please call either White Salmon or Goldendale directly. You will be put in touch with a nurse that can answer your questions. Washington State Department of Health will contact people aged 0-22 and 60 years and older, and people living in group settings (i.e. jails, group homes, and long term care facilities).
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
Access to testing changes regularly depending on demand in our community. For this reason it's important to reach out to your clinic, hospital or testing site in order to find out if they are still offering testing. Here's a link to a local website that has some resources on where to find testing sites locally: https://www.gorgeimpact.com/testing
Where can I get free COVID-19 test kits?
The Department of Health & Human Services is offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits. Every home in the US is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Also, the Washington State Department of Health is offering home test kits that can also be ordered and shipped directly to Washington State households at no cost. Supplies will be limited at first but will restock as more kits are supplied to the State. KCPH may have free home testing kits at any given time depending on the demand.