Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person worldwide. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

If you have symptoms and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow the Washington State Department of Health guidelines found Here

Lewis County is in Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington phased reopening plan.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Lewis County:

Positives (confirmed cases) 704 Lewis County residents
COVID-19-related deaths (confirmed cases) 12 Lewis County residents
Recovered 327 Lewis County residents

As of 3:00 pm, October 23, 2020

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*“Recovered” is defined as being alive and not hospitalized 28 days after symptoms began.

With COVID-19, people can be:
1. Not yet 28 days after onset of symptoms, and therefore not eligible to be assessed for recovery;


At least 28 days after first symptoms began AND
2. Alive and not hospitalized; OR
3. Still hospitalized; OR
4. Deceased; OR
5. Lost to follow up.

Only people in Category 2 are considered to have “recovered” from the disease.

District Cases Recovered
District 1 311 136
District 2 275 127
District 3 118 64
Total 704 327

As of 3:00 pm, October 23, 2020

Age Group Cases Deaths
19 and younger 85 0
20-29 131 0
30-39 114 0
40-49 103 0
50-59 101 0
60-69 67 0
70-79 51 3
80+ 52 9
Total 704 12

As of 3:00 pm, October 23, 2020


Expert Guidance and Recommendations

Look for specific expert guidance and recommendations for businesses, schools, community organizations, healthcare, and others listed alphabetically at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/ResourcesandRecommendations


Business and workers

  • Child Care
  • Foster Care Group Home Facilities (PDF)
  • Funeral Homes (PDF)
  • Homeless Service Providers
    • Homeless Shelters (PDF)
    • COVID-19 Tips for Homeless Service Providers (PDF)
    • Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers (PDF)
    • Home Isolation Guidance for Families and Individuals Living in Permanent Supportive Housing (PDF)
  • 24/7 State-Operated Facilities (PDF)
  • Jails and Detention Facilities
    • Recommendations for Jails and Detention Facilities with Onsite Medical (PDF)
    • Recommendations for Smaller Jails and Detention Facilities Without Onsite Medical (PDF)
  • Juvenile and Behavior Rehabilitation Facilities (PDF)
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools Guidance
  • Recommended Guidance for Daily COVID-19 Screening of Employees and Visitors (PDF)
  • Recommendations and Guidance to Protect Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
  • Taxi and Rideshare Services
    • Taxi Companies (PDF)
    • Taxi and Rideshare Drivers
  • Transient Accommodations (Hotels, Motels, B&Bs, etc.)
  • Wastewater Guidance
  • Water Recreation Facilities
  • Conducting Field Site Visits during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Guidance for Public Health Inspectors (PDF)
  • Guidance for Legionella and Building Water System Closures (PDF)
  • Identify Essential Functions for Onsite Sewage Systems (OSS) and Large OSS (LOSS) Operation (PDF)
  • Workplace and Employers
    • Food Workers and Food Establishments
      • Coronavirus Retail Food Establishments Supply Chain Issues & Conservation Strategies (PDF)
      • Dining Area Closures: Guidance for Food Establishments (PDF)
      • Guidance for Grocery and Other Food Stores Providing Essential Services (PDF)
      • Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Guidelines for Grocery and Food Stores (PDF)
      • Guidance for Restaurants Selling Grocery-type Items (PDF)
  • Youth Serving Community Organizations Guidance (PDF)

Healthcare Workers and Facilities

  • Dental Care Providers (PDF)
  • First Responders
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Section 1135 Waiver Requests
  • Testing, PPE, Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (PDF)

Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJ)

  • Local Government Planning Guide
  • LHJ webpage


  • Higher Education Facilities (PDF)
  • K-12 Facilities (PDF)
  • Guidelines for Student Housing - Higher Education Institutions

You and your family

  • Cloth Face Coverings (PDF)
    • Guidance in Spanish - Cubiertas de tela para la cara (PDF)
    • How to make a homemade mask. (Department of Labor and Industries)
    • Interested in donating PPE? - Here's how you can help.
  • Drinking Water (PDF)
  • Grocery Shopping Tips (PDF)
  • Parents and Caretakers
  • Persons Who are at Higher Risk for Serious Illness
  • Shopping with (WIC
    • Changes to WIC Allowed Foods in Response to COVID-19 (PDF)
    • COVID-19 - New Approved Foods List 4/9/2020 (PDF)

General Information

  • Actions taken to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 (PDF)
  • Communities Served by the Office of Infectious Disease COVID-19 Resources & Information
  • Community mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state (PDF)
  • Emergency Authorities and Regulatory Flexibility
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Education Materials - Available in multiple languages
  • Fact Sheet - Available in multiple languages
  • Learn about human coronaviruses (CDC)
  • Mental Health and Personal Impact: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has helpful resources related to mental health during infectious disease outbreaks.
    • Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
    • Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
    • Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreak
    • Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 counseling & support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • Situation summary, 2019 novel coronavirus (CDC)
  • Stigma Reduction
  • Washington State's official COVID-19 website