CDC coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jefferson County

*Last results received 3/6/2020. We are working with Jefferson Healthcare to provide the test result data. Last Updated: 3/9/2020 at 5:20 P.M.
Negatives 6
Test Results Pending

If you think you’ve been exposed to the virus and have respiratory symptoms, use Jefferson Healthcare’s dedicated COVID-19/Respiratory Illness Nurse Consult Line 360.344.3094 as a first step.

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COVID-19 Testing

Guidance around testing is somewhat complicated/confusing as more labs capable of testing come on line. In the beginning (and still for State Public Health Lab testing), Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Tom Locke, is required to approve testing requests following strict CDC Guidelines. Those guidelines have changed some over the weekend and he has adjusted his guidance accordingly. However, now that the University of Washington lab is now testing and we expect two private labs to begin testing this week and other private labs soon, providers can now make independent decisions about patients they believe need to be tested and Dr. Locke’s authorization is not needed. JCPH fully supports this change. JCPH will automatically receive positive test results from all of the labs approved for testing. While the recommendations for testing are still available to provide guidance to private providers, they are free to utilize their own professional judgement and knowledge of their patients to make their own decisions regarding testing. Only the State Lab requires Health Officer authorization to test/submit specimens. JCPH will be working with labs to provide us with the number of test results they have received from Jefferson County so that we have a denominator to go with the number of tests that come back positive. At least into the foreseeable future, we will be posting both number positive and number negative.

Resources & Recommendations

Our Current Recommendations

  1. Do not go to the emergency room unless it is essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you are experiencing symptoms like cough, fever, and other respiratory problems, contact your regular health care provider for advice. In many cases, you will not need to be seen and home self-care will be your best option.

  2. Stay home if you are sick. Children should not be sent to school; adults should not go to work if they are ill.

  3. Practice optimal person hygiene habits, including coughing into tissue or the elbow and avoidance of touching your eyes, nose, or mouth unless your hands are freshly washed or sanitized. Washing your hands before touching and eating food is also important.

  4. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 years of age or older or have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.

  5. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check the Jefferson Public Health Website (, Washington State Department of Health (, and Public Health-Seattle King County ( on a daily basis for updates.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice

If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.


If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.